Ian. Does your 38 fit as a 38 or does it run larger to allow for a jersey beneath it?
If I recall correctly, the WWII era pea coats measure just over two inches above their labeled chest size. It's been a few years since I've measured my coat or visited the measurements of mine and others, so don't hold me to that, though.Great looking jacket. Think I'm probably a 40 then in that WWII cut.
I also have a leather one, made in Japan by R.Newbold/Paul Smith, and it was the jacket I picked to wear for 3 weeks in Jan in London 2 or 3 years back, and it served me really well. Yes, really heavy to pick up but fine when worn. I did try on some issued ones once in a used clothing store but didn't think they really suited me.Hmm, very nice and I particularly like the big collar - might have to sell my Schott leather Peacoat before I go after one of those! I bought it in New York in mid 90's for about $400 I think and it's a lovely warm coat but heavy albeit not so much when wearing it!!
You're dead right it's a bunch of arse with Photobucket now. I logged in to try and download some old photos I had on there which I don't have anywhere else and in the end signed out after getting sick and tired of being bombarded with enormous amounts of advertising.Haven't been on the forum for a little while and I've just realised the implications of this Photobucket 3rd party hosting bar. This thread is probably the last thing I posted photos in and they're gone which means every photo I've posted on here over the years are also gone and I'm sure this applies to a lot of members. An awful lot of valuable information down the drain. That's bullshit !