Schott NYC Men's 740 Classic Navy Pea CoatIN STOCK
The 32" classic 32 oz. Melton Wool Navy Peacoat features military anchor buttons, hand warmer pockets, two inside chest pockets, a vented back and nylon quilted lining. Our wool is 75 percent reprocessed wool, 25 percent nylon and other fibers. The contents are interlocked and pressed together before the wool is cut to ensure maximum protection against the elements.
Made in the U.S.A.
The US Navy Peacoat was adopted during the early 20th Century, from
Britain’s Royal Navy Reefer Jacket. The Royal Navy's first regulations
for uniforms for other ranks were issued in 1857, a century after the
regulations for officers and this garment was originally used by
Midshipmen ( Reefers ). These crewmen had to climb the rigging and furl
and unfurl, or ‘reef’, the sails of the sailing ships of the era. The
jacket was short, to allow ease of movement through the rigging. It had a
double-breasted front, which displaced the buttons to each side. This
helped reduce the chance of them getting caught on ropes, as the wearer
maneuvered the sails. The pockets were often close to vertical, and over
the flanks, rather than horizontal and at wrist level. It was made of a
very heavy wool, in dark Navy blue, with a nap on the face side.
The success of the style is proved by its singularly universal appearance
throughout the Navies of Europe. This may account for the US Navy's
nomenclature as an Anglicization of the Dutch ‘Pijekkat, being a jacket
made of ‘Pij’ (a coarse wool) cloth. Conversely, it may be from the
shortening of the Belgium Navies term ‘Pilot’s Jacket’ to P. Jacket,
then being misspelled / adapted to Pea Coat. The term ‘Pea Jacket’ is
reputed to first appear in the Oxford English Dictionary between 1717
and 1723. ‘Pea Coat’ does not appear for another century.
Material: Melton Wool