Original 1940s Swedish Livpäls M1944 Sheepskin Parka Overcoat
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About this item
An original Swedish Army M1944 Parka Overcoat dating from the 1940s.
These coats have become an iconic item today and have featured in numerous films and other places in popular culture. They are called 'Livpäls' by the Swedes which means a coat for life - and it certainly looks like it would last that long!
The outer of the coat is made from a mouse grey coloured cotton canvas which is a hard wearing, durable fabric. Patch pockets are fitted to the lower portion of the front of the coat and feature three button flaps which are typical of Swedish military items of this period. The front of the coat fastens with buttons and the cuffs feature a buttoning tab. The lowermost front button has had a long thread shank added to allow for the skirt to open when working - a nice period modification. Under each arm is an opening which acts as a vent. The interior of the coat features a thick pile sheepskin lining which will certainly keep you warm! A metal hook and eye is present to the collar as is a tab which allows the collar to be fastened around the neck for extra warmth.
There are various stamps to the interior including one of the manufacturer's name. The original label is also still present and is clear and legible and bears the words 'Militar Utrustningar'.
These coats are a very large item, designed to be worn over the top of an outfit. It is a size 2 which is roughly a medium size and when laid flat the coat measures -
Chest - 25"
Inside arm - 18 1/2"
Outside arm - 26 1/2"
Shoulders - 20"
Length - 39"
When checking the measurements above it is important to take into account that the lining lining of the coat is very thick.
The coat is in good condition as can be seen in the pictures. It has some signs of wear and age with areas of discolouration to the exterior. There is also some limited discolouration to the sheepskin lining although this is to be expected from real fur. Please take time to study the pictures before purchasing and bear in mind that this is a vintage, pre worn item which may have small flaws commensurate with age.
An iconic coat, guaranteed to be warmer than anything else you own!