1950s Clothing

Hickey-Freeman topcoat size L late 1950s early 60s

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Size: L

***Fit will depend on what you wear underneath, as well as your preference for a looser or tighter fit—compare our “flat” measurements to a jacket or coat that fits you well, for best results.***
Chest: measures 47” flat to fit approx. 42”, over clothing
Sleeve length: 36” (26.5” from shoulder seam to sleeve hem)
Length: 44.5” from back of neck to hem
Shoulder seam to shoulder seam: 17.25”
Label: Hickey-Freeman Customized, Corrigan Twill (store label: Maurice L Rothschild, in Chicago)

This blue-black and brown, two-tone or sharkskin men’s topcoat by Hickey-Freeman dates from the late 1950s or early 1960s. The coat has a very “Mad Men”-era style, with its color-changing fabric, the notched, but relatively small lapels, and the padded, but not too padded, square shoulders. The lighter-weight fabric feels more like a heavy suit fabric than the typical, fuzzier wool fabric used for more casual, and heavier, winter coats. The fabric is labeled “Corrigan Twill”, a blend of worsted wool (long-staple, smooth wool) and Dacron, according to vintage Hickey-Freeman advertisements. The coat has a three-button closure in front, with smaller buttons trimming the trompe l’oeil sleeve “cuffs”. It has two slash pockets, plus an inner chest pocket. The coat has a center back slit and it is three-quarters lined with dark brown, rayon satin fabric. It is in very good condition, with some light “scuffs” to the two-tone fabric on the right shoulder—they are unlikely to be as noticeable when the coat is worn, as they are under our extra-bright photo lights. This classic men’s vintage topcoat the perfect layer for wearing over a suit, or on its own in the warmer fall and spring weather. In the mid 20th century, Hickey-Freeman was well known for their quality clothing, and this elegant 1950s-60s men’s coat is a great example!

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