D&H has the iconic Schott pea coat; style 740N. Made in the USA. This is the real deal!
Wool is an incredible natural fiber with properties that make it the ultimate material for warm and cool weather. It’s the only material on earth that is naturally grown by mammals to regulate their body temperature and this works for us too! It is water resistant, flame retardant and since soil sits on the surface, it’s easy to clean. Wool is breathable and wicks moisture from the body when you’re warm and insulates to trap warm air near the body when you’re cold. In fact, wool can absorb 35% of it’s own weight in moisture without feeling wet to the touch. The durable wool fibers are crimped like a spring, which allows it to keep its shape even when being stretched up to 30%, this means your jacket will remain wrinkle free for a lifetime of use.
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.
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.