Whatever happened to the British Warm?

#1
I have just watched a clip of John Sargent waiting to interview Mrs Thatcher during her leadership contest - wearing a British Warm.

Whatever happened to the British Warm? I haven't seen anyone wearing one for years.

And I am also struggling to work out why it was called the "British Warm"? Am I right; was it so called?

Litotes
 
#2
Litotes said:
I have just watched a clip of John Sargent waiting to interview Mrs Thatcher during her leadership contest - wearing a British Warm.

Whatever happened to the British Warm? I haven't seen anyone wearing one for years.

And I am also struggling to work out why it was called the "British Warm"? Am I right; was it so called?

Litotes
I certainly recall it being called that, as for why, I'm afraid I have no idea, other than the obvious.
 
#3
I always thought they were posh officers greatcoats from WW1
 

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#5
Not sure of the authenticity of this but: British Warm

Remember my Dad wearing his in the 1950's & 60's.
 
#6
Left mine in an ex-girlfriends wardrobe.

In 1979.

Never got it back.

Carolyn, if you are reading this, you owe me a coat.

Oh, and my ex wife sent my Gloverall dufflecoat to the drycleaners, didnt tell me and never collected it.



Just realised that Ive got as much luck with coats as I have with women.........
 
#8
EgyptianPTInstructor said:
Left mine in an ex-girlfriends wardrobe.

In 1979.

Never got it back.

Carolyn, if you are reading this, you owe me a coat.

Oh, and my ex wife sent my Gloverall dufflecoat to the drycleaners, didnt tell me and never collected it.



Just realised that Ive got as much luck with coats as I have with women.........
I guess John Sargeant is wearing it now...
 
#9
When I first joined the Royal Signals (V) in the early '90s they were still approved as Officers dress in the guidance to Young Officers handbook.

Worn without any rank badges IIRC.
 
#10
EgyptianPTInstructor said:
Left mine in an ex-girlfriends wardrobe.

In 1979.

Never got it back.

Carolyn, if you are reading this, you owe me a coat.

Oh, and my ex wife sent my Gloverall dufflecoat to the drycleaners, didnt tell me and never collected it.
Is that what caused her to become your ex wife?
 
#11
EgyptianPTInstructor said:
Left mine in an ex-girlfriends wardrobe.

In 1979.

Never got it back.

Carolyn, if you are reading this, you owe me a coat.

Oh, and my ex wife sent my Gloverall dufflecoat to the drycleaners, didnt tell me and never collected it.



Just realised that Ive got as much luck with coats as I have with women.........
Left mine on a train between London and Andover :( :( :(
 
#12
I still believe it can be private purchased by Officer types.
 
#13
I'm pretty sure you can.

I remember seeing it described in Gunner Dress Regs (but can't remember how old it was).

Originally, it was worn with rank badges (bronze I believe), but this seems to have fallen out of favour sometime after WW2.
 
#14
Wonderful overcoats made from a very high grade of Crombie cloth they were often worn with plain clothes too - probably why badges of rank ceased to be worn on them during the austere post WW2 years.
I rather reluctantly parted with mine some time ago after 30 years of faithful military and civilian service as it had mysteriously shrunk!
 
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#15
Still got my tatty old one inherited from a mate of my Dad's a National Service Subbie in the 4/7 DG. So dates from late 50's
 

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#16
Still have mine - worn with suit/bowler/umbrella on Nov 11th when not in uniform. Lovely coat.
 
#17
Ethel_the_Aardvark said:
EgyptianPTInstructor said:
Left mine in an ex-girlfriends wardrobe.

In 1979.

Never got it back.

Carolyn, if you are reading this, you owe me a coat.

Oh, and my ex wife sent my Gloverall dufflecoat to the drycleaners, didnt tell me and never collected it.
Is that what caused her to become your ex wife?


No - she was a Scouser!!
 
#18
rickshaw-major said:
EgyptianPTInstructor said:
Left mine in an ex-girlfriends wardrobe.

In 1979.

Never got it back.

Carolyn, if you are reading this, you owe me a coat.

Oh, and my ex wife sent my Gloverall dufflecoat to the drycleaners, didnt tell me and never collected it.



Just realised that Ive got as much luck with coats as I have with women.........
Left mine on a train between London and Andover :( :( :(
I inherited one in Andover in 03. Sadly it didn't fit me or (weirdly) my predecessor. I gave it to a very deserving SO2 not that it was really mine to give!
 
#20
I dare say that you could try here;

http://www.cordings.co.uk/

Might be out of season, but they can sort you out for all your other needs 'n' tweeds.
 

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