To Button or Not To Button
Peacoats look best buttoned, so we suggest you always button up! The iconic shape and fit comes from the rows of buttons spaced evenly down the length of the trunk and torso.
The Design of Peacoat Buttons
The peacoats worn in the U.S. Navy today feature thick, large black plastic buttons imprinted with an anchor wrapped in a rope, and a ring of 13 stars surrounding it. The original image, minus the stars, is called a “fouled anchor” and dates back to the personal seal of Lord Howard of Effingham, the High Admiral of England in the 1500s. You may also see gold brass buttons on a midnight blue peacoat. Traditionally, chief petty officers and select others could upgrade their military coats with the brass buttons. A pewter button appeared for a time and had an anchor in the design used as a perch for a large eagle with a stack of cannonballs.
Many different navies use buttons with some variant of the fouled anchor design, and the button material can be different depending on the country and date. Black plastic, gold brass, pewter, horn, and mother of pearl have all been used at one time or another on authentic naval pea coats.
Replacing Pea Coat Buttons
When it's time to replace the buttons on your pea coat, or when you lose a button, we carry peacoat replacement buttons.