This is the M-1951 fishtail parka first used by the United States Army in 1950 during the Korean War. Designed primarily for infantry, they were oversized as they were designed to be worn over battle dress and other layers. Also known as the M-51, the M stands for military and the number for the year it was standardised. The name fishtail comes from the fish tail extension at the back designed to be tied around the soldier's legs for extra insulation and could also be folded up and popper secured.
This is a 2nd generation M-51 parka made in the lighter weight cotton cloth and has the manufacturing date 1952 printed inside the hood. The parka is complete with button detachable wolf fur trim hood and button detachable wool cotton liner, and a heavy duty Crown aluminum front zipper. Made in the USA.
Used and in good vintage condition for being 70 years old, with general signs of wear, abrasion and discolouration throughout. There has been a large stitch repaired area along the right (as worn) lower side seam but this is hardly noticeable due to the position. Steamed and ready for a new owner.
All my vintage listings unless otherwise stated are true vintage and have been worn before, therefore they will typically show signs of wear, which is all part of the vintage look and appeal.
COLOUR: Olive Green
SIZE: Medium with a 56in full external chest measurement this is very oversized and could easily fit size L or bigger - depending how loose you like to wear (please see below for all key measurements to check against a similar garment of your own to ensure a good fit).
FABRIC: Outershell: 100% Cotton; Liner: Wool Cotton with synthetic ripstop face; Hood: Cotton Shell with Wool Lining and Wolf Fur Trim. This is a heavy parka approx 2.6kg
- Heavy duty Crown aluminium front zipper with fabric puller
- Popper front storm flap
- Button fasten shoulder epaulettes
- Fishtail rear hem
- Waist and hem drawcords
- Button part elasticated cuffs
- 2 lower popper flap entry hand warmer pockets
- Fixed hood with drawstring and leather toggles
- Button detachable hood, fur trim, drawstring & leather toggles
- Button detachable liner
HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR SIZE: Please DO NOT solely rely on the listed size for your correct fit. Designers often use different measurements for sizes depending on the overall look they desire, so sizes can not only vary brand to brand but also within the same brand. Also, for vintage and pre-worn items the shape may have changed after years of being worn. The best way to ensure your correct fit is to compare the measurements listed to a similar item that fits you well.
EXTERNAL MEASUREMENTS: Please check against a similar garment of your own that fits you well, measuring flat and fully zipped or buttoned up (if applicable) on a flat surface:
A - CHEST - armpit to armpit (double for full chest): 28in (71cm)
B - SLEEVE - shoulder seam to cuff end: 25in (63.5cm)
C - SHOULDER - distance between shoulder seams straight across at the back: 23in (58cm)
D - LENGTH - at the centre back from the base of the collar to the hem: 40in (101.5cm)