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Frederick The Monk
61167.  Tue Mar 21, 2006 7:30 am Reply with quote

Question: What does Alan do with Walrus Teeth?

Forfeits: Eat/ juggle

Answer: He wears them. 'Warlus Teeth' are the four wooden toggle fastenings on a traditional duffle coat.

Notes: A Duffle Coat, also Duffel Coat, is a warm coat made from thick wool. The name derives from Duffel, a town in the province of Antwerp in Belgium where the material originates (as in Duffle Bag).
Duffle coats are a tradtional British garment, dating from 1890 when John Partridge, a manufacturer of outdoor clothing, started to market coats made from duffle fabric.
A tradtional British duffle coat should have the following features;
- Made of genuine Duffel, lined with a wooly tartan pattern.
- A hood and buttonable neck strap
- Four front wooden toggle-fastenings (known as "walrus teeth") with four leather loops to attach them to.
- Two large outside pockets with covering flaps.
- It should be three-quarter length.

After rain, a duffle coat has a characteristic smoky smell.

The duffel coat owes its popularity to the British Royal Navy, who issued a camel-coloured variant of it widely as an item of warm clothing during World War II. Large stocks of post-war military surplus coats available at reasonable prices to the general public meant that these coats became a ubiquitous and popular item of clothing in the 1950s and 1960s.

Other famous duffle coat wearers include Dudley Moore and Paddington Bear, a children's story and television character.

Jonathan Creek - this character from a light-hearted BBC TV detective series is defined at least in part by his Duffel coat. Reportedly, while the BBC were in talks with Alan Davies to play the role of Jonathan Creek, he clinched the part by turning up at a BBC Christmas party in his own, now-famous Duffel coat.

Links to: Donkey Jackets



Researcher: JP

Last edited by Frederick The Monk on Fri Mar 31, 2006 8:56 am; edited 1 time in total

61169.  Tue Mar 21, 2006 7:40 am Reply with quote

Foot’s coat was very smart, as well as practical. There’s a picture of it here miniurl.

The Queen Mum thought it was very nice. The coat has now been donated to the People's History Museum in Manchester (formerly known as the Museum of Labour History).

Frederick The Monk
61177.  Tue Mar 21, 2006 7:53 am Reply with quote

Thanks Mat. It would be nice to set the record straight on the coat wouldn't it so I've turned the question round and filed under 'Donkey jackets'.

Frederick The Monk
63081.  Fri Mar 31, 2006 11:26 am Reply with quote

Updated 31/03/06


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