I'm an assistant professor currently working on an article about young men's fashion at Oxford and Cambridge during the Victorian and Edwardian age. A member of www.askandyaboutclothes.com recommended that I post my question here at Cutter and Tailor.
I've run across an 1870 article from London's The Graphic, which states,
Young Oxford now promenades the avenue in the metropolitan frock coat and Lincoln or P. over-coat without being considered guilty of any infringement of the rules of taste. ("Oxford 669)
Can anyone tell me what "P." is an abbreviation for? A forum member at Ask Andy suggested that "pea coat" actually derives from "P. coat," as the "P" stood for pilot-cloth. Can anyone confirm whether this is true?
Many thanks in advance for your help.