I was at a militaria fair yesterday and bought my first Irvin. I cannot post pics at the moment but here are the details:
Firstly, I am no Irvin expert. I collect A-2s but this seemed an absolute steal.
The linen spec label is present but very feint. I can make out the size (7) and it states a waist and height measurement (up to 38 waist and 6 foot??). The label is printed in what looks like an old typewriter font. Hanging tab is leather.
It is a two panel jacket, single panel fronts (one seam down back) so it is early.
Zip puller is missing from front but sleeve zips are stamped with Crown AM and FF Ltd. The pullers are a teardrop shape. The front puller box does not have a hole for the zipper pull – just a rebate so I will need to find a spare puller from somewhere.
Sheepskin is very compact and not wooly. The collar is slightly woolier but the main body is more comparable to the density of a D1 if this makes sense.
There is no under collar strap and there appears to be no evidence of there ever being one. The surface is very matt as any original coating has worn off. The belt looks hardly worn (still very stiff) and there is no wear to the sheepskin on the cuffs or waist. The tapes and underarm grommets retain their shine. All stitching is perfect and very tight with small stitches.
Overall condition is fantastic with no signs of wear (apart from the matt surface) The underarm grommets almost look new. In fact, I thought from a distance it was a repro it is that mint. There is no smell to the jacket and it may have been professionally cleaned – not sure.
I cannot identify the contractor as the label is so feint.
I would be interested if anyone out there has a period front zip puller or I may get Eastman to supply one.