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    Clean/renovate interior of old leather briefcase

    Hi all…. I picked up a vintage leather briefcase for a few quid over the weekend. I believe it is from the ‘60s - based on the other things being sold at the stand (they look like they came from the same estate sale). The exterior is in decent shape, as is the interior - it is just raw...
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    Straw hat - fedora style- recommendation?

    Thanks for the suggestions! I'll enquire as to the Peter Brothers people, although they might have issues sending something to me over here. I did look at the Capricorn as well, something to consider as I'm not a straw purist; I have a synthetic straw one now and it deals with the copious...
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    Straw hat - fedora style- recommendation?

    Hi all! Long time, no post. Can someone recommend a straw hat, but with a taller crown - like the vintage Fedora-style dimensions (ie taller crown)? Here in the UK all I can see when I go into the shops that do sell hats are modern lower crowns, huge brims etc. thanks!
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    Pecards query

    Hmmm... I could do with all the waterproofing I can get, we get a lot of rain! ;-) Joking aside, I intend to use it sparingly. I'd like to test it by bringing Mrs. Matei's black lambskin jacket back to life, it was sat forgotten in a wardrobe for nearly 10 years... and prior to that it never...
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    Pecards query

    Thanks all…. I have a few jackets that need some TLC, the ELC ones are ok now - just planning for the future
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    Pecards query

    Hi all... I just ordered some Pecards online to use with my new-ish jackets (ELC and Aero, plus some a few others) but I seem to have ordered the wrong version of Pecards - I got the Antique dressing rather than the standard one. Any harm in using this, or does it have some special mojo for...
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    A2/B6 roundel query

    Thanks for the responses. That jacket looks good Boyo, I think I'll go with the same thing.
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    A2/B6 roundel query

    Hi all, Just curious as to the historical accuracy of the USAAF roundel on the shoulders of A2/B6 jackets? I'm going to order an ELC B6 and was considering getting one put on... the decal type - but wasn't sure if they were ever applied to new jackets? Not that I'm going to become a...
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    ELC A-2 Rough Wear 27752

    Thanks everyone! :-) I was on my way to a gig at an RAF base nearby (they were celebrating the Battle of Britain) and was told to dress more conservatively... as I was leaving decided to put it on - I figured it would be pertinent to the occasion to wear a flight jacket, but you are right it...
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    ELC A-2 Rough Wear 27752

    Hi all... once again the FL has been an invaluable source of info re. jacket research. I recently bought a Rough Wear 27752 A-2 from ELC. The first one they sent was really nice, but a wee bit too short. I had a really nice conversation with Dave @ ELC over the phone and he recommended I...
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    Eastman Brooklands 3/4 motoring coat query

    Super, thanks for the helpful replies. That is just what I was hoping to hear re. the weight and type of hide. I don’t wear the Barnstormer as much as I would like because it is so stiff and heavy. I wore it in an Oslo winter some years back, and it was so cold that the leather turned stiff...
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    Eastman Brooklands 3/4 motoring coat query

    Hi all, I recently took delivery of an amazing ELC Rough Wear A2, in horsehide. It fits like the proverbial glove and the horsehide is supple, figured and lightweight. The experience with ELC was so pleasant (ordering, chatting with Dave at ELC, the packaging and of course the finished...
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    Help in dating old family picture

    Wow - enlightening, thanks!
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    1930's cocktail cabinet

    Thanks, we're happy with the result. The veneer is quite a bit thicker than I was expecting, about the thickness of a medium guitar pick. There are a few chips where the cabinet bashed into the walls of the van, but I can live with those. It also came with the original strainer and cocktail...
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    1930's cocktail cabinet

    Hi all, Prior to my post yesterday, realised that I haven't posted for ages, so I figured I'd share our 1930's-era cocktail cabinet that we picked up about a year ago. We got it for a steal on eBay from a family up in Manchester, they no longer had the space so they wanted it gone. It had...

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