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  1. H.Johnson

    ALL REPRO R.A.F. Irvin type jackets

    Andrew, Yes, this date concurs with what I was told in the early 1980s by the then proprietor of ALC. The company was a spin-off of Mota-Lita, which used to be one of the foremost makers of leather-covered aluminium steering wheels as fitted to sports cars of the time. As he told it, the...
  2. H.Johnson

    ALL REPRO R.A.F. Irvin type jackets

    John, Thanks. My CCC BoB has named Zip zips (!) It is such a good repro that on at least one occasion I thought about swapping the zips (Zips?) for some NOS WW2 Dot zips I had. It would have made an excellent repro for the time (1990) and I probably would have worn it instead of leaving it...
  3. H.Johnson

    ALL REPRO R.A.F. Irvin type jackets

    John, I think the BoB Ltd Edn. was different from the other Cockpit CC jackets. It isn't like yours (or an Eastman) at all. Do we have an accurate time-line for the production of Irvin jacket reproductions? I think that The Cockpit (and others) were making repros. before Irvin did. I...
  4. H.Johnson

    ALL REPRO R.A.F. Irvin type jackets

    John, I have one of the Cockpit Clothing Company's (of Southampton, of course) Battle of Britain Limited Edition jackets. It has the same front and back panels as early WW2 jackets but with panelled sleeves such as your example above. The fleeces and 'strips' were supposed to be specially...
  5. H.Johnson

    Steam train travel

    Yes, yes and yes! As often as possible. My favourite main line special being PMRC Tours on the West Coast Mainline (including Holyhead and Settle to Carlisle). Duchess of Sutherland, 6233 is being overhauled at the moment, but a Royal Scot and a Princess are doing stirling work (!) on the...
  6. H.Johnson

    Guernsey jumper

    Gansey exhibition Steve, My informant had the wrong town - the exhibition is at Cromer Museum. Here is a link: http://www.maritimeheritageeast.org.uk/exhibitions/ganseys It certainly looks worth visiting. Look at the fantastic photos! Note the 'muffler' worn at the neck in one case. I...
  7. H.Johnson

    Guernsey jumper

    Exhibition in Great Yarmouth StevieBoy1, I have just been told about an exhibition of traditional Humber and Norfolk ganseys at a museum in Great Yarmouth. Do you know anything about it?
  8. H.Johnson

    Guernsey jumper

    Thanks - I wasn't sure of it was a permanent exhibition or not. I walked Hadrian's Wall last year and visited the exhibition in Whitby after a fellow walker told be about it. I'm planning to do Wainwright's coast to coast walk this summer and will try to visit the exhibition again. I'd...
  9. H.Johnson

    Guernsey jumper

    Yes, thanks - I visited just to see the exhibition last year. Is it still there, do you know? I think the ganseys for sale are by Flamborough Manor. I buy my wool from them. They also sell the book by Gladys Thompson: Thompson, Gladys (1979) Patterns for Guernseys, Jerseys & Arans...
  10. H.Johnson

    Guernsey jumper

    North-east Fishermans'Ganseys I have taken up knitting very late in life (being taught by my daughter, which is nice) and the traditional styles of fishermans' ganseys have become an interest. I mean the patterns that were worn in the little fishing villages of Northumberland and Yorkshire in...
  11. H.Johnson

    Who makes the best Safari Pants? I posted a couple links so please add yours : )

    My favourite hot country wear is surplus British 1950 pattern khaki drill tropical gear. You can get the four pocket Aertex bush jacket (with belt), cross-belted long shorts, cross-belted long trousers (I go for the RAF rather than the Army version as they don't have the map and dressing...
  12. H.Johnson

    ALL ORIGINAL Irvin RAF type Jackets - Loving that Wolf in sheeps' clothing!

    Andrew, Thanks. Yes, these Wareings are fine jackets. I often wonder why zips (ostensibly from the same maker and similar periods) have different stopper boxes, some plain (like mine) and some marked as yours is. I have heard it discussed that the bronze-coloured Lightning pullers that...
  13. H.Johnson

    ALL ORIGINAL Irvin RAF type Jackets - Loving that Wolf in sheeps' clothing!

    Excellent jacket, Andrew. I have an example in similar condition from about a year later, with the same Aero sleeve zips, but a single trunnion pressed main zip puller. I can't quite make it out in your photograph - does the stopper box on your jacket have 'Dot' marking or is it plain? Mine...
  14. H.Johnson

    White RAF Roll Neck Sweaters

    Keith, Thanks for your effort. I think it could be the same company - 'Glen' seems to occur a lot their details. Maybe they only used the name Glen Gordon for government contracts. Your directory sound like a fine publication indeed! Thanks
  15. H.Johnson

    Suits in Alfred Hitchcock's Foreign Correspondent

    This practice (puuting on trousers after shoes) was normal for the 1930s and 40s generation. When I started to wear modestly slim cut trousers in the late 1950s ('drainpipes' were at the more extreme end of fashion) my father's cronies would invariably ask, 'How do you put your trousers on over...
  16. H.Johnson

    British leather jackets from BEFORE the 1950s?

    Mr. Badger, I think that you fine jacket has unfortunately succumbed to the condition known as 'heat' - bacterialogical breakdown, usually accelerated by the damp/dry cycle. This is common in war-time and early postwar jackets due to inadequate (often vegetable) tanning. It may only show up...
  17. H.Johnson

    British leather jackets from BEFORE the 1950s?

    Militus and Wareings Mr. Badger, As you say, 'Militus' was the 'own brand' label of Milletts Ltd., which sold a wide range of sporting/outdoor, motoring and military surplus clothing. They were founded in (I think) 1928 and are, of course, still in business, albeit in a very different...
  18. H.Johnson

    WW2 RAF OA Service Dress Uniform

    WW2 RAF OA SD Uniform Sorry, I forgot to mention, it has no belt.
  19. H.Johnson

    WW2 RAF OA Service Dress Uniform

    There is a WW2 RAF OA Service Dress Uniform (1941 dated 'Airman's Simplified') on a market stall in the regular Saturday outdoor market at Leek, Staffordshire, for anyone who can get there. The jacket is generally good condition, but has one cigarette burn on the skirt. This is covered when it...
  20. H.Johnson

    White RAF Roll Neck Sweaters

    Keith, My favourite Jersey, Heavy, which I have owned and put to heavy use for thirty years, is by Glen Gordon Ltd. I always assumed them to be Scottish. Have you any idea if they were one of the Leicester companies?
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