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  1. Raul

    Finds and Deals - Leather Jacket Edition

    I agree, this is the reason why I already wrote in the past that a thread like this one but dedicated to european items would be welcome and helpful for some of us
  2. Raul

    Help with dating and identifying a jacket

    I agree that it is a bit different, most Lesco had one more diagonal pocket on left breast. From the zippers is it possible to approximately date it?
  3. Raul

    Help with dating and identifying a jacket

    thank you Marc I didn't see that thread, but if it could be identified as a Lesco or Branded, why the Tripp label? Horse or steer?
  4. Raul

    Help with dating and identifying a jacket

    Hi, anyone can help in dating and identifying this jacket? No label inside (maybe lost) only the care label remains that indicates as manufacturer Tripp NYC, a brand unknown to me and surely not high quality, brass scovill zippers and buttons. Maybe from the 70s? Do you think it's horsehide or...
  5. Raul

    Finds and Deals - Leather Jacket Edition

    This is a couriers broker that I used a couple of times to ship from USA to Italy, prices are very low compared to "normal" courier rates and often also lower that USPS but much faster, it's worth to check it out: https://www.ipsparcel.com/quote.cfm?
  6. Raul

    Brooks Gold Label Cross-Zip!

    Steerhide I suppose
  7. Raul

    Finds and Deals - Leather Jacket Edition

    Beautiful! Too bad it's not a 42!
  8. Raul

    40s-50s Woolrich Mackinaw button

    I just bought a vintage Woolrich Mackinaw in very good conditions for its age, from the label it seems to be from late 40s to early 50s. No worn-out wool even on friction prone parts. There is some small repair to do but nothing important. The worst thing is a missing button (bakelite?) on one...
  9. Raul

    Finds and Deals - Leather Jacket Edition

    Considering the costs and hassle to have jackets shipped from overseas, for us european it could be nice to have a sub-thread dedicated to finds and deals in europe...
  10. Raul

    Wesco Mister Lou engineer boots: fit/sizing?

    Well, I actually wore them very little for the restrictions we had here in Italy, so no broken in yet. Once on I feel my feet comfortable but it's still a bit complicated to put and remove them. It depends also if your feet is narrow or fat (mine is rather narrow). Or you can buy a size up and...
  11. Raul

    cracks on old horsehide jacket

    Just out of curiosity, did anyone ever try on jackets those "liquid leather" products used to repair cracks on leather upholstery?
  12. Raul

    cracks on old horsehide jacket

    other known issues: - the liner is very good so maybe it has been replaced at some point in the past - one sleeve zipper puller has been replaced with a modern buzz rickson puller and it should be replaced with a old brass conmar - several wrinkles on the collar - the chains on the pocket...
  13. Raul

    cracks on old horsehide jacket

    The jacket we are talking about is a Buco J-21/22, pics below.
  14. Raul

    cracks on old horsehide jacket

    A jacket I could be interested in has these cracks on the hide, even though the leather is thick and still pliable in these areas, are these kind of superficial cracks a real bad thing in any case? Is there anything that can be done to eventually reduce them? Thanks
  15. Raul

    Of mouton collars...

    I resurrect this old tread for a question about mouton collars discolorations, I saw pics of G1 collars that started dark brown and faded to a wonderful rusty and blond color (like this 1968 Brill Bros). Is there a way to artificially accelerate this change? Maybe a lot of sun exposure? Or the...
  16. Raul

    Want to Buy: original vintage 50s Buco J21-22 size 42

    I am looking for a vintage (not repro) horsehide Buco J-21 or J-22 (2nd label with plaid lining) in very good/excellent original conditions, size 42 (I usually am a 40R but it seems that these jackets run a little small). Early J-24 horsehide could be also an option. A deal within Europe would...
  17. Raul

    Finds and Deals - Leather Jacket Edition

    Here is the same jacket for something less: https://buyee.jp/item/yahoo/auction/c884017042
  18. Raul

    Finds and Deals - Leather Jacket Edition

    My grais is from the 50s, thread here: https://www.thefedoralounge.com/threads/50s-grais-horsehide-lining-restored.101998/ Very good quality hide with great patina, nearly everytime I wear it someone says "wow, that's a nice jacket!"
  19. Raul

    Buying the right Lee 101J

    So as long as the 101-J was on the label we can infer that the quality of the jacket, and also the fabric, remained pretty much the same?
  20. Raul

    Buying the right Lee 101J

    Yes, it's possible that for some year they mismatched the labels. Anyway that guy's Storm Rider jacket is definitely from 70s as it has a printed (and not embroidered) internal label and a ®MR tag on the pocket. By the way that union label with red number was already used in the 50s so it's...

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