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  1. matei

    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...
  2. matei

    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
  6. matei

    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...
  7. matei

    A2/B6 roundel query

    Thanks for the responses. That jacket looks good Boyo, I think I'll go with the same thing.
  8. matei

    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...
  11. matei

    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...
  13. matei

    Help in dating old family picture

    Wow - enlightening, thanks!
  14. matei

    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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    Help in dating old family picture

    Wow - didn't realise that!
  17. matei

    Help in dating old family picture

    Ah, thanks very much for the detailed answer. I thought it looked like the type of photo that one would get done at the very type of studio that you described. It is on a postcard, on the back it actually states POST CARD in English. I would assume they did this after they immigrated to the...
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    Help in dating old family picture

    Hi all, Apologies if this is perhaps the wrong place to post this query! I fear it may predate the Golden Era by perhaps 20-40 years. I'm trying to date the attached picture, it is a picture of my Italian ancestors. I've been told that it is my great-great-grandfather with his mother and...
  19. matei

    FS: Vintage 1940s US Military Khaki Trousers Large Size High Waisted

    Hi all, This might be of interest to any UK or European loungers - here in the UK I'm selling my pair of larger sized US military men's khaki trousers, excellent condition for their age. Perfect for re-enactors or vintage clothing aficionados. These are original 1940s or early 1950s...
  20. matei

    Newsboy cap query - bill size query (B!wear)

    Hi all, About to place an order for a Newsboy style cap from Bwear, a Rocky version (as I'm after a floppier look than the modern caps), however I've read that the bill is a bit longer/bigger with this style. Were I to order one with a normal size bill, but the larger bonnet - would that...

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