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50s grais horsehide lining restored

Raul

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Two weeks ago I bought a nice 50s Grais horsehide (pony) wit a great patina, but it had the lining in bad shape, sleeves lining destroyed and body lining rather dirty, with a previous patch at the bottom and a big tear/hole near the collar, the pockets lining were in bad shape too:
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I wanted to keep it as original as possible but the lady who did the job had to replace the sleeves lining with new satin, replace the damaged inside of the pockets, remove the body lining (and took the occasion to wash it before stitching it back on), add a stripe of black leather at the bottom replacing the old patch and under the collar covering the tear, in this way most part of the original padded body lining was saved, including the label with its original zig-zag stitching. I had to sacrifice some originality but I surely added several years of life to it. I have to say I am happy with the result
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Lebowski

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Two weeks ago I bought a nice 50s Grais horsehide (pony) wit a great patina, but it had the lining in bad shape, sleeves lining destroyed and body lining rather dirty, with a previous patch at the bottom and a big tear/hole near the collar, the pockets lining were in bad shape too:
DTklVXd.jpg


ZdSltst.jpg

DhnRs1I.jpg

YX8RbSb.jpg


I wanted to keep it as original as possible but the lady who did the job had to replace the sleeves lining with new satin, replace the damaged inside of the pockets, remove the body lining (and took the occasion to wash it before stitching it back on), add a stripe of black leather at the bottom replacing the old patch and under the collar covering the tear, in this way most part of the original padded body lining was saved, including the label with its original zig-zag stitching. I had to sacrifice some originality but I surely added several years of life to it. I have to say I am happy with the result
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1I7dq9C.jpg
Perfect, the only thing I'd like more is using raw tan colored hh/cowhide at the hem instead of that blacke one. I'd also add raw tan hide inserts at the armpits between body and sleeves.
 

tmitchell59

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You did a great job on this restoration. Looks like it is worth the effort. I have had the same leather neck strip done on a Hercules I own. I've seen many old jackets with home made hem repairs. Some were good some were not so good. That jacket is at least 60 years old so it is going to have some wear.
 

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