A beat up ol' 'Irvin' flying jacket.

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by SpitfireIV, Sep 17, 2020.

  1. SpitfireIV

    SpitfireIV New in Town

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    Hi guys,

    Just looking for a few pointers on a recent accusation. So I picked up this beat up 'Irvin' style flying jacket for pretty cheap from eBay recently. The seller didn't give much info and I didn't want to ask too many questions that might alert them to the fact that it may have been a Cirrus and you know....starting price may have gone up!

    I say Cirrus for a few reasons, ie the shorter zippers at the cuffs and the style of cuff zipper used, the buckle arrangement on the collar, the three vents in the underarm gussets and the style of buckle on the waste belt.

    I'm happy enough with what I got for the price I paid. I took a gamble with a few rudimentary measures given and lucked out I reckon as regards fit. What I did get feels and smells very very old however and I can't see a Cirrus label, just one very grubby suede label inside with all I can make out being 'RAF PILOT' and under this 'IRVIN', there is some more text but I can't make it out.

    The jacket is fairly beat, and in need of a damn good clean and conditioning but I don't mind. I have a '71 Spitfire (the automotive variety) so it'll be a nice jacket, once I carry out some repair work on, to wear in the colder days with the top down.

    Apart from the right front panel and right upper arm front section which was professionally repaired by a previous owner (obviously thought enough of it to have pro repairs carried out) with a very supple and thick shearling the rest is original and quite hard.

    Does anyone know who may have made this and an approx year?

    Has anyone here ever been in touch with any of the current makers with regard to obtaining small sections of shearling for repair panels?

    Some pics (sorry about the grubby trousers, was just in out of the workshop )

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  2. Monitor

    Monitor

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    Cool! Love these!
     
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  3. Will Zach

    Will Zach One Too Many

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    Very cool. I call them "rescued" jackets, as in those that found a home with someone who appreciates their age and history. Good luck with the identification.
     
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  4. bn1966

    bn1966 Call Me a Cab

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    Had a few Cirrus jackets, rubbed label is certainly about the right size / colour for one of theirs. Had a couple of 1500 Spitfires, one was great and the other wasn’t :)
     
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  5. SpitfireIV

    SpitfireIV New in Town

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    Cheers guys! :)

    With a closer look I can indeed make out 'Cirrus' on the label. Happy enough with that so. I'm guessing just by the feel and smell that it's an old one!

    The leather is bone dry and many patches will be required to get this one presentable!! :D

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    ^ not the jacket featured here.
     
  6. bn1966

    bn1966 Call Me a Cab

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    That car brings back memories, good and bad :) I wear an Eastman D-1 shearling having baked in my last Irvin type, car wise I’ve discovered the Abarth 595 Competizione...small and aggressive:)
     

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