help ID flight jacket

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by breezer, Mar 9, 2018.

  1. breezer

    breezer Practically Family

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    hey can anyone shed any light on this jacket......is it original or reproduction? IMG_8180.jpg
     
  2. aswatland

    aswatland My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    It is an original Irvin from 1939-40. It lacks the male size of the belt.
     
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  3. breezer

    breezer Practically Family

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    thanks! Leather looks a little crusty and it needs a few repairs......but I might buy it
     
  4. aswatland

    aswatland My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    If the price is fair it could be a bargain!
     
  5. breezer

    breezer Practically Family

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    know nothing about these - but its available, might take a punt on it......stupidly I forgot to try it on for size when I inspected it earlier. Looked about the right size. Are these 39/40 Irvins rare and/ or desirable?
     
  6. rocketeer

    rocketeer Call Me a Cab

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    It may be rare but not that uncomon the amount we see pushed through eBay. I know collectors go crazy for good condition stuff, especially if in almost unworn condition but this looks like it has served it's owner well. Probably not that collectable unless it could be surface refinished though I doubt that would be possible. It would make a nice start to a novice collector, similar to me with a rubbish B3, I went on to upgrade to a much nicer one.
    Just imagine the stories this could tell, maybe some wartime history from a bomber crew to driving building trucks during the post war winter years or taking some guy to work on his old combination before he could afford a new Mini.
     
  7. breezer

    breezer Practically Family

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    thanks Rocketeeer - I like it when vintage pieces turn up locally - and yes, the history is very intriguing. I still think about the Panerai Kampfschwimmer that turned up at a local sale-room...probably brought home from the war and left in a drawer for decades.
     
  8. breezer

    breezer Practically Family

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    sold for £360 at local auction - I didn't even get a bid in, shame as it fitted me well. But one arm was hanging off and as noted above, one side of belt was missing.
     

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