Info needed on Brill Bros. G1 jacket

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by pjman, Jan 9, 2018.

  1. pjman

    pjman Familiar Face

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    The jacket in question is a Brill Bros. G1, with a label that reads 'DSA 100-70-C-0484'.
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    Does this mean it was a C-series jacket made in 1970?
    Is it goatskin or cowhide?
    How do Brill Bros. stack up in terms of quality?
    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. El Marro

    El Marro Call Me a Cab

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    pjman,
    The jacket was indeed made in 1970 but it is not a C series jacket. On the line above the DSA number there is a line that reads MIL-J-7823... The letter immediately following 7823 indicates the series of the jacket. Your jacket is either a D or E series jacket because the series changed from D to E right around that time.
    I believe cowhide G-1s did not come along until a bit later than 1970 so your Brill Brothers should be goatskin. From what I have read the Brill Brothers jackets are considered to be fine quality and certainly equivalent to Star Sportswear and other G-1s from that era.
     
  3. pjman

    pjman Familiar Face

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    Thanks very much for the information!
     
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  4. Peacoat

    Peacoat Bartender Bartender

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    I agree with @El Marro. He knows his G-1s.

    If your G-1 is a D series, it should be goat. After that it is hit or miss.
     
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  5. El Marro

    El Marro Call Me a Cab

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    Thanks Peacoat!
    Most of what I have learned about G-1's has been from fellow members right here on the lounge. I often find that I am parroting something or other that Atticus Finch posted in the past responding to a similar question or inquiry.
     
  6. Flightengineer

    Flightengineer Practically Family

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    Agree. My first G-1 was Brill DSA 100-73-C-0035, it was cowhide quite heavy and squeaky, despite the tag 42 fit true 38 . It was C - serie... sold it.
     
  7. Peter 1956

    Peter 1956 One of the Regulars

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    I have three. Two mint from 70s and an 82. first two goat the 82 not sure but extremely well made .
     
  8. Peacoat

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    I have two. One is an Irvin B. Foster 1962 model, and the other is a current issue I bought for a friend of mine who outgrew his original issue G-1. It was too small for him, so he gave it back to me.
     
  9. Peter 1956

    Peter 1956 One of the Regulars

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    Love to see pics of them both. Is your current issue Excelled?
     
  10. Peacoat

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    Yes, the current issue is Excelled, an E series, I think. It has a SPO 100 prefix. The original owner wrote his name in the label with a magic marker. Makes it hard to read the text.

    I forgot, but I also have a LL Bean G-1 (civilian) that is shearling lined. It is a warm jacket.
     
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