Magnificent THE FEW Rough Wear A-2 in size 48 (46 fit)

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  1. Fiver64

    Fiver64 One of the Regulars

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    Hello All! This is a catch and release that almost makes me cry. A superb A-2 from THE FEW in a hard-to-find larger size. Made in New Zealand out of veg-tanned hand-coated aniline horsehide with fabulous grain. The sad reality is that it’s just to tight in the shoulders for me. Although it’s marked 48, it fits and measures closer to a 46, which is what I normally wear. As far as authentic build goes, not sure you can find better, unless custom made! The leather is in near-mint condition with no visible wear and no pilling on the knits. HOWEVER, there are a few very small snag holes (see pics) in the waist knits, directly above where the pants pockets would be, so I suspect the previous owner snagged them with his car keys. You can’t see the little holes when wearing the jacket unless you stretch the knits, so it really doesn’t detract. Other than that, this jacket is hardly worn and very clean and no smoke odor. I really wish it would have fit me because I doubt I’ll ever find nicer!

    There’s even a neat story behind this jacket, none of which I can really prove, but I have no reason to doubt the seller as the story came after I had already closed the deal with him. I purchased the jacket from a gentleman with the last name of Strait. He mentioned that his grandfather was a ace during WW2, who flew P-51s and P-47s. After I received this jacket I pressed him for more info.....given the obvious coolness factor. He told me that his grandfather was Major-General Donald Strait, and that he actually had two A-2 Jackets from him. One was his original, which he obviously wanted to keep,
     

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  2. draš katalenić

    draš katalenić One of the Regulars

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    Price?
     
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  3. Fiver64

    Fiver64 One of the Regulars

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    Crap! The ad cut off the measurements and the price! Sorry, price is ASKING $1500 or consider trade for similar quality A-2 from quality maker (Aero, Good Wear, Eastman, etc). Will consider Partial trades for jackets with CHEST of a least 25” (x2) And SLEEVES of 27” and Back Length of 26+”. I’m also looking for an Aero “Indiana” jacket is size 46.

    The rest of the story: This jacket was worn at reunions by Strait. Strait passed away in 2015. The quality is as good as it gets and I thought the provenance was quite cool!

    MEASUREMENTS:
    CHEST (laid flat under pits x2) 23.5”
    SHOULDER (across upper back from seam to seam) 19.5”
    BACK LENGTH (from base of collar to end of relaxed knits) 25”
    SLEEVES (from point of shoulder to end of relaxed knits) 25.5”
    EPSULETS (Taper) from 1.5” to 1.25” and placed on TOP of shoulder
    Wartime Nickel TALON zip.
     
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  4. Fiver64

    Fiver64 One of the Regulars

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    Bump...... PRICE REDUCED! $1400 or TRADE, INCLUDES FREE SHIPPING IN US AND CANADA! It'll be on the Lounge for about a week before going on the 'Bay. Make a reasonable offer before it's gone!
     
  5. Fiver64

    Fiver64 One of the Regulars

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    $1350!
     
  6. Fiver64

    Fiver64 One of the Regulars

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    $1300
     
  7. Fiver64

    Fiver64 One of the Regulars

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    $1200.....
     
  8. Fiver64

    Fiver64 One of the Regulars

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    $1100
     
  9. Fiver64

    Fiver64 One of the Regulars

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    $900 shipped CONUS. That's $99 cheaper than I have it listed on Ebay!
     
  10. Fiver64

    Fiver64 One of the Regulars

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    This jacket is no longer for sale, sorry!
     

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