aswatland said:All the photos posted here, apart from the one of JC is wearing, date from the early to mid 1930s. The AN-J3 dates from 1943. The jacket you describe as having a zip and button pockets is an A2 be SAT, dating from 1932. It is clear from the photo that the A-1 with the name strip above the left pocket does indeed have one pocket higher than the other. It may have been a production error or a field addition as Fletch suggests. Without the actual jacket to examine we will never know for sure.
Lone_Ranger said:My bad. I always thought the AN-J3 pre-dated the A-2. Since, it is essentially a Navy G-1, without the mouton collar. But it was supposed to be a replacement for the A-2.
aswatland said:British humour I'm afraid. I doubt if more than a few SAT A2s still exist today.
CBI said:Yes, love these photos. I am sure John Chapman would try this contract if he had an original to work from. I don't think he replicates from photos alone. I'll bet someday soon ...........................
I think quite a bit of this look is/could be achieved with his other jackets with a slightly roomier fit and some added details. But nothing beats a clone of a contract (except the real thing!)
Anything's possible. Security never got another A-2 contract, so maybe they weren't up to gov't standards. A lot probably depended on being the low bidder in 1932...
The A-1 pre-dated the A2. The AN-J-3 was not issued and there are no surviving ones with a military spec issue label. The AN-J-3a had a mouton collar and was essentially an M422A but made for the USAAF and USN in the 1944 fiscal year and was a replacement for the A2.
In good condition $10K+ perhaps. There were probably no more than 500 originally made with so few still around today.
...Erm, and with all due respect, I think this ANJ-3 that was on display at LAX would disagree.