When did Eastman change their Luftwaffe label?

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  1. robrinay

    robrinay One Too Many

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    I’m trying to work out roughly when my latest jacket was made. It’s got the Ostmann Luftwaffe label, shiny zips, pleated back and brown hide overdyed black. It was a bargain at £150 on greedbay UK
     

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  2. willyto

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    @HPA Rep might know this info.

    I have a DB black coat with this label too.
     
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  3. tropicalbob

    tropicalbob My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    I seem to remember it being discussed either here or on the Eastman site. Hard to remember exactly when: two or three years ago?
     
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  4. robrinay

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    Thank you for the advice, I’ll follow it.
     
  5. Downunder G Man

    Downunder G Man Practically Family

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    I have 2 of these jackets , both 44" , basically exactly the same. You may wonder why ?
    The first I bought new in 1990 ,and basically wore it to the destruction of the blue cotton lining.
    Had it relined here in Perth Western Australia in the late 90's in black cotton.
    AND had a copy/replica made in black goat at the same time..
    September 2015 I bought an "almost new" Eastman Luftwaffe again in 44" with blue lining, bought used in the UK.
    Advertised on ebay.uk as "barely used" and 3 years old (2012/13). When it arrived it was brand spanking new !
    381 pounds sterling delivered airmail to Perth Western Australia at the time.
    First two photos are of the 30 year old jacket (but very recent photos). Next two are of the 2012 made jacket.
    Both have the "original" Luftwaffe label ( I really like it !)

    Eastman Luftwaffe 30 years at Scarbs.jpg
    Eastman Luftwaffe 30 years on.jpg
    Eastman Luftwaffe at Eden Beach.jpg
    Eastman Luftwaffe 3.JPG
     
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  6. robrinay

    robrinay One Too Many

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    Thank you for that - I love this jacket and label too. I saw my first about 13 years ago as I started my collection, with a too small Aero A2 I bought from an antique dealer. Her friend had a stall at a local antique fair and was selling a 44” Eastman Luftwaffe for £300 which I thought was a bit too expensive at the time. I’ve regretted not buying it since then and been continually looking for a reasonably priced one by setting up a search on eBay for an ‘Ostmann jacket’ in the hope that the seller wouldn’t know what it was and would list it on a low ‘buy it now’.
     
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  7. willyto

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    I was lucky enough to buy my WWI German 3/4 black coat from ELC for just 430€ or so from Ebay in France. Basically unworn, it just had a small flaw with the top stitch in one of the seams that joins the shoulder and the arm which was unravelling and was cut.

    Not sure it poses a structural damage but I have yet to contact Eastman to see about that. Haven’t worn it yet but it was too good a price to pass.
     
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  8. Downunder G Man

    Downunder G Man Practically Family

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    Fantastic quality jackets and I have a real affinity for them ( even tho' I now own MULTIPLE other brands also quality !)

    My 1990 version I bought new while still resident in the UK , bought "mail order" from Devon. ( no 'net back then !)

    It became my daily wearer there until emigration to Australia in 1995.

    Then wore it here constantly as I rode a Harley as everyday transport for over 15 years. Often proved "too hot".
    Hence the Greek leatherworker "exact copy". Company called Sinnikka leather , still operating
    260/290 dry days a year here you could do that ! Photos of that jacket attached,

    Sinnika Eastman copy 2.jpg

    Sinnika Eastman copy 3.jpg
     
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  9. robrinay

    robrinay One Too Many

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    Ah I wondered about the 3/4 coat with this label I found one on eBay - first time I’ve seen one.
     
  10. Downunder G Man

    Downunder G Man Practically Family

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    just finished digging thru' the lounge and my own "Your content" page and it seems the "Luftwaffe label" stayed until 2017.

    So your jacket is pre 2017 but could be much much older , like my 30 year old version !

    What I can tell you is that the original blue lining is wear prone , but of course lots of jackets have that to a greater or lesser extent. I have actually worn the "new" black lining in mine close to threadbare in a couple of spots.

    Your ebay buying price seems well priced/ a good buy at 150 Squids sterling.

    I did just recently see a scruffity/well worn example on eBay UK , cant see from your photos if it is yours ? Sure does not look like it from what you can see.
     
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  11. robrinay

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    I saw the scruffy one too - It went for more than mine.
    The item number for mine was
    283878439334 And the pics weren’t too flattering - I don’t think the seller knew what he had. My lining is in good condition and so is the hide with the brown showing through in the right places. I’ve just washed it and it’s now drying in the sun stretched out flat. I’ll give it a Finger application - light coat of Pecard when it’s dry and let the sun melt it in.
     
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