An original 1940s men's blouson jacket which is reversible between a suede and a leather side.
This style of jacket gained popularity in the 1930s and started to be a more common casual jacket by the 1940s. They were made in a variety of materials with both leather and suede being popular. Reversible jackets such as this were also produced during this period and offered the owner two jackets for the price of one.
The suede side of the jacket features attractive D shape pockets with large flaps which fasten with a button. The cuffs are barrel style and fasten with brown leather football buttons through to both sides and the waistband is elasticated. The leather size also features twin D-Shaped pockets although these fasten with brass zips which are maker marked 'UKMAL' which may give some insight into the origin of the jacket. The main zipper is a brass 'Prentice' branded example which is a period replacement. I assume the original zip would have been double sided.
The jacket is a larger size which will suit up to a 44" chest depending on desired fit. When laid flat it measures -
Chest - 25 1/2"
Inside arm - 20"
Outside arm - 25 1/2"
Shoulders - 18 1/4"
Length at back - 26"
The jacket is in well worn condition as can be seen in the pictures. There are plenty of signs of use along with some staining etc. The very bottom of the zip is worn on one side as illustrated in picture 4. Overall the jacket has a great patina to it and looks to be wearable but please take time to study the pictures before purchasing and bear in mind that it is a vintage, pre-owned item which may have small flaws commensurate with age.
A great looking mid-Century jacket with some excellent details.
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