An original early WW2 RAF Irvin Flying jacket which was made by Wareings.
Introduced into service during the 1930s and officially designated 'Jacket, Flying, Thermally Insulated', this jacket is typical of those worn during the early stages of the Second World by both Fighter and Bomber Command. This example was made by 'Wareings' as part of a contract placed in 1940 and would have potentially carried the 'Wareings Suit' label originally.
The rear of the jacket features a single seam which is the most obvious sign of an early war jacket. The collar is noticeably square which is a trait of Wareings made jackets, as are the wider belt loops and the style of metal hanging chain. The collar retains its leather tab and both of the corresponding metal rings are also present to the underside. Two eyelets are also still present, to which an elasticated band can be fitted. The original waist belt is also still present and is in good condition with one metal eyelet missing as illustrated in picture 16.
The main zip is the original early war D.O.T type which retains its factory fitted leather pull tabs which is testament to the excellent condition and originality of this jacket. The bucket at the bottom of the main zipper is marked 'DOT Made in England'. The left sleeve zip is the original which bears the War Department broad arrow marking and again retains its leather puller, whilst the other zip is a sympathetic brass replacement.
The jacket is a smaller size which will suit around a 36" chest depending on desired fit. When laid flat the jacket measures -
Chest - 22"
Inside arm - 19 1/2"
Outside arm - 24 1/2"
Shoulders - 20"
Length - 22 1/2"
The jacket is in good condition as can be seen in the pictures. It is still a lovely, bright conker brown colour, the sheepskin lining is very good and a nice fresh colour. The jacket has a very supple feel to it and it displays very well. It does have some repairs where the leather has torn or split which appear to have been done with epoxy glue or similar which seems to have done a good job. There are a couple of other holes to the rear which are very small and illustrated in 21. On the whole the jacket displays well and will put up with careful wearing but it is a vintage item which has some issues commensurate with age. Please take time to study the pictures carefully before purchasing.
A nice early war jacket which would suit a Battle of Britain collector very well.