A very nice original mid to late Second World War Irvin Flying Jacket in good condition. The square collar shade denotes this as being made by 'Wareings' who were one of the most prolific maker's of these jackets during WW2.
This jacket features a 'multi panel' construction which is typical of the examples made in the middle of the war and in the latter stages. The panels are made from mismatched off cuts and left over pieces of sheepskin which create a patchwork, contrasting effect. The jacket retains all original zips with the main zipper being a 'D.O.T. branded example as are often found on WW2 manufactured jackets but may be a period replacement. The sleeves feature Air Ministry marked zips which feature the teardrop shape pullers used by 'Swift' but are marked 'F.F. Ltd'. All the zips work well with one of the cuff zips retaining its original leather puller. The original waist belt is also present and features a nickel plated buckle. Metal eyelets are fitted as vents to each armpit and there are two metal loops under the collar which fasten the collar strap.
Inside the jacket the original leather hanging loop is still present and is in good order. When the jacket is laid open the variety of sheepskin styles used is plain to see.
The jacket is a smaller size which will suit up to a 38" chest for a fitted look or a smaller chest for a more authentic period look. When studying the measurements it is important to remember that the jacket is made of thick sheepskin which needs to be accounted for. When laid flat it measures -
Chest - 22 1/2"
Inside arm - 21"
Outside arm - 24"
Shoulders - 20 3/4"
Length - 23 3/4"
The jacket is in excellent, wearable condition overall and it displays very well. It is still supple and shows no signs of stitch rot etc. It does have a few small flaws, the majority of which are detailed in the pictures. There is a small slit to the leathert to the rear of the right sleeve which is illustrated in picture 18. Overall it is a good example but please take time to study the pictures and bear in mind that this is a vintage, pre-owned item which may have small flaws commensurate with age.
A very nice mid-late war jacket which would make a great addition to any collection or wardrobe without a doubt!
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