Original Mid WW2 RAF Irvin Flying Jacket by 'Wareings'

Original Mid WW2 RAF Irvin Flying Jacket by 'Wareings'

Code: 55081

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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 its original main zip which is a type often encountered on wartime jackets. The puller features three vertical lines and the maker's name of 'Lightning'. The sleeves feature sympathetic replacement brass zips. 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 metal hanging chain is still present and is unattached from the jacket at one end although this could be reinstated without too much of a problem. 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"
Inside arm - 20"
Outside arm - 22 1/2"
Shoulders - 21"
Length - 25"

The jacket is in good 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 length of stitching which has popped along the shoulder seam which is illustrated in picture 10. This isn't a huge issue as it is structurally still solid and wearable. There are also various areas of insect damage which show as small holes in the leather. Again this hasn't weakened the structure of the jacket and is mostly cosmetic. There is also some missing sheepskin to the cuffs and other areas as illustrated in the pictures. A section of the belt tail appears to have had the front and back pieces glued together although this has been done very well and is only noticeable under close scrutiny. Overall it is a good example with soft, pliable leather which is still a nice bright chestnut colour which has darkened with age. Please take time to study the pictures and bear in mind that this is a vintage, pre-owned item which has some small flaws commensurate with age.

A nice mid-late war jacket which would make a great addition to any collection or wardrobe without a doubt!