A fantastic original early WW2 RAF Irvin Flying jacket which was made by Wareings and is larger size 42" chest.
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 attribute of an early war jacket. The collar is noticeably square which is a trait of Wareings made jackets, as are the wider belt loops. The collar retains its leather strap and both of the corresponding metal rings are also present to the underside. Two eyelets are also still present to the rear of the collar to which is fitted an original black elastic collar strap which are often missing from jackets offered for sale today. These collar straps were a feature on early jackets but were not fitted later in the war. The waist belt is the original and retains its original chromium plated buckle.
The jacket retains all of its original 'D.O.T.' branded zippers throughout which are all in very good condition and work perfectly. The reverse of each zip puller features the Air Ministry AM and crown logo and the main zipper retains its original leather pull tab whilst the sleeve features new made replacements made to the correct pattern. Other hardware includes brown painted metal eyelets fitted underneath each arm to allow for air circulation.
The jacket is a larger size which will suit around a 42" chest depending on desired fit. When laid flat the jacket measures -
Chest - 24"
Inside arm - 23 1/2"
Outside arm - 26 1/2"
Shoulders - 21"
Length - 26"
The jacket is in excellent condition as can be seen in the pictures. It is still a lovely, bright chestnut brown colour which has reddish tones. The chrome leather finish is in fantastic condition and all the stitching is good and strong. The jacket has just been to Byson Leather who have thoroughly gone through the jacket to check it over so it is fit and ready to wear! This is of course a vintage item however which needs to be treated with care. Please take time to study the pictures carefully before purchasing and bear in mind that the jacket may have small issues commensurate with age.
A very nice early war jacket which would suit a Battle of Britain collector well.