R.A.F. Irvin Flying Jacket - Early Pattern (Histor
Physically measures approx. 48” so should be OK for around a 44” chest. Classic early example with single panel fronts and just one centre seam on the back of the jacket. The leather is in very good overall condition retaining much of the original chromed finish and flexibility. There is some rubbing to the back of the arms and the rear of the collar along with some crazing/wear around the top of the back panels but the overall appearance is very good. All of the stitching and seams appear good and tight bar the centre of the collar - inside, where the fur has parted slightly. This should be a fairly easy repair. Very good short dense pale tan coloured fur - some wear around the edges of the collar. The cuff fur shows wear with little remaining. The waist fur is better but still shows wear and balding areas. The jacket retains original \'D-o-T\' marked zips - all with their original leather puller tags. The belt is complete but shows wear. This example had a chain hanger (missing), collar strap/rings and eyelets to the rear of the collar for the elastic \'collar strap\' (not present). No label. The jacket belonged to James Northam who flew Swordfish aircraft with 830 Squadron in Malta. He was involved with radar equipped aircraft flying at night to locate and sink enemy shipping. It comes with a typed letter of information about this and how he came to leave the RAF with his Irvin and other flying gear. Overall a good +/very good early war example in a decent size and with history too. Stock code J15407.