R.A.F. Electrically Wired Irvin Flying Jacket
Physically measures approx. 46” so should be OK for around a 42” chest. Classic early wired 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 a small stitched patch (7 x 8cm) on the right arm (see photo) - This could probably be improved upon with a more sympathetic repair. Other than this minor problem there are no tears, damage, holes or repairs. All of the stitching and seams appear good and tight. Excellent short dense pale tan coloured fur. The cuff fur shows wear but there is still some \'trim\' remaining. The waist fur trim is still quite good. The only downside is a small bald patch on the collar fur (see photo). The jacket retains original \'D-o-T\' marked zips all with the original leather pull tags. The belt is also in very good condition. This example has a chain hanger (appears to have been re-riveted), collar strap/rings and eyelets to the rear of the collar for the elastic \'collar strap\' (not present). The jacket was manufactured as an electrically wired example with leather channels housing the wiring that enabled connection to heated gloves etc. Unfortunately the wiring has been stripped out, along with the leather channels. This can be seen in the rows of stitch holes over the jacket. The removal has been carefully executed and this does not detract. The metal \'posts\' on the sleeve ends intended for securing RAE heated gloves remain in place. Overall this is a very good early war example in a decent size. Available once more thanks to an indecisive customer! Stock code J16351.