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RAF Irvin flying jacket, 1940 dated

RAF Irvin flying jacket, 1940 dated

Code: J24148

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'Thermally Insulated Flying Suit, Jacket'.  Size 5 (Ht. 5.10 - 5'11", Br. 38 - 40", Wt. 34 - 36").  Physically measures 45/6" (pit to pit) so should be suitable for around a 40 - 42" chest.  This example is of typical early war configuration with single panel front and single seam back panel construction.  The leather is in good '+" to very good overall condition retaining much of the original chromed finish and flexibility.  There are no rips, tears or repairs.  A small section of one binding tape on the left arm needs restitching and there is some damage to the zip tape on the same sleeve - see photographs.   Excellent short dense fur lining and collar facing typical of early jackets.  Both cuffs are worn but the waist generally retains good fur.  All zips are original  D-o-T brand and in good working order though the main zip slider puller tag is absent.   Complete with belt and collar strap / rings. With chain hanger (needs restitiching on one end) and Air Ministry King's crown marked label with clear 1940 date.  Collar eyelets for rear strap are absent.  A really good looking early jacket with the magic and highly desirable 'Battle of Britain' date.  Stock code J24148.
Approximate measurements : pit to pit 45.5", centre pit seam to cuff 21", Collar seam to waist 24.5". All taken with jacket laid flat and zipped.