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RAF Irvin flying jacket

RAF Irvin flying jacket

Code: J25454

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'Thermally Insulated Flying Suit, Jacket'.  Physically measures approximately 46” (maximum) so should be OK for around a 40/42” chest.  This example is of typical mid war construction with a four panel front and four main rear panels.  The leather is in very good overall condition, appears strong in most parts and has much of the original chromed finish with good flexibility.  There is some general wear and abrasion and a couple of stitched repairs on the rear of the left arm.  A patch has been carefully inserted into the upper left rear panel.  There are some stitch holes adjacent to this on the upper arm but these are not an issue.  A few other very small holes can be seen in the photographs but these do not detract.  The overall finish is quite dark, a little dull and very slightly tacky, probably from a leather dressing applied a long time ago.  All zips are original, manufactured by 'D-o-T',  and in good working condition.  Two are complete with leather puller tabs.  Both sleeve zips also have Air Ministry crown marks.  The lining is generally excellent and remains very good at the cuffs and waist.  Some seams have been partially restitched but the majority appear to be good and tight.  The belt is good and the collar is complete with strap/rings and rear eyelets for a strap (not present).  A good '+' mid war example that displays very well.  Stock code J25454.

Approximate size, jacket zipped and laid flat: pit to pit 43", centre pit seam to cuff 23", shoulder seam to cuff 27", lower pit seam to waist 15", mid pit seam to waist 17.5", collar seam to waist 26".