WW1 leather flying coat
Classic knee length mid tan chromed leather coat with a wrap over, asymetric front fastened with concealed buttons and angled map pocket to one side. Belted at the waist and has a large flapped pocket in the left side of the 'skirt'. The jacket collar can be secured at the neck with a buttoned strap whilst the cuffs can be adjusted using press stud fasteners. Lined throughout with a mid tan blanket material. The chromed surface of the coat is in reasonably good condition although there are areas of abrasion and small nicks, notably around the shoulders and right arm. The upper right rear panel has been damaged and has some tears and surface peel. This area has been carefully reinforced/strengthened between the lining and leather so is not as fragile as it looks. Some seam repairs have been made to the back of the collar. The majority of the leather is actually very sound, extremely flexible and generally strong and robust. The coat retains the original belt and buckle, buttons and leather hanger. All press stud coatings are excellent but one male sleeve stud is absent. The lining is good and appears to be free of moth damage. It is fitted with adjustable eather straps in the lower skirt area, possibly to help support thigh length 'Fug' boots when worn. An extremely rare 100 year old flying coat attributed to pilot William Gardner Royal Flying Corps (we only have his name). A genuine antique. More photographs available on request. Stock code J23355.