This vintage A-2 jacket was made in 1942 as part of the Dubow contract no. 27798. It started out life as a russet horsehide, but was reissued during the war and re-dyed a seal brown at that point. The jacket bears stitch marks from a squadron patch on the breast, and from bars on the epaulettes. Also visible are stitch marks from a previous name tag, slightly offset from the current one, which reads W.S. Butler. In 1983, the jacket received a new Talon zipper, and a brightly colored lining. The zipper still works fine, but you may want to replace it for authenticity’s sake. The replacement liner is ugly, in poor condition, and should definitely be replaced. During the re-line, the jacket lost its original contract tag and leather hanger. I believe the knits, or at least the cuff knits, may be replacements from this period as well. The leather bears signs of heavy use in the collar and shoulders. Otherwise, the leather is in surprisingly nice condition, and has been freshly conditioned. With a chest measurement of 22″, the jacket fits at around a size 40 to 42.
Chest (pit to pit): 22″ (doubled = 44″)
Shoulder to Shoulder: 18″
Shoulder to end of knit: 24-1/2″
Length down back (bottom of collar to end of knit): 23″
This hat was made in the 1950s by Portis. It sold new in the 1950s for $15, which bought a high quality hat at the time. It is marked 2X beaver, but the X system is meaningless, as it varies manufacturer to manufacturer and year to year- that is to say, a vintage 2X by one manufacturer could be the same quality as a vintage 5X by a different manufacturer as a 30X by a modern manufacturer. It has Portis’s Swans Down finish. It has a high quality leather sweatband with a backing membrane to stop perspiration from staining the felt. It has a relatively low crown, which is creased in a fedora style diamond crease. It has a three cord ribbon with a fancy bow. Very nicely done trimming on this one.Size: 7-1/8Brim Width: 3-1/4″Crown Height: 5-1/4″Ribbon Width: 3/8″
Stingy brim hats don’t usually do it for me, but this one works. The proportions, the color, the trimming, it all goes together so nicely.
I sold this hat and shipped it out a couple of years ago. About six months later, it showed up back on my doorstep. Apparently the buyer had moved and never updated their address, then never contacted me about not receiving it. It ended up costing me a bit of money and a lot of time sorting it all out.