This jacket was made in the USA by Avirex Ltd. based upon the 1940s M-421a cotton flight jacket. It has the distinctive diamond shaped reinforcements on the sleeves, belt back and patch pockets. The unbranded bell shaped zipper is a decent approximation of the original, which wouldn’t be fully reproduced for years after the production run of this jacket. The jacket is, like the original, unlined, with an inside pocket.
This vintage hunting jacket was made for L.L. Bean Inc. of Freeport, Maine. It is made of canvas with a corduroy collar, Talon zip breast pocket and handwarmer and cargo pockets. The buttons have been swapped out by a previous owner for USN buttons.
This vintage coat is a M-69 Aircraft Transport coat, made during WWII for the US Navy by Gordon & Ferguson. It is made of goatskin, in a double breasted, belted cut, with a mouton collar and full alpaca lining. The leather is in excellent supple condition save for a neat hole in the back of the coat and a single dry, cracking spot where the lapel meets the collar. Surely this damage on a coat which is in otherwise great shape has a story to tell.
This jacket was made by Ralph Lauren, inspired by the WWII USN M-421a summer flight jacket. It is made of lightweight cotton twill, unlined, with a half-belt back, bi-swing shoulders, a bell shaped Talon zip, flapped patch pockets, the left of which has a pen slot, and an internal vertical snapped breast pocket.
Chest (pit to pit): 25-1/2″ (doubled = 51″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 20″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 24-3/4″
Length (base of collar to hem): 26″
This vintage jacket is an an N-1 deck jacket, manufactured for the US navy. It is the light shade of olive drab, which has been further faded through usage. It has an alpaca pile rounded collar and lining. The collar had a extension throat latch / chin strap. The main zipper is an early two-way tooth large gauge Crown, with riveted top stops. It has handwarmer pockets, internal storm cuffs, a drawstring waist, and a buttoned placket over the zip.
Chest (pit to pit): 25″ (doubled = 50″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 19-1/2″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 25″
Length (base of collar to hem): 27″
This vintage jacket was made in the 1940s as a souvenir of a tour in China. It is a waist length wool jacket, with shirt style pockets and an extension tab waistband. The quality of the wool makes me think the jacket itself was Theatre made rather than a cut down uniform. It is embroidered with dragons on the insides of the cuffs, liberty cuff style, a junk and a rickshaw on the breast pockets, and a dragon on the back. The back reads, “Tsing Tao, Hong Kong, Shanghai, China, 1948”. The front of the jacket bears the original owner’s name, Don C. Yanders, who served aboard submarines during WWII and who was stationed in China in the immediate post-war years.
Chest (pit to pit): 19″ (doubled = 38″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 18″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 25-1/2″
Length (base of collar to hem): 22″