Comparing two Black Fleece Irvins

Discussion in 'Vintage' started by Roughwear, Dec 18, 2017.

  1. Roughwear

    Roughwear Well-Known Member

    Black fleece Irvins are extremely rare. I have had one for the past ten years in my collection and was recently fortunate enough to acquire a second one. This jacket has been refurbished later in the war when the skin was given a slightly darker polyacrylate finish. It had some further post War re-stitching and a recent make-over from me. They both date to 1941-2 and the first is a size 5 and the second is a size 6.

    They were both made by the same, as yet unidentified, maker. The evidence for this is the identical house features which are seen in the photos. Interestingly the collar backs on both jackets do not have the usual central seam. The build quality is not top notch. The collar rings are smaller on one jacket, but the underarm vent ring configuration is almost identical as are the leather zip pulls. The second jacket has a Dot main zip with an unmarked slider bucket, whilst the other has all Lightning zips.

    The first two photos are of the recently acquired jacket.

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  2. Ken at Aero Leather

    Ken at Aero Leather Well-Known Member

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    Lovely jackets, would you describle the colour as genuine black or very dark brown (as they look in most of the photos)
    We had one pass through our hands in mid 1970s at the Thirift Shop, I remember it well although I'd always thought of it as Dark Brown but, to be embarrassingly honest, that was during our pile 'em high, sell 'em cheap era and not enough attention was afforded to what, we are now aware, were some rare pieces, it probably went for around £40/£50 at the time
     
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  3. Smithy

    Smithy Well-Known Member

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    Andrew I found a photo of a Norwegian Spitfire pilot from either 331 or 332 Sqns wearing a black fleece Irvin which I don't think has been seen before. I'll dig the book out and scan the photo for you.
     
  4. Roughwear

    Roughwear Well-Known Member

    That would be most interesting Tim.
     
  5. m444uk

    m444uk Active Member

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    Some earlier pics of Andrew's jacket. There are quite a few sheep in the fields around my house. Perhaps 5% or less are this dark colour.

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  6. MikeyB-17

    MikeyB-17 Well-Known Member

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    I love 'em.
     
  7. Smithy

    Smithy Well-Known Member

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    Me too!
     
  8. s4rmark

    s4rmark Active Member

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    Yes, great jackets . Very unusual.
     

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