Eastman early Multi-panel Irvin

Discussion in 'Repros' started by Roughwear, Dec 18, 2016.

  1. Roughwear

    Roughwear Well-Known Member

    Here are some pictures of an early ELC later War Irvin in a size 42. It needed at little TLC when it arrived. I have replaced part of the worn hem and bottom of the cuffs with WW2 fleece. The skin is quite remarkable having loads of character and has been mistaken for an original. The fleece is also spot on for an original. Eastman have used thicker horsehide for the belt, collar back, collar strap and zip pullers than is used on their current RAF jackets, which also adds to the vintage feel of the jacket. It is extremely well made and better constructed than most later War originals. These early multi-panel jackets are really rare and this one is a great daily wearer.

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  2. Steve27752

    Steve27752 Well-Known Member

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    Nicely done Andrew.
     
  3. John Lever

    John Lever Moderator

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    Good job Andrew.
     
  4. Grant

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    Beautiful restoration! It's a shame Gary can't access sheepskins like this any more.
     
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  5. John Lever

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    I doubt there are any problems finding these skins. Aero, Lost Worlds and The late RMNZ had no problems.
     
  6. CBI

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    that looks terrific!!!!
     
  7. Peter Graham

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    Looks great but surely a late war jacket wouldn't have the elastic strap behind the collar ?
     
  8. Roughwear

    Roughwear Well-Known Member

    Quite correct Peter. It should not be on the jacket and I understand it still features on their current Devon fleece jackets. Whilst the strap can be removed, removing the eyelets would damage the collar back and that is why I have left them in situ.
     
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  9. coalman

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    What a superb jacket and a quality restoration Andrew.
    I must start losing weight if I am ever to find a jacket such as an early ELC or cockpit, as not many appear in size 48".
    I have bene told that the early Aero Irvins were also as good, any comments?

    Regards

    John
     
  10. PADDY_M

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    New Year resolution then John. Lose weight & get the jacket you've always wanted.
     
  11. coalman

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    EVERY YEAR THE SAME LOL
     
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  12. Roughwear

    Roughwear Well-Known Member

    This time you WILL succeed John. Fingers crossed!
     
  13. johnwayne

    johnwayne Active Member

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    I think I'm getting the shearling bug finally, that is a nice one! If I do venture down that road it'd be between a B3 or Irvin such as yours, without the neck brace as in the face on pic though - LOL!!!
    Cheers
    Wayne
     
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  14. blackrat2

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    That looks really nice Andrew,good job with the repairs
     
  15. PADDY_M

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    Lovely.
     

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