Everything Vintage Irvins

Discussion in 'Vintage' started by Roughwear, Mar 23, 2008.

  1. Andrew

    Andrew Well-Known Member

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    It's better if you put a hard return or two between each so that they fall one beneath the other rather than across the page.... ;)

    [quote="Baron Kurtz"]You fogot some closed square brackets, but almost there.

    [quote="fleet16b"]Here is my first attempt at posting some pics of my 1940 Jacket.
    I welcome any info or comments please.
    Hope they turn out

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  2. Andrew

    Andrew Well-Known Member

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    That is certainly a keeper. can you post the critical dimensions for it as well? i'd like to compare it to some of mine.
     
  3. fleet16b

    fleet16b Member

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    Andrew


    base of collar - bottom of back ( centre sean=m top to bottom) = 25"

    shoulder to shoulder = 20"

    cuff to top of triangular armpit gusset = 25'

    Any other dims you would like ?
     
  4. Roughwear

    Roughwear Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the pics, Fleet. I notice it was made as an electrically wired Irvin. You can still see the stitch holes where the wiring loom was attached to the jacket and the studs for the heated gloves. A very nice jacket indeed and a fine example of a Links contract too.
     
  5. Roughwear

    Roughwear Well-Known Member

    The armpit to armpit measurement would be useful. I am not sure this jacket is any larger than my size 5s and certainly smaller than the pre-war size 6 in my collection.
     
  6. Andrew

    Andrew Well-Known Member

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    fleet, the dims I find work best for most types of jackets are;
    pit to pit across the front
    same across the back
    shoulder seam to end of cuff down the centreline of the outside of the sleeve
    shoulder seam to shoulder seam
    zipper length from bottom of bucket to top of last stopper, or windflap length
    back length from base of collar to bottom of hem.

    another useful one for Irvins is the length from underarm gussett to bottom of hem. I've had a few the same size where this actually varied.
     
  7. fleet16b

    fleet16b Member

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    Thanks Andrew you have a very good eye.
    I suppose at some time, the wiring was removed.
    It must have happened long ago as the leather and holes pretty much match the rest of the jacket patina
    I am trying to get the name and history of the original owner but his son is away at present.
    He was an RCAF Lanc pilot and apparently used this one jacket his entire time on ops.

    I intend to keep this one and maybe wear i once in awhile. At least once when flying my Fleet finch Bi-plane this winter. For the rest of the time I wear a WPG Irvin so as not to ruin the original.
     
  8. fleet16b

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    Okay here what I measure:

    armpit to armpit front = 24 1/4"
    armpit to armpit rear = 24 1/4"

    point of shoulder at seam to end of cuff = 25 "

    main zipper length = 22"
     
  9. fleet16b

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    Andrew

    One thing that I noticed but is not apparent in the pics is the label.
    The red size 6 is a separate small piece that is glued to the rest of the label.
    Is this common?
     
  10. Roughwear

    Roughwear Well-Known Member

    Now your pit measurements are correct for a size 6. There was variation in size between makers, especially in the length of the sleeves, and some were as long as 28 inches.
     
  11. Baron Kurtz

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    Presumably, as with all the other military gear, these things would have been made with varying sleeve lengths etc. on purpose, to fit the various potential measurements of airman of the same height? So, size 6s from the same manufacturer could have variable measurements in various dimensions … Any evidence for/against this standard military way of producing clothing?

    bk
     
  12. rich

    rich New Member

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    I measured out the '6' I have for Irvin Nuts, here it is again - hope it might be of some use :) Time to start wearing it I reckon!
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  13. deeb7

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    I don't know that any allowances were made for height, and for body shape, such as you see for the B-3.

    It looks like sizing was standard, so that a taller person, for example, would just take a size up.

    Here's the Irvin size chart, provided by Paddy for TFL .....

    http://www.thefedoralounge.com/showthread.php?t=12581
     
  14. Andrew

    Andrew Well-Known Member

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    I may be off beam but I seem to recall that info came from Mr Swatland's research.
     
  15. Roughwear

    Roughwear Well-Known Member

    That's correct-from the labels of original Irvins.
     
  16. fleet16b

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    Now that everyone has seen pics of my Links Irvin, I have a question.
    It is not apparent in the pics but the jacket could do with a good exterior cleaning.

    What do all you Irvin owners feel is the best method?
    I went to the "care and preservation" section but there was not too much specically about cleaning Irvins.

    Also, I know never to hang a vintage Irvin in a closet and I saw one that due to it's own weight , had fallen right thru the hanger.
    I assume the best storage method would be to put the jacket in a cotton bag and store it on a shelf/flat surface.

    Thanks
    Fleet
     
  17. PADDY_M

    PADDY_M Active Member

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    Correct :) Sheepskin sizings are courteousy of Andrew S. (he did all the hard work on that one and it's a GREAT resource for referencing ;) ).

    As for Irvin weather - getting plenty of that now on the Scottish borders 'and' could have done with one like the DGL the other week in Seattle (just a bugger to drag such a heavy duty item around).

    To all my Irvin/VLJ pals and your loved ones, have a lovely Xmas and may 09 bring you much happiness and good health.

    Cheers Gents! Paddy M.
     
  18. Roughwear

    Roughwear Well-Known Member

    Thanks Paddy. It's still Irvin weather down south. I have worn my size 6 1940 DGL Irvin everyday for the last three weeks over my suit jacket and have not felt the cold!
     
  19. Baron Kurtz

    Baron Kurtz New Member

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    I've been overheating in my Irvins (in London) so have gone back to a blanket lined horsehide.

    bk
     
  20. TOMG1401

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    Sad, what was the point of this irvin thread if the majority of images have been removed or deleted
     

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