Help with information on a Ralph Edwards G-1

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  1. navairfan

    navairfan New Member

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    I just purchased my first vintage issued jacket, a Ralph Edwards G-1, and I'd like some help identifying the date this jacket was made. The tag is very worn and just barely legible. The bottom line appears to read DLA1OD-84-**6*5. Would this mean the jacket was made in 1984? Or was the date of manufacture on the line above that? Further confusing me on the issue is that a Google search indicates that Ralph Edwards had the contract to produce G-1's for the Navy in 1961 through 1964. Were they goatskin or cowhide jackets?

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  2. Roughwear

    Roughwear Well-Known Member

    Ralph Edwards also had contracts in the 1970s and 1980s for the US Navy and 1984 is the correct date for this one. Many of these later jackets were made from pressed cowhide which resembled goatskin.
     
  3. navairfan

    navairfan New Member

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    Thanks, Andrew! How does the quality of these later Ralph Edward jackets compare to those made by Cooper and other manufacturers?
     
  4. B-Man2

    B-Man2 Active Member

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    Navairfan

    In my opinion I would rate a Ralph Edwards G-1 superior to a Cooper by a mile.
     
  5. navairfan

    navairfan New Member

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    Thanks very much for your thoughts!
     
  6. navairfan

    navairfan New Member

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    One other question - do you know if a 1984 Ralph Edwards G-1 would be made of goatskin or cowhide? From what understand, the collars by that time were all Dynal synthetic fur
     
  7. B-Man2

    B-Man2 Active Member

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    Hard to be certain without actually holding and seeing the jacket.
     
  8. Roughwear

    Roughwear Well-Known Member

    The collars were certainly made from synthetic mouton. Can you post a close up picture of the leather, which should help determine if it is cow or goat.
     
  9. Eastwood

    Eastwood Member

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    MIL-J- 7823E-(AS) RALPH EDWARDS SPORTSWEAR, INC. DLA100-84-C-0665 and 1984 is the correct date for this one
     
  10. Roughwear

    Roughwear Well-Known Member

    Yes indeed as you will see above.:rolleyes:
     
  11. Eastwood

    Eastwood Member

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    just the exact name of the contract, no more:rolleyes:
     
  12. Marv

    Marv Active Member

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    I have a 1977 Ralph Edwards G1 and it's made from cowhide.
     
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  13. navairfan

    navairfan New Member

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    Hi, Marv - does your Ralph Edwards G-1 have a mouton or Dynal collar?
     

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