Interesting theatre made CBI jacket

Discussion in 'General Flight Jacket Discussion' started by Peter Graham, Dec 17, 2017.

  1. Peter Graham

    Peter Graham Well-Known Member

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    Here's what I think is a beautiful jacket. It's for sale at Bay State Militaria and described as a theatre made jacket. I don't know if this is true, but I love the design. Apologies for the quality of the photos but that's how they are on the site. Here's a link to the site. There's some interesting groupings for sale. http://www.baystatemilitaria.com/index.htm
     
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  2. blackrat2

    blackrat2 Active Member

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    Very flamboyant sleeve ends!
    A cross between several different style jackets from what I can see on my phone
    Baystate have some nice jackets through
     
  3. B-Man2

    B-Man2 Well-Known Member

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    Sort of looks a little like a General Lucien Truscott jacket
     
  4. Silver Surfer

    Silver Surfer Well-Known Member

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    my guess is that the jacket was made in china, privately contracted for a chinese pilot.
     
  5. dujardin

    dujardin Well-Known Member

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    no idea what it is exactly - a kind of combo
    no idea if the jacket is legit ww2

    but nice one
     
  6. unclegrumpy

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    I had a somewhat similar jacket once that was made in India. It came from directly from a fellow that flew the Hump who had some other interesting things...calf high flight boots that looked British, but again were not...they had little mini layered leather CBI patches sewn on up towards the outer tops...an Indian made khaki bush jacket...again looked British, but it was not. Plus he had some some neat layered leather patches...flags, a blood chit of sorts, and some others.

    The jacket was about all I got, but it was interesting to talk with him...he said it all came from markets outside of the places they flew in and out of where you could just buy or they would tailor make things for you....for very cheap prices. Peter did not post a picture of the lining, but the fleece maybe gives a clue of the "why"...it would be warmer.

    Like so many things, it is too bad the rest of the story is lost. This jacket could have been from somewhere in China or possibly Australia as well...but the patches are Indian made, and it looks to be goat...which is another clue that often leads to India...which would be my first guess.
     

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