MONARCH Size 46 AN - J-3A Restoration

Discussion in 'Vintage' started by Maverickson, Jun 9, 2017.

  1. Maverickson

    Maverickson Active Member

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    Hi All,

    I wanted to share my latest restoration with the members. In this case a fine Large size mid War AN-J-3A Monarch and from my most favorite jacket maker.

    When I received this jacket it was in dire need of repair. It was board line wearable and had lost all of it's original integrity. Between this Monarch's poor or just plain sloppy War time factory and subsequent workmanship this AN-J-3A project represents the most trying restoration I've done to date.

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    Prior to what is seen above, besides normal wear from age it had it's fair share of cockpit damage , multiple different sizes of panels that created a lopsided collar, worn out & poorly aligned collar and zip replacement.

    I'm proud to say that I brought this one back.

    Cheers, Dave
     
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2017
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  2. Smithy

    Smithy Well-Known Member

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    Mate, that's absolutely awesome. My hat is well and truly off to you, seriously great work.
     
  3. Maverickson

    Maverickson Active Member

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    Hi Smithy,

    I appreciate it! This jacket had some serious issues before I got my hands on it. There were almost too many repairs done to list.

    To name the obvious & as far as I can tell this is the third zipper, third mouton & third set of knits. All prior workmanship was poor at best. It took many hours of fitting, realigning and diminishing empty stitches to get what is now seen.

    The real crime is the patches that were once attached to this jacket have all gone missing. No less than four WW-2 & Korean War type squadron patches were once attached to the jacket's front panels. While the back panel at one time held a huge Air Wing patch. All removed long ago.

    Cheers, Dave
     
  4. daw

    daw Member

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    Beautiful work! Obviously a labor of love, and what a result!
     
  5. CBI

    CBI Well-Known Member

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    looks great!!!!!
     
  6. MikeyB-17

    MikeyB-17 Well-Known Member

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    Hell of a job! Love those knits.
     
  7. Dave

    Dave New Member

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    Dave, another Dave here, I contacted you on the 'bay about possible restoration to an Arnoff AN-J-3A I have. Can you email me please at dcnanners @ gmail? I don't think I have PM funcionality yet. Thanks!
     

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