My first vintage jacket.

Discussion in 'Vintage' started by s4rmark, Mar 9, 2018.

  1. s4rmark

    s4rmark Active Member

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    I recently purchased this jacket from Ebay and it arrived today . It’s an Irvin B foster G-1 7823c and considering its age, I think it’s in remarkable condition . Yes, it has a moth nip in one of the cuffs and a small hole in the lining but these small imperfections apart I’m very happy with it , considering the price. Pictures to follow tomorrow,.
     
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  2. Skip

    Skip Well-Known Member

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    lookon forward to the pics
     
  3. Steve27752

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    Pictures.
     
  4. MikeyB-17

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    I had a C series, one of my favourites of the several G-1’s I had over the years. The Irvin B. C’s have an extra seam on the edge of the bi-swing that you don’t get on other G-1’s- the back panel is separate from the pleats, normally the edges of the back panel are folded to make the gussets but not on these. I saw it mentioned on one of the old forums many years ago, it fascinated me, and I was really pleased when I took a chance on a badly photographed G-1 for £80 on Ebay and it turned out to be An Irvin B. C. Sold it eventually as you do. Enjoy, and we need pics!
     
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  5. s4rmark

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    0A7ED307-33E9-4E00-B028-2A30122D7F36.jpeg A978F219-E16E-4E3D-89A1-AB81099AB56E.jpeg 0540FAEA-298F-4097-9D38-89CDA33768DF.jpeg As promised, here are a few pics of the jacket.
     

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  6. Roughwear

    Roughwear Well-Known Member

    Very nice. According to Full Gear this contract dates to 1965.
     
  7. s4rmark

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    Thanks Andrew, I was wondering which year it was made . According to Wikipedia the C models started in 1962. That’s the only reference I could find.
     
  8. oose

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    Lovely Jacket, perfect condition I'm sure it will give you much joy. The first C models were produced around 1964 as the last B model contracts were awarded in 1963.
     
  9. Dover

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    Congratulations on a beautiful jacket and in such great condition. Enjoy!
     
  10. s4rmark

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    CD3E838B-19DF-46B2-B1EB-88A64DA24D00.jpeg 4804001B-5953-4925-8EBB-517B0309AECD.jpeg F72BF0E8-B939-4EDC-8E58-01C8C5F89DD0.jpeg A few more pics.
     
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  11. Grant

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    Well done s4mark! Good condition C's are getting rare these days. So many people think they have a C when in fact it's a D with part of the letter D worn away on the spec label.
     
  12. Skip

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    Super stunning jacket, looks brand new
     
  13. s4rmark

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    Thanks for all th the positive comments, overall the jacket is in remarkable condition for its age. Only 1 small moth hole on the cuff , a very small repair on the hem and a very small hole on the lining near the left armpit that looks like a cigarette burn. I think the jacket hasn’t had much use and looks to have been stored away for some time after being stuffed in some sort of bag , judging by the wrinkles and creases . I may now try to search out a 1950’s contact G-1.
     
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  14. Marv

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    Super looking G1, excellent condition and a great fit.

    I have a mint mid 1950s L W Foster Sportswear G1 (with the blackend 5# Conmar zipper) and its a fantastic jacket, most of the ones I have seen are usually in great condition.
     
  15. s4rmark

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    Can you put some pictures on Paul? It would be great to see it.
     
  16. Ken at Aero Leather

    Ken at Aero Leather Well-Known Member

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    Your jacket has been baled in a "rag yard". probably in the early 1970s when there was little interest in vintage leather but the Rag Yard owners didn't like to scrap anything that might fetch a $ or 2.
    These bales were usually graded 1, 2 0r 3 and each contained about 40 to 50 jackets on average.

    They could be bought, unopened, sight unseen or opened, and jackets selected but if a bale was opened the owner would expect to sell a fair percentace of the contents in "a lot"
    For many years be brought over grade 3 unopened which always yielded the best value, great jackets, ripped liners, broken stitching rarely anything we couldn't fix

    Occasionally a bale would contain jackets most of which would be creased like yours, either carelessly put in the baler or stored damp .............or both.

    https://newrepublic.com/article/122564/inside-massive-rag-yards-wring-money-out-your-old-clothes
     
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  17. dmar836

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    Great G-1! Couldn't get a better fit I'd say.
    Dave
     
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