N4 Jackets in Navy Blue

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  1. Tommy

    Tommy New Member

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    Not sure on the source of the image I've included, but these seem very rare? Were they post WW2, Pre-Vietnam? Any History would be greatly appreciated?

    There are loads of the Green N4s as both Vintage and Repro available, but can't seem to find a Blue one?
     

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  2. Peter Graham

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    Hi. The design of that jacket is different from the N-4 so I wouldn't class it as one. Maybe someone can date it from the patches but they aren't familiar to me. At a guess, I'd say it's 60's.
     
  3. dmar836

    dmar836 Well-Known Member

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    There was a period in the 50s where the work uniform transitioned to blue sateen including the "ball" cap. Many sailors liked certain variants of the jackets but disliked others. Online reading at USMilitariaForums might help.
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  4. Tommy

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    Another image, is it not just a n4 with the top button done up and side adjusters?

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    Sure these are what Gregory Peck and crew are wearing in On The Beach?

    Have seen a few vintage models, but all fairly faded?
     
  5. Peter Graham

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    The N-4 is basically a simplified M-41 with no adjustment tabs, epps or bi-swing back. That looks to have a different collar and cuff design but it's impossible to say without more pics. The M-41 and N-4 also had a half belt but again it's impossible to say without a photo of the back. What I'm certain of after seeing the label and zipper is that it's from the 60's. I posted a load of pics of a WW2 N-4 a few years back but they are all gone now after Photobucket got too greedy and started charging.
     
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  6. Thomas Koehle

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    I have one of those blue ones in my collection in approx. size 42 - do not exactly remember but I think the label says "ALPHA INDUSTRIES"

    in my opinion definitely postwar - will check as soon as i`m back home
     
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  7. chamboid

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    These are 60’s US Navy utility jackets with DSA-100 contract numbers, probably introduced properly mid 60’s for deck use. Cotton outer shell with a nylon liner. Very airlines desifn ro the N-4, essentially a letter version of it with some adjustments no halfbelt being one.

    Quite commonly seen with sub patches on them. Check out the photo and description below (you’ll have to translate it)

    http://matin.jp/60s-us-navy-utility-jacket/
     
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  8. Thomas Koehle

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    this is the jacket outta my collection - condition ain`t that good but still wearable - got it via EBAY a couple of years ago

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  9. B-Man2

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    I haven't seen very many of these around.
    Nice find.
     

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