IRVIN FLYING JACKET 1940 DATE SIZE 6

IRVIN FLYING JACKET 1940 DATE SIZE 6

Joined: December 26th, 2006, 5:09 pm

April 15th, 2009, 3:39 pm #1

This jacket goes on Ebay tonight at 8pm (Wed 15th April). It's a fantastic early War two panelled Irvin flying jacket, which is in very good condition. This jacket is from the 1939 Air Ministry contract (B25526/39/C.I.B) awarded to the premier maker, Irvin Air Chute. It has its original label which has the 1939 contract date and the year of manufacture-1940.

The jacket is labelled a size 6 and anyone who is familiar with Irvins will know that this is a rare larger size.

The honey-coloured sheepskin is in very good condition with slight wear to the ends of the cuffs and hem. The reversed sheepskin side of the jacket is a lovely chestnut brown and retains its original polyacrilic finish. It is supple and strong without any repairs, patches etc. The stitching is solid, original and all the contrasting tan leather seamtapes are original to the jacket.

All the zips are the original single trunnion brass Dot variety and are marked "Made in England". The leather zip pulls are all original. All the zips function smoothly with no missing teeth.

The collar strap is in pristine condition and the fixing rings are present. The jacket also has its original elastic strap. The waist belt is complete except for the small brass backing rings behind the eye holes, and the underarm gussets retain all their 9 vent rings.

The original chain hanger is present.

This jacket started life as an electrically wired Irvin for bomber crew. The wiring harness was removed along time ago as the stitch holes are now small and hard to see unless one looks carefully! The two metal spurs near the cuffs were to secure the heated gloves.

Measurements (from the outside): armpit to armpit: 24.5" (front and back), sleeves from shoulder seam to end of cuff: 27", across the shoulders: 22" and from the base of the collar to the hem at the back: 26". The measurements on the label assume the jacket was worn over a service uniform. It should fit someone with a chest size up to 44/46". It is a robust jacket which can be worn with confidence.

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Joined: May 4th, 2007, 8:13 am

April 15th, 2009, 5:04 pm #2

That is one very nice jacket. I have a very similar jacket also a modified heated jacket with all wiring removed a long time ago. Is there anyway of determinig an Irvin Airchute Jacket? As mine appears identicl to yours but is missing the label. Indeed were heated jackets all made by the same contractor or tendered out to lots of companies the same as the standard jackets?

I have always wondered if the wiring was removed at time of issue as it very hard to tell that it was ever there, and now here is another in the same condition so perhaps it was common to remove the wiring if flying in aircraft with out the facility to plug in the heated clothing.
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Joined: December 26th, 2006, 5:09 pm

April 15th, 2009, 7:15 pm #3

This jacket goes on Ebay tonight at 8pm (Wed 15th April). It's a fantastic early War two panelled Irvin flying jacket, which is in very good condition. This jacket is from the 1939 Air Ministry contract (B25526/39/C.I.B) awarded to the premier maker, Irvin Air Chute. It has its original label which has the 1939 contract date and the year of manufacture-1940.

The jacket is labelled a size 6 and anyone who is familiar with Irvins will know that this is a rare larger size.

The honey-coloured sheepskin is in very good condition with slight wear to the ends of the cuffs and hem. The reversed sheepskin side of the jacket is a lovely chestnut brown and retains its original polyacrilic finish. It is supple and strong without any repairs, patches etc. The stitching is solid, original and all the contrasting tan leather seamtapes are original to the jacket.

All the zips are the original single trunnion brass Dot variety and are marked "Made in England". The leather zip pulls are all original. All the zips function smoothly with no missing teeth.

The collar strap is in pristine condition and the fixing rings are present. The jacket also has its original elastic strap. The waist belt is complete except for the small brass backing rings behind the eye holes, and the underarm gussets retain all their 9 vent rings.

The original chain hanger is present.

This jacket started life as an electrically wired Irvin for bomber crew. The wiring harness was removed along time ago as the stitch holes are now small and hard to see unless one looks carefully! The two metal spurs near the cuffs were to secure the heated gloves.

Measurements (from the outside): armpit to armpit: 24.5" (front and back), sleeves from shoulder seam to end of cuff: 27", across the shoulders: 22" and from the base of the collar to the hem at the back: 26". The measurements on the label assume the jacket was worn over a service uniform. It should fit someone with a chest size up to 44/46". It is a robust jacket which can be worn with confidence.

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Now on Ebay.http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/IRVIN-FLYING-JACK ... 0374827983
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Joined: December 26th, 2006, 5:09 pm

April 15th, 2009, 7:49 pm #4

That is one very nice jacket. I have a very similar jacket also a modified heated jacket with all wiring removed a long time ago. Is there anyway of determinig an Irvin Airchute Jacket? As mine appears identicl to yours but is missing the label. Indeed were heated jackets all made by the same contractor or tendered out to lots of companies the same as the standard jackets?

I have always wondered if the wiring was removed at time of issue as it very hard to tell that it was ever there, and now here is another in the same condition so perhaps it was common to remove the wiring if flying in aircraft with out the facility to plug in the heated clothing.
Irvin Air Chute made the earliest electrically wired Irvins before the war. I owned one once with their label on it and it dated from around 1937. IAC jackets are recognisable by the high quality workmanship, the square cornered collars, narrower belt loops and small collar rings. This 1939 contract was a large one. I have seen many jackets from this contract, some with the original label and others without it. Links and Wareings also had contracts for electrically heated Irvins, although most I have seen were by IAC.
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Joined: May 4th, 2007, 8:13 am

April 15th, 2009, 8:08 pm #5

Thanks for that further info. It would seem that mine is not an IAC jacket then as it has the larger type collar rings. So are there any other "tells" to try and track down a particular maker?
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Joined: December 26th, 2006, 5:09 pm

April 15th, 2009, 8:30 pm #6

If you post some pictures I will try to identify the maker.
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Joined: May 4th, 2007, 8:13 am

April 16th, 2009, 7:45 am #7

Hi Andrew,
thanks for that offer. I cannot post pictures here as I do not seem to be a full forum member. If I may I will email some to you?
Jb
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Joined: December 26th, 2006, 5:09 pm

April 18th, 2009, 6:35 pm #8

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