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Details about  PRICE REDUCED - A2 FLYING JACKET, EASTMAN LEATHER CO. FLYING TIGERS,TIME WORN

PRICE REDUCED - A2 FLYING JACKET, EASTMAN LEATHER CO. FLYING TIGERS,TIME WORN See original listing
PRICE-REDUCED-A2-FLYING-JACKET-EASTMAN-LEATHER-CO-FLYING-TIGERS-TIME-WORN
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Item condition:
Used
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18 Apr, 2012 15:54:36 BST
Winning bid:
£325.00
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Postage:
£4.00 Economy Delivery | See details
Item location:
Portsmouth, Hampshire, United Kingdom

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eBay item number:
180859044928
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Last updated on  16 Apr, 2012 12:15:28 BST  View all revisions

Item specifics

Type:

Coats/ Jackets

Colour:

Brown

Period:

1940s

Exact Colour:

AMERICAN WALNUT

Brand:

EASTMAN

Condition:

Used

Size:

40

Item Type:

Coats & Jackets

Material:

Leather

PRICE REDUCED TO SEE IF WE CAN GET THINGS MOVING, 25 WATCHERS, THERE IS PROBABLY AT LEAST 2 OR 3 PEOPLE THERE PLANNING ON COMING IN AT THE LAST FEW SECONDS WITH A "KILLER" BID.... THATS WHAT I DO WHEN I DECIDE TO BUY SOMETHING. THAT'S WHAT I DID TO WIN THE AERO JACKET THE OTHER NIGHT.

EASTMAN LEATHER CO. A2 FLYING JACKET USAAF, KNOW AS BEING THE MOST ACCURATE REPRODUCTION AVAILABLE. SUPPLIED TO THE CAST OF PEARL HARBOUR. ONCE YOU'VE WORN ONE OF THESE, INACUARATE COPIES LOOK AMATEURISH AT BEST. THEY JUST DON'T LOOK RIGHT AT ALL...

http://www.eastmanleather.com/product_info.php?products_id=183

THESE ARE EXPENSIVE JACKETS TO START WITH, THEN YOU ADD THE EXTRAS. THE PATCHES I CHOSE AFTER A BIT OF RESEARCH, AND BOUGHT THEM FROM AN EBAYER IN THE STATES WHO DOES REALLY GREAT WORK, WORKING WITH COLOURED LEATHER AND USING AN OLD SEWING MACHINE OF THE ERA HE USES THE SAME METHODS OF PUTTING TOGETHER GREAT PATCHES AN INSIGNIA. I'VE TAKEN CLOSE UP PICTURES OF THE PATCHES,  THE BREAST PATCH COST ME JUST OVER £110 WITH TAXES AND THE SHOULDER INSIGNIA WAS ROUGHLY £55.OO WITH TAXES. EASTMAN SELL PATCHES TOO, BUT THEY'RE NOT AS WELL MADE AND THEIR PRICES REFLECT THAT FACT.

SEE SOME OF HIS CURRENT LISTINGS HERE: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/WW2-AVG-Flying-Tigers-Squadron-Patch-Variation-4-A2-A-2-Flight-Jacket-/251025588786?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3a724a8232 

THESE HAVE BEEN DISTRESSED TO FIT IN WITH THE "TIME WORN" LOOK OF THE JACKET. A2'S DID NOT COME WITH INTERNAL POCKETS SO ALOT OF AIRMEN HAD POCKETS SEWN IN OFTEN USING PARACHUTE CLOTH TO CREAT LARGE POCKET BEHIND THE FRONT TWO POCKETS. AS I WAS GOING FOR A CBI/FLYING TIGERS THEME I OPTED FOR SEWING IN A  NUMBERED BLOOD CHIT INNER BREAST POCKET. THE INSIGNIA IS CBI ON THE SHOULDER AND 3RD PURSUIT SQUADRON "HELL ANGELS" OF THE FLYING TIGERS. THIS IS A SIZE 40 TIME WORN JACKET AND FITS PERFECTLY, THE LINING IS CLEAN AND THERE IS NO DAMAGE TO THE CUFFS. THE ZIP WORKS PERFECTLY AND IS A GENUINE TALON. I'VE INLUDED A LINK TO THE EASTMAN WEBSITE ABOVE PLEASE TAKE THE TIME AND HAVE A READ OF THEIR DISCRIPTION. I HAVE DISTRESSED THIS JACKET A LITTLE MORE TO MAKE IT LOOK A LITTLE MORE AUTHENTIC, HOWEVER IN DOING SO I HAVE DONE IT CAREFULLY, IN STAGES AND AT EVERY STAGE FED AND CARED FOR THE LEATHER.  IT LOOKS MUCH MORE LIKE AN "OLD FRIEND" NOW AS OPPOSED TO A NEW PURCHASE. STILL HAS A LITTLE OF THAT NEW LEATHER SMELL.  I'M SELLING TO FINANCE AN AERO LEATHERS JACKET NEXT.

THE LAST THREE PICTURES ARE OBVIOUSLY NOT OF THIS JACKET: THE VERY TATTERED ONE SOLD FOR ROUGHLY £2000 IF MEMORY SERVES, BUT ITS JUST PICTURED TO SHOW THE CBI PATCH ON THE LEFT SHOULDER AND FLYING TIGERS ROUNDEL ON THE RIGHT, PLUS RANK AND NAMETAG (NO CHEST PATCHES ON THIS ONE) THE SECOND SHOWING THE SEWING OF BOTH THE BLOODCHIT AND US FLAG INTO THE LINING OF THE JACKET AND FINALLY A PILOT NEXT TO HIS PLANE, CHEST PATCH SHOWING THE INSIGNIA OF THE 3RD SQN HELLS' ANGELS ON THE LEFT SIDE OF HIS JACKET, PLUS OFCOURSE THE MUSTANG IN THE BACKGROUND WEARING BOTH THE HELLS' ANGELS AND FLYING TIGERS LOGOS. THE FACT IS NO TWO JACKETS SEEM TO BE ALIKE, AND THERE SEEMED TO BE NO HARD AND FAST RULE ON WHICH SIDE ANY PARTICULAR INSIGNIA SHOULD BE ON, I WENT WITH THE MAJORITY... ALSO IN PARTICULAR TO THE AVG OR FLYING TIGERS, THEY DIDN'T ALWAYS NECCESSARILY WEAR ARMY ISSUE (CIVILIAN VOLUNTEERS AFTER ALL)SO CHOICE OF JACKETS WERE QUITE DIVERSE AS MANY PILOTS WORE PRIVATE PURCHASE JACKETS.

YOU COULD OFCOURSE BUY AN ORIGINAL A2 IF YOU HAVE ABOUT £2000-ISH TO SPARE... CLEARLY YOU CAN BUY CHEAPER OR EVEN MORE EXPENSIVE "COPIES" SUCH AS AVIREX, BUT THEY ARE IN NO WAY AUTHENTIC, NICE JACKETS IN THEIR OWN RIGHT BUT THEY ARE NOT A2's. IF YOU WANT SOMETHING OF OUTSTANDING QUALITY OR AUTHENTICITY IT'S GOT TO BE IETHER A REAL ONE OR AN AERO OR AN EASTMAN. (MY OPINION ONLY, OTHER OPINIONS WILL VARY, OTHER JACKETS AVAILABLE, YOUR STATUTORY RIGHTS HAVE NOT BEEN AFFECTED!!!)

ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE CALL SAUL ON 07792 229839, DUE TO THE WEIGHT AND SIZE OF THIS JACKET POSTAGE WILL BE £10.00 (NOT THE £4.00 THAT EBAY INSISTS)

POSTAGE, WHETHER FREE OR QUOTED IS FOR UK MAINLAND BUYERS ONLY. IF YOU LIVE IN A POSTCODE THAT WOULD NORMALLY REQUIRE EXTRA POSTAGE (AND BY NOW YOU'LL KNOW THAT) THAN CONTACT ME TO SEE IF THERE WILL BE ANY EXTRA TO BE PAID. OVERSEAS BIDDERS PLEASE CONTACT ME FOR POSTAGE COSTS, IF YOU DO NOT THEN YOU MUST ACCEPT WHATEVER THE POSTAGE COMES TO, I WILL NOT ENTER INTO DISCUSSIONS ON WHERE TO GET THE BEST PRICE, I WILL USE THE EASIEST SERVICE FOR ME (NORMALLY ROYAL MAIL).

POSTAGE TO DENMARK CONFIRMED AT £30.00, 2-3 DAYS WITH INSURANCE, I WOULD IMAGINE MOST EUROPEAN COUNTRIES WILL COST SAME BUT WILL CONFIRM ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS

RE-ENACTORS, MILITARY, ROCK N ROLL, VINTAGE CLOTHING, FLYING JACKET, AERO LEATHERS, 40'S, HOD ROD, HOTROD, WWII, WW2, USAAF, US AIR FORCE

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