I have a question(s) that I have been pondering for years about a mint, 1942 HBT jacket in my collection.
The jacket has some sloppy sewing on the button holes at the end of the sleeves; and two of the front buttons don't line up with the button holes. One button is about 1/2 and inch off, and the other button is close to an inch. when buttoned the jacket has a slight, but visible bulge.
Since this jacket was mint when I found it, is it possible that it was rejected by an inspector? Would a rejected item be marked somehow (note the spec tag is clean with no writing on it)? Or would a "defect" such as these--even if noticed--- be considered insignificant, particularly in a work/combat uniform?
Any thoughts would certainly be appreciated.