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I found this ski parka for sale at a vintage clothing place for what I thought was a pretty decent price. There are no rips or holes but it has some stains mostly on the white side. One button is missing from the cuff. There was no mention of the QM tag when I bought it but was happy to find it in the pocket when I got it.

 

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I'm always looking to buy old sets of bagpipes

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Here is a combat worn Mountain Field jacket.I think these are often over looked and under appreciated.The rareity of these ranks up there with the M42 para jackets in my opinion.This one still has the enternal susupenders.it is made of a windproof poplin.The hood may have been removed as the slit under the collar is sewn shut.This along with removing the suspenders was a common modification.The side zipper for the pack is intact but missing the pull.Both upper breast pocket zippers are also intact.About a year ago a mint one went for over $1500.00 on our favorite auction site.

 

What I really like about this jacket is the added white leather elbow pads and the added white leather re-enforcements around each cuff.The cuffs were a high wear point as on the M41 field jackets.This is one of two I got out of Colorado several years ago.The items came through a friend and he said the mans name was Martinez(?)Thanks for looking.

 

RON

 

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In Memoriam:
Lieutenant J.Kostelec 1-3 First Special Service Force MIA/PD 4 March 1944 Italy
I HAVE SEEN THE ENEMY AND IT IS DAYLIGHT
Forget about the tips..We'll get hell to pay (AC/DC)
"If you cant get out and run with the big dogs then sit on the porch and bark at the cars going by.."

Have you Hugged a Clown Today?

You Cant Get A Sun Tan On The Moon..





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Nice parkas guys!!!

 

I have heard the early zipper front pattern called the HOFFMAN pattern.Any truth to this??

 

RON

In Memoriam:
Lieutenant J.Kostelec 1-3 First Special Service Force MIA/PD 4 March 1944 Italy
I HAVE SEEN THE ENEMY AND IT IS DAYLIGHT
Forget about the tips..We'll get hell to pay (AC/DC)
"If you cant get out and run with the big dogs then sit on the porch and bark at the cars going by.."

Have you Hugged a Clown Today?

You Cant Get A Sun Tan On The Moon..





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Here are 2 variations of the reversible overcoat:

 

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The one at right is the common variety; at left is the "Pattern A", which has male and female snaps at the cuffs instead of the button/flap set-up, snaps on the lower pocket closures and a series of snaps at the bottom hem. Seems that there weren't many of 'em made, as they don't show up often.

Support our troops...abandoning the War on Terror is not an affordable luxury.

I'm so old, I still call W.W.II U.S. militaria "war surplus".

 

God's blessings in the Name of our Lord Jesus- Jim Robertson

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Spec tag of the "Pattern A" (actually Tentative Spec. 184-A): Hard to read- sorry...

 

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Support our troops...abandoning the War on Terror is not an affordable luxury.

I'm so old, I still call W.W.II U.S. militaria "war surplus".

 

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Here's the tag from the other one (184-B ):

 

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Support our troops...abandoning the War on Terror is not an affordable luxury.

I'm so old, I still call W.W.II U.S. militaria "war surplus".

 

God's blessings in the Name of our Lord Jesus- Jim Robertson

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Non-reversible Arctic parka made of tent duck, dated '41:

 

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Support our troops...abandoning the War on Terror is not an affordable luxury.

I'm so old, I still call W.W.II U.S. militaria "war surplus".

 

God's blessings in the Name of our Lord Jesus- Jim Robertson

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Here are the 2 "long" snowshoe parkas for comparison- the reversible one is dated '41 as well:

 

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Support our troops...abandoning the War on Terror is not an affordable luxury.

I'm so old, I still call W.W.II U.S. militaria "war surplus".

 

God's blessings in the Name of our Lord Jesus- Jim Robertson

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Tag from the early parka (I've gotta get a camera for better close-up shots :mad: ), Feb. 10, 1941 :

 

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Support our troops...abandoning the War on Terror is not an affordable luxury.

I'm so old, I still call W.W.II U.S. militaria "war surplus".

 

God's blessings in the Name of our Lord Jesus- Jim Robertson

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The tag from the reversible parka- Aug. 25, 1941...

 

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Support our troops...abandoning the War on Terror is not an affordable luxury.

I'm so old, I still call W.W.II U.S. militaria "war surplus".

 

God's blessings in the Name of our Lord Jesus- Jim Robertson

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The non-reversible Parka tag reads:

 

CROWN MANUFACTURING CO.

February 10, 1941

W-928-QM 36460 O.I.M.-6410

Spec. F.M.-108 Type II

 

MEDIUM

 

SAN FRANCISCO DEPOT

 

Mike Myers told me that the "F.M." is for Fort Mason, and that this Parka would have been on the old Arctic clothing list before the War, along with the Fur Cap and other items. In the Army Quartermaster records chronicalling the developement of Mountain/Ski gear, it states that the Ski Parka approved in 1942 was considered suitable to replace "the 2 earlier issues", which would have been the long Parkas pictured above.

Support our troops...abandoning the War on Terror is not an affordable luxury.

I'm so old, I still call W.W.II U.S. militaria "war surplus".

 

God's blessings in the Name of our Lord Jesus- Jim Robertson

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From page 10 of the 1946 E.M. Catalogue:

 

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From the date of this Catalogue, I figured this Parka was a post-War design, but a recent Ebay score proved this wrong...

Support our troops...abandoning the War on Terror is not an affordable luxury.

I'm so old, I still call W.W.II U.S. militaria "war surplus".

 

God's blessings in the Name of our Lord Jesus- Jim Robertson

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