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Rogerdean

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hi guys

 

found this flight jacket D1 in an old house near Longvic France ,there is a name in it ,it's Nelson it's not my theme of collection so don't know much about it

there are some tear on the shoulder and some reparations ,i'm not gonna keep this, so can some one tell how much could this worth please

thanks

Roger

 

 

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pararaftanr2

I've no idea on value with that damage, but the D-1 was made for issue to ground crew, not flight crew.

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In my honest opinion, it appears to me to have little collector value. Unfortunately, the zips are likely seized and the existing damage would imply the shearling is likely dry rotted and will fail in other areas with little manipulation. Certainly not a wearer. Others might disagree and suggest leather dressings, etc. but if you just love it put it on a form and try not to move it much. To me the multiple rips in the left arm, patched shoulder and the appearance of rot at the right lower front make it a time bomb. Attempting to replace the main zip or even operate the pocket zips would most likely tear the jacket more.

When I first started collecting, a recommended dealer in NYC told me by phone that he didn't guarantee even the best of the shearling jackets he sold saying, "You might have a beautiful example but come out one day and see it laying on the floor in pieces." He was a bit crass and I didn't buy from him but I haven't found good shearling to be that unpredictable. I have handled such examples and would put this one in that category. It's always nice to find these items in any state but, unfortunately, as another collector once told me, low end examples will always be low end.

 

Just an opinion,

Dave

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I wish I could disagree, but this is spot-on advice.

 

Sad, but that poor thing looks near the end. Once tears start in that thin shearling, there is very little to be done.

 

In my honest opinion, it appears to me to have little collector value. Unfortunately, the zips are likely seized and the existing damage would imply the shearling is likely dry rotted and will fail in other areas with little manipulation. Certainly not a wearer. Others might disagree and suggest leather dressings, etc. but if you just love it put it on a form and try not to move it much. To me the multiple rips in the left arm, patched shoulder and the appearance of rot at the right lower front make it a time bomb. Attempting to replace the main zip or even operate the pocket zips would most likely tear the jacket more.

When I first started collecting, a recommended dealer in NYC told me by phone that he didn't guarantee even the best of the shearling jackets he sold saying, "You might have a beautiful example but come out one day and see it laying on the floor in pieces." He was a bit crass and I didn't buy from him but I haven't found good shearling to be that unpredictable. I have handled such examples and would put this one in that category. It's always nice to find these items in any state but, unfortunately, as another collector once told me, low end examples will always be low end.

 

Just an opinion,

Dave

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phantomfixer

I will chime in, in defense of the jacket.....While not a prime piece for sure...the D-1 with the star and tag is still a desirable jacket...Stateside...I think 125.00 -150.00 would be an easy sell, as is with no plans to restore...just display...

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Bummer about the damage, but still a good economy example for a biginner. I kinda like the jerkin more.

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hi thanks for your advice that's what i was thinking 100 euros and it will do it still has its jerkin ! thanks again

Roger

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hi guys

 

found this flight jacket D1 in an old house near Longvic France ,there is a name in it ,it's Nelson it's not my theme of collection so don't know much about it

there are some tear on the shoulder and some reparations ,i'm not gonna keep this, so can some one tell how much could this worth please

thanks

Roger

 

 

 

It's a jacket that was issued to ground crew. My dad had one although he was a flight engineer, along with a pair of sheepskin pants. They were eventually destroyed by moths.

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which validates the fact that although issued to ground crew, the jacket found it's way to aircrew also...same as the flight crew issued garments found their way to the ground crew

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