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Willis & Geiger M-69D


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phantomfixer

Picked this up Sunday..sz42 M69D Transport jacket

Nice goatskin and mounton collar

A few dings, but all the zippers work

Leather is still soft and flexible

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dmar836

Those are great jackets. Underrated for sure. I posted one years ago that belonged to Captain Wright of the USS Augusta during the time of the Atlantic Charter.  

I actually wore it in upstate NY to class once(against my better judgement) and it was very warm. Lost a button in a brief snowball fight between classes. Maybe that’s why I have a huge aversion to wearing old jackets. 
Nice score!

Dave
 

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AZPhil

That's a nice one!!

Good size to boot!!

 

Semper Fi

Phil

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  • 2 months later...

Do you have better pics of it? It looks different from the ones I have seen. It looks like this one has a full length zipper and a zipper pocket on the chest. Do you have pics of the label?

THanks,

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Interesting variant. Have never seen that either. Wonder what years that was prevalent?

So mine has no tag but was from the family of Capt Wright who provided a letter and photocopy of a pic during the Atlantic Charter meeting on his ship.

Based on the pattern it is an F.  Since the Atlantic Charter was August, 1941 I'm wondering if this M-69F jacket was with him on board at the time or if he likely acquired it later?

Dave

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D version is not very common. From what i could find on the web only Willis and Geiger made them. Now i want one...

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pararaftanr2
On 9/29/2021 at 2:26 PM, jerry_k said:

It is another type (earlier???) of M69-F coat.

 

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Based on other Willis & Geiger Inc. contracts (see below) it was a pre-war design, manufactured sometime between July 1940 and June 1941, for less than $50,000. The "F" version was a simplification of the "D", replacing the zippered front and pocket with buttons and slash pockets.

 

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Thanks for the info Paul. How did you get the $50k amount? Do you have the contract info for 1940-1941? 

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pararaftanr2

Tom,

This list of war contracts only shows those that are over $50,000. Since the "D' model doesn't appear, it is assumed the order amount was below $50,000. The first contract shown for Willis & Geiger is from 7/40 in the amount of $244,000 and it has a lower contract number than shown on the label of the "D". The next contract shown, for $202,000, is from 6/41 and has a higher contract number.

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that makes sense Paul. Thanks for the info. i wish i knew how many units they made.

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