Martin Lane G-1

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  1. navairfan

    navairfan New Member

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    My latest jacket acquisition is this Martin Lane G-1, size 42R . I replaced the cuffs and waistband, but otherwise this jacket is in outstanding condition. Does the info on the tag mean this is a 1969 C series jacket? Any guidance on how to read tag info is appreciated!

    Martin Lane G-1 label.jpg

    Martin Lane G-1.jpg
     
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  2. B-Man2

    B-Man2 Well-Known Member

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    Nice find ! Yes the contract year is 1969 making your jacket a Viet Nam era USN issued G1.
    They are very much in demand and a great jacket that will hold its value. If you don’t mind me asking who changed out the knits for you? Was it a company or an individual we might know of here on the forum?
    BTW they jacket fits you perfectly and looks great on you.
     
  3. navairfan

    navairfan New Member

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    Thanks, B-man! It's my sixth G-1, and by far my favorite. I had the knits replaced by a local seamstress, and she did an amazing job. She used the existing holes in the leather to attach the cuffs!
     
  4. Marv

    Marv Well-Known Member

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    Looks sweet, I have a 1968 Martin Lane which is labelled as a size 46" but actually fits more like a trim size 44", how is the sizing on yours ?
     
  5. Lorenzol

    Lorenzol Active Member

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    Hi Navairfan,

    Your G-1 is actually a D-series jacket. The series is denoted by the letter before the (WEP), (WP) or (AS) in the label. The fiscal year of manufacture can be gleaned in some contracts by the two digits after "DSA 100-". In your jacket's case, it was manufactured in fiscal year 1969. There is a very useful thread in this forum with most, if not all, G-1 contracts: http://www.vintageleatherjackets.org/threads/g-1-contracts.6533/
    Nice jacket, btw, and a good fit too. Wear it in good health!
     
  6. navairfan

    navairfan New Member

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    Hi, Paul - I usually wear a 42R, and the jacket fits perfectly. Especially since I've lost 25 lbs!
     
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  7. Brent

    Brent Active Member

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    Good looking jacket and nice fit. What other G-1s are in your collection?

    Regards,
     
  8. navairfan

    navairfan New Member

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    Thanks for the information, Lorenzol! I'll be saving that link for sure.
     
  9. navairfan

    navairfan New Member

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    Cooper G-1 p5.jpg IMG_2394.JPG IMG_2389.JPG tag.jpg IMG_2389.JPG
    Hi, Brent - Besides the 1969 D-series Martin Lane, I have a 1970 D-series Brill Bros., and early '80's Brill Bros. pulled for commercial sale, an early '80's Ralph Edwards (tag is so worn I can't fully read it), A civilian-issue Cooper, and a Flight Apparel Industries reproduction. Can you help with the dates of manufacture on these jackets? IMG_2386.JPG tag.jpg . The Cooper and Flight Apparel Industries jackets date from the early to mid-'80's, to, I believe.
     
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  10. blackrat2

    blackrat2 Active Member

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    I think also there was a good G-1 site that I stumbled upon ages ago
    Roger Moore or something along those lines, anyone that recalls it please chip in
     
  11. Brent

    Brent Active Member

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    Moore's site is still down. I never could get the archive search to work. I do have some of the manufacturers and dates saved on my laptop. I'll try to put them up soon.

    Regards,
     

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