Anyone ID these gloves please

Smithy

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First off Dave, US kit wasn't my speciality at the museum so I'm happy to be thrown to the lions and proved wrong, but initial impression is that isn't something issued in that configuration by the USAAF.

They look well made and I wouldn't be surprised if they're one of those "fantasy" items made by one of the Japanese repro manufacturers which make gorgeously rendered items but often in designs which aren't entirely true to the original items, and often with the materials used.
 

Officer Dibley

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Thanks Tim, my money was on you rather than Carl as you tend to be on here more - thankfully :)
I just won them on ebay for £20 so ok for my motorbike and yard work then - not something to be pampered !
Thanks mate
Dave
 

Smithy

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That's interesting Dave. Like I said above US stuff isn't my real forte so there's far more knowledgeable USAAF kit guys around here than me, but if they're original well done. Interesting that the US forces would have a dedicated "survival glove" rather than just a flying/cold weather combat glove.

They look nice though and lovely leather.
 

jack31916

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I've got a copy of a copy of the the USAAF ,Class 13 Catalog, september 1943 and according to this catalog these are GLOVES - Mechanics', Type D-2, SPEC.NO. 94-3102. Five-finger, yellow horsehide gloves with knitted wool lining and dark brown knitted wristlet. Available in size 8 to 11 with Stock no's 8300-301200 to 8300-301230.

Although your wristlets doesn't look dark brown I'm sure there are variations in color possible. So... no fantasy item here.
 

MikeyB-17

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Interesting, never come across those before either. I wonder if they got used much, I know it got cold for ground crews in the Winter in Britain, but I’d have thought they’d make it hard to do any intricate work. Unless they were for even colder areas like the Aleutians or Greenland.
 

Officer Dibley

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Thanks Jack, now i’m really chuffed ! :cool:

Mikey, maybe there were some jobs that didn’t require dexterity ? Although leather gloves aren’t good for contact work below freezing because if damp they will get as stuck to cold metal as flesh will - although without the same pain when you unstick them !
I need to have a look at more photos as i’m sure they must have been fairly widely used

Dave
 

917_k

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Funny old world, I was watching these as well and decided not to bid in the end as I couldn’t find any reference to them in any books or anywhere online, so assumed they were a ‘fantasy’ item. Looks like you got something interesting.
 

MikeyB-17

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Yeah I think they probably are heavy work gloves as opposed to gloves for intricate stuff. That yellow horse is often used for work gloves-I have some myself. I’m sure I’ve seen pics of ground crew wearing A-10’s, although I don’t imagine they were issued them.
I really like those knits.
 

Smithy

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As soon as i get them i’ll post pics. Nice to find something new to the forum
Dave
Dave, I think that's one of the best things about this forum, we learn something new pretty much every day about flying jackets and the associated kit but also about the entire period they inhabit.

Really looking forward to the photos mate and as I mentioned above I'm quite sold on them now, might have to start looking for a pair myself!
 

Officer Dibley

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Cheers Burt.
I took a bit of a flyer but since i was only prepared to bid up to what any pair of 2nd hand gloves might cost, i had nothing to lose.
Lucky for me these are rare enough that no-one else thought they were real or were willing to take the risk.
I am chuffed to bits ;)
 

B-Man2

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Cheers Burt.
I took a bit of a flyer but since i was only prepared to bid up to what any pair of 2nd hand gloves might cost, i had nothing to lose.
Lucky for me these are rare enough that no-one else thought they were real or were willing to take the risk.
I am chuffed to bits ;)
I never knew such a glove existed in the military. I always enjoy learning new things.
Keen eye on that one Dave!:)
 
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