Help Identify Mysterious Jacket

Discussion in 'Vintage' started by battlenexuschamp, Feb 5, 2019.

  1. battlenexuschamp

    battlenexuschamp New Member

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    I recently purchased this jacket but I can not identify it. The tag says that it is a B9 but the specification number and stock number is for a B11. The jacket also looks like a B 11. I think that the tag might be a mistake but I just want to be sure.
     
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  3. MikeyB-17

    MikeyB-17 Well-Known Member

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    Hi. That’s a post war civilian jacket. The ‘original type ‘ bit on the label doesn’t appear on military jackets.
     
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  4. battlenexuschamp

    battlenexuschamp New Member

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    Can you tell me more about the jacket like if it is a B9 or B11?
     
  5. stanier

    stanier Well-Known Member

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    Hi, I think as it’s a civilian jacket it cannot be a b-9 or a b-11. It’s just a civvy jacket from a post war maker. I’m not sure what more could be added?

    Cheers
     
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  6. MikeyB-17

    MikeyB-17 Well-Known Member

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    I guess despite the label it’s more like a B-11. As I understand, B-9’s had the quilted lining and B-3’s the alpaca, but I don’t pretend to be an expert, just seen a few of these ‘original type ‘ jackets before.
     
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  7. Carl

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    Total BS im afraid, as Fitzwell did not have a B9 contract .
    As always when buying anything

    "READ THE SMALL PRINT" this time on the label

    "ORIGINAL TYPE "

    I could go on , but i think the message is clear .

    Carl
     
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  8. Carl

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    On the spec label it shows AC 981 , that is the correct contract number for Fitzwell made B11's
     
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  9. Smithy

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    It might not be an original contract jacket but it looks to be in good nick and if it fits you I'd say wear the hell out of it during the colder months and just enjoy it.

    Welcome to VLJ as well!
     
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  10. Carl

    Carl Well-Known Member

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    As good as its later cousin , the N2b
     
  11. B-Man2

    B-Man2 Well-Known Member

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    I used to constantly get hung up over if the jacket or coat was an issued military item or not. I didn’t want anything that wasn’t military issued because I always though that the military had the “best stuff”. Then one day a friend reminded me that, most of the issued military gear, what ever it was , is made by the “lowest bidder “. That registered with me and now I wear what feels and looks good . Keep in mind that most of the Special Operations Services purchase their specialized gear from the civilian markets. So .....My point is.... if the jacket looks good, feels good, and works for you.....consider it a keeper.
    Welcome aboard!!
     
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