Slightly off-topic, what made you choose the Monarch? Seems like a popular contract among “those who know.”More than happy with a nice lightweight Warhorse HH on my ELC Monarch, rarely gets very cold in the UK anymore down the South West end. Apart from my D-1 shearling, I have a heavy lining cowhide ELC ‘Luftwaffe’ for lower temperature. Often too warm for a Cape A-1.
I too received a '41 Werber from JC at Good Wear recently made for me, and it's made from Horween HH. A bit thinner than Japanese hide, but beautifully grainy in the right places.That redyed GW Monarch I own, however, is an exception. I think it was made from a lightweight horween hide of some variety.