Discussion in 'Vintage' started by Greg Gale, Nov 5, 2018.
Nice jacket, good photos too. I like the patch along with its honest attachment stitching.
Fantastic find! Thanks for posting...
A few more pics of the original owner He flew Preddy's plane (413321) after he returned home in September (?) 1944. Renamed to "Sexhunate".
So that confirms what I found yesterday on Littlefriends.co.uk, except they seem to have the middle name wrong. He's listed as "Francis C. Reading":
44-13321 P-51D 487 HO-N Reading Lt. Francis C Sexshunate Reassigned from Nutter. Lost 16 April 45 - Lt. Walter Padden KIA
What a gem ...
The color is splendid as is the patch
Thx for sharing those pics
What a treasure! Thanks for sharing Greg.
My Aero with a reddish knits looks like this. A real bad ass of a jacket
I wore it on a night out on a pub crawl once in town and the look people gave me!
How much did people offer to buy so I have some idea how much mine is worth?
Is yours a patched original with provenance?
It is a patched original but not researched. If it has provenance I will not wear it or even attempt to do a minor restoration such as replacing the knits. I will sell it.
As much as I admire jackets with provenence I only keep originals that I don't feel guilty about wearing.
Greg I missed this when you posted it, but my word what a cracker of an A-2 and look at that leather!!!!
Absolutely brilliant and a 487th A-2, you must have been like a kid in a candy store when he sent the pics to you
Saw these on FL and couldn't help notice the similarity in the leather, Jerky Horsehide all natural unassisted wear
Yeah that type of patina and wear is my favorite. Red undertones. I love that. How old is that one Ken?
That’s a dead wringer for the leather.
Like Jeremiah I'll echo that that leather is very like that on the 487th A-2, it really looks good.
There was recently a thread on your Holy Grail jacket and that Aero would be mine or something close to it. Fantastic it's still in the family and sounding like it's appreciated. Best thread on here for ages, thanks Greg.
My WW2 Aero is jerky like this one with lots of patina but are we sure it is horse hide? To me its looks like cows hide, seems thicker too.
BTW mine has not been conditioned and still quite supple, the liner and label is in excellent condition.
It's Horsehide, Chrome Tanned
If you guys like the current Jerky...........I think after a couple of years natural wear it's the nearest anyone had got to what Aero used between 1940 and 1942..........you will LOVE the new upgraded version we are nearly ready to launch
I'm not going to go down the BK path......... Best, Better, even better, the greatest, and better than the greatest and all the rest but, trust me....Watch this space.....
Ken, could you explain please - what's the difference between Jerky HH and Vicenza HH?
Thanks in advance.
Cow And Horse hide has sometimes been so indistinguishable that DNA testing has to be done to rule out one over the other. That said I agree with Ken’s assessment.
Main difference is the Vicenza is Veg Tanned ,The Jerky is Chrome tanned
The crust is the best we can find