Sheeley Gearing Up For M-422 Jacket


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Beautiful, ok, where can I get an unpatched size 40 or 42 (depending on actual measures) G&F navy jacket or H L Block navy jacket and have it restored by Dave? And what's Dave's wait time.... and you get a nice clean jacket with no "funky" odours etc? Sorry but hygiene is always a worry for me on used clothing. But I do have some and been on the journey!
I wish I could answer those questions but Dave would have to give you that info. His time lines can vary depending on what’s on his plate. But... the good news is that you’re more likely to find the jackets you mentioned in the sizes you want than in the larger sizes like this 46 . It’s the only Pritzker in a 46 I’ve seen a quite a few years . With 40s and 42s I think you’ll do a lot better with your search.


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Okay but just a sneak peak!

I've still got to hand stitching the zipper back in place. As a max effort restoration I chose to hand stitch it back in place. That is rather than running it with a machine which takes only minutes. Thereby eliminate the possibility of creating extra stitch holes and maintain using 100% of the original work on both the front and back panels. In doing it will take many times longer but in my mind worth the effort.

I'll post a complete front once completely stitched.

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I wanted a vintage look for the jacket and faded a dark brown collar for 6 months to achieve that look.

Some results from the Switlik's zip tracks hand stitch work.
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The standard Switlik M-422 zipper as seen above. It is an original blackened brass M-39 Talon that I sourced. Also the exact same model zipper assembly used by three different make mil spec jackets. To include the Switlik M-422, Monarch A-2 and W&G 85956 M-422A. Also please note the fresh stitch work done on the wind flap. As I also broke that wind flap panel to correctly duplicate it's pattern.

The Switlik wind flap is yet another example of feature that is always unique any particular given maker. Needless to say, I am always amazed by the intricate designs employed by each. Especially the single panel design like used by Switlik for their jacket. These USN type wind flaps are not unlike a finger print that separates it from all others. Unless removed and patterned complete it cannot be altogether correctly duplicated period.

More soon!

Cheers, Dave
Amazing handiwork.


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Hi All,

See some more Progress pix.

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Note that in doing this restoration the original holes on my original jacket were reused both front and back as seen below.

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A time consuming exercise that I generally do on my personal restorations. Even more worth while with this beyond rare jacket.

Through my efforts I will have given this beyond rare M-422 USN jacket a new lease on life. This coming January my Switlik M-422 will be exactly 80 years old and definitely a survivor. Going forward a model and permanent reference for my same jacket reproductions going forward.

More later!

Cheers, Dave.
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