Sheeley's Impending USN Monarch Trifecta

Maverickson

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Hi All,

With the advent of my Monarch G-1 build https://www.ebay.com/itm/402519769645 and previous AN model Monarch MFG. USN flight jackets leaves only the Monarch M-422 left unfulfilled. Once I am able to get the time to build that pending M-422 (recently sourced an original) I will have completed my Monarch USN jacket trifecta. Consisting of Monarch's M-422, AN and G-1 model jackets.

Most notably, I recently sourced an industrial bar tacking machine (same used to stitch leather shoes) to correctly attach this jacket's leather hanger. Exclusively used by Monarch MFG on their G-1 and more often than not during WW-2 by Bronco on their A-2. Exactly why up and until now this model Monarch jacket with it's inherent constraints was and continues to be avoided by most other makers.

In addition & above all my reproduction jackets are always recreated from in hand originals. All sourced through years of collecting. As a result my work is completely derived from those original designs. No guess work here.

Please stay tuned!

Cheers Dave
 
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B-Man2

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I’d happy offer a testimonial to Dave’s skills as a craftsman of some of the finest USN jackets. He restored my Pritzker to mint condition using the most accurate period parts and materials available, and in one area an original main zip as well. He’s a wizard ! :)
 

Maverickson

Well-Known Member
Hi All,

My Monarch MFG USN trifecta is now complete. As seen below I with a size 44 Monarch M-422. In doing I utilized two original M-422 jackets (size 36 & 40) from within my personal collection.

Since I have originals in the corresponding size jackets from both the AN and G-1 models made this transition a snap.


Size 44 Monarch M-422.jpg

The back panel is hourglass shaped.
Back Panel .jpg
Lower Back Panel Detail .jpg
Monarch M-422 Size 44 Label.jpg

All lining seams top stitched as per Monarch MFG. Work that was over and above any USN spec.
Lining Detail .jpg


All stitch work is was done using a brown colored silk thread. As per the original M-422 jacket spec.

Monarch M-422 Sleeve Stitch Work .jpg


Throat Latch.jpg


Stencil is correct for the Monarch M-422 model contract.

USN Stencil.jpg

Monarch M-422 jackets top stitched the lining on their off set map pockets two different ways. Either by stitching the leather or lining. I choose the latter.
Pistol Pocket.jpg


Opened MapPocket .jpg



From hands on experience I can tell you that few panels are completely inter changeable between the three (M-422, AN and G-1) model jackets. In a given size, those design variations between the three model jackets are more than enough for the wearer to know that they are wearing completely different jackets.

From the three the M-422 is the most over built.

Cheers, Dave
 
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ausreenactor

Well-Known Member
Hi All,

My Monarch MFG USN trifecta is now complete. As seen below I with a size 44 Monarch M-422. In doing I utilized two original M-422 jackets (size 36 & 40) from within my personal collection.

Since I have originals in the corresponding size jackets. from both the AN and G-1 models made this transition a snap.


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The back panel is hourglass shaped.
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All lining seams top stitched as per Monarch MFG. Work that was over and above any USN spec.
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All stitch work is was done using a brown colored silk thread. As per the original M-422 jacket spec.

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Stencil is correct for the Monarch M-422 model contract.

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From hands on experience I can tell you that few panels are inter changeable between the three (M-422, AN and G-1) model jackets. When worn those overall design differences between the different model jackets is distinct enough for the wearer to tell the difference between each model.

From the three the M-422 is the most over built.

Cheers, Dave

Wow! Over built perhals...but could never be under appreciated.
 

Grant

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Amazing work, Dave. Thanks for sharing! After seeing these photos, I may just have to switch my order to a Monarch M422!
Did the original Monarch M422 use orange color stitching?
Being a total zip nerd, I really appreciate the painted Talon zip you're using!
Congrats on another amazing USN jacket.
 

Maverickson

Well-Known Member
Grant,

That is brown colored silk thread. The fact that it is silk verses cotton makes it much more shiny. Not to mention the exact same color seen used on my original jackets. The thread may look orange in the pix but it is brown in color all the same. That difference may also be accentuated by the dark colored hide.

The zip is a reproduction M-39 Talon and correct original M-39 slider.

Cheers, Dave
 
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