You are now admiring an original jacket from one of my more favorite makers. This Monarch jacket comes from their 1951 contract as a 7823 (AER) model G-1 and true Korean War era USN flight jacket and represents last contract that Monarch MFG provided the USN. This model jacket's design is culmination of Monarch's pre War and mid War USN fligh jacket contracts. This particular makers design (from among their 3 different models) represents the pinical of their flight jackets for the USN.It has the most taper of any of their previous models. Created by intagrating their already shapely (hourglass) back panel with a side seam similar to the half belt jackets which were so popular back in the day. So well suited for the fit individual with an athletic physique.
Foremost, this jacket remains well kept throughout. The factory attached mouton is in passable condition.There is some slight wear along the fold but no molting. The medium to heavy weight goat hide leather shell is remarkably clean and shows a minimum wear to the color coat. Likewise the rayon lining is in nearly perfect condition with no holes. The waist knits show minimal wear but do exhibit just a few moth nips but remain in wearable condition as is. While the cuffs are passable they could stand to be replaced.
Notably, I have near perfect replacment cuffs on hand. This jacket remains all original with the exception being that the original Conmar zipper has been replaced with a brass Talon. Long and short of it, this jacket has not been abused. If you enjoy wearing original jackets without worry like I do, this jacket will give the new owner good service going forward as is. This jacket's dimensions are typical for their size 42 jackets and seen as follows.Shoulders - 18 1/2" to 19" across. Pits - 22 1/2" across or 45" in circumference. Hem - 41 in circumference. Front Length - 23 1/2 (base of collar to end of zip tab). Back Length - 25 1/4 (back of collar to end of waist knits). Sleeve Length 24" to 24 1/2" (measured straight down the sleeve and not in an arch).
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