OUTSTANDING!! Royal Flying Corps Leather Pilot/Obs
A great example of the highly sought after iconic Aviator's Coat so often pictured in WWI photographs of Royal Flying Corps Pilots and Observers.
This 'sleeper' carries obvious signs of "cockpit use". In particular there are a large number of 4"-5" scars on one section near the right shoulder blade. This would indicate an RFC Airman's movements within the open cockpit as he repeatedly turns to look around him in the sky....this isn't damage and does not affect the structural integrity of the leather. To me it is undoubtedly one of the finest features of this coat.
This is the full 'wraparound' version with the all important map pocket on the chest. Importantly it also retains its original belt and leather covered buckle. The elbows and lower arms have also had an extra padded section of leather added for comfort when leaning on the open cockpit rim.
The overall condition of the Coat is excellent and is still very wearable with just natural wear and tear through use. There are a few small burn holes and period repairs...all contemporary and to be expected. It still has each and every one of its original buttons and bright orange covered poppers throughout, including on the internal leg straps. The leather could be termed stiff, but is not cracked, torn or damaged so an application of "Effax" balm is recommended. I suppose it could be cleaned if thought necessary but this coat simply oozes 'character' so I'll leave that decision to the buyer.
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