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WW II Leather Jackets

Dena Hamilton - Tuesday, August 28, 2012

One of the services I sometimes get to perform is the restoration of original A-2 and G-1 army and navy leather jackets. As I've had the privilege of meeting, by phone, a few of the original men who wore these jackets I've noticed something common to each encounter. I felt extremely humbled!  Even at a well seasoned age, each man's conversation was intelligent and interesting, and their demeanor deliberate and respectful.

I am so honored to do the work that I do, and to these special men I want to say thank you - for everything - and Kudos!


This gentleman asked if I would restore and go over his jacket completely for anything it needed. 

So, we replaced the waistband and cuffs (with the same heavy knit), put in a new #10 zipper, and resewed the buttons. We reinforced and sewed the tops of the pockets and reinforced any thin places in the leather. We spot dyed the genuine mouton collar at the edges where the fur was missing and light colored flesh showed (also applied drops of oil as the skin was very dry there.) Then, we cleaned, moisturized, and water proofed the leather.  (Here the leather looks shinier than it is because of my camera flash. The actual finish is very natural and true to the original finish.)

*These original jackets are irreplaceable to the men who wore them in WW II.