Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 30

The British Leather Jerkin

Article about: Hi Guys, these were a really popular item of uniform, designed for winter use. First worn in the Great War and they were made again throughout WW2. Postwar examples were even made from man m

  1. #1

    Default The British Leather Jerkin

    Hi Guys, these were a really popular item of uniform, designed for winter use. First worn in the Great War and they were made again throughout WW2. Postwar examples were even made from man made Vinyl. Other continental armies copied the design too.

    For many years after the war they could be observed being worn by many ex soldiers and others who had bought them as army surplus. Our local Dustman used to wear one. Older British forum members will no doubt recall the TV charactor "Stan Ogden" wearing one too.

    The example illustrated here from my collection I purchased directly from the Veteran who was issued with it in 1945. He was a motor cycle despatch rider. It is nicely maker marked and dated "Maple & Co. Ltd, London. Jan. 1945"

    The chocolate brown coloured woolen linings only seem to be observed on later productions.

    There were also "Camo" versions produced which had a subtle spray painted pattern done on them.

    Cheers, Ade.
    Click to enlarge the picture Click to enlarge the picture Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Leather jerkin..jpg 
Views:	23154 
Size:	194.2 KB 
ID:	59506   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Leather jerkin makers label..jpg 
Views:	846 
Size:	151.1 KB 
ID:	59507  


  2. #2

    Default re: The British Leather Jerkin

    This example is from my wife Lez's ATS collection. This is the special version produced for the ATS. Note that it closes on the female side. This is the early production version and has an adjustable half belt fitted to the back. The later ATS version did away with the half belt.

    This is also a camo version. As you can see, the spray painted pattern is very light.
    Click to enlarge the picture Click to enlarge the picture Click image for larger version. 

Name:	ATS 1st pattern Leather jerkin..jpg 
Views:	3609 
Size:	235.8 KB 
ID:	59509   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	ATS 1st pattern leather jerkin, reverse..jpg 
Views:	986 
Size:	242.6 KB 
ID:	59511  


  3. #3

    Default Re: The British Leather Jerkin

    Those are some very nice examples Ade! I have examples of both the WWI and WWII jerkins as well. They are not very common on this side of the pond.

    Cheers
    Gary

  4. #4

    Default Re: The British Leather Jerkin

    Thanks Gary. I would like to see them especially the WW1 example.

    Cheers, Ade.

  5. #5

    Default Re: The British Leather Jerkin

    Ade,

    We still had them on the G1098 for (Abbot) Gun Batteries as 'loaders jerkin'. Some were wartime dates most were 50s as they wore out. I never saw one in use as they were deemed 'unfashionable', such an opinion probably put about by the BQMS as 'Stores are for storing'. It lives on in the 'Jerkin protective combat' which I still have and is still on issue but deemed just as unfashionable! Probably due to the efficient laundry system today (you always get something back) and the quick resupply chain that negates make do and mend to some degree.

    Jock

  6. #6

    Default Re: The British Leather Jerkin

    Hi Jock, thanks as I had not heard of that.

    Cheers, Ade.

  7. #7

    Default Re: The British Leather Jerkin

    Ade,

    The modern 95 pattern equivelent. I lied in error I have seen it worn once by a Challenger tank loader but no one else, not even his mates.

    When you get the WW1 photos that should complete the full evolution?

    Jock
    Click to enlarge the picture Click to enlarge the picture Click image for larger version. 

Name:	CIMG4461.jpg 
Views:	443 
Size:	225.9 KB 
ID:	59540   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	CIMG4462.jpg 
Views:	361 
Size:	263.0 KB 
ID:	59541  

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	CIMG4463.jpg 
Views:	358 
Size:	254.1 KB 
ID:	59542   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	CIMG4464.jpg 
Views:	743 
Size:	260.9 KB 
ID:	59543  


  8. #8

    Default Re: The British Leather Jerkin

    This garment features prominently in the "The Third Man," as well, on the British NCO in the military police in Vienna's international zone along with Trevor Howard's character.

    Thanks for showing us.
    damit, basta.

  9. #9

    Default Re: The British Leather Jerkin

    Quote by Friedrich-Berthold View Post
    This garment features prominently in the "The Third Man," as well, on the British NCO in the military police in Vienna's international zone along with Trevor Howard's character.

    Thanks for showing us.
    FB,

    I have not seen the films you mention, It would not be wrong for the 'plod' to have them as I believe the are on G1098 (Sub unit level centralised store) for their bikers. These items tend to be on a store register issued to an 'appiontment' which might wear out the uniform quicker if not protected (biker, gun loader, tank gun loader, Engineer bridger, etc) rather than an individual (cost cutting).

    Typical British MOD answer.

    As it was it still is.

    Jock

  10. #10

    Default Re: The British Leather Jerkin

    Hi Jock, never seen of these before! Thanks for showing it.

    "The Third Man" is a great film noir. FB's favourite film It was only on TV here again last week.

    Cheers, Ade.

Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Leather Preservation (Imperial belt)

    In Restoration & Refurbishing
    10-30-2011, 09:50 AM
  2. Preservation of leather scabbard- what to use ?

    In Restoration & Refurbishing
    05-01-2011, 02:54 PM
  3. The WW2 British Airborne Forces Red Beret

    In Cloth headgear-Western Allies
    06-10-2010, 03:17 PM
  4. 05-25-2009, 05:42 PM
  5. Early leather liner SSch36 helmet

    In Headgear and Steel Helmets of the RKKA, Red Army, & Soviet Army
    03-01-2009, 11:31 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •