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Original Contract A-2s
Base price: £660.00
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Aero "Real Deal" 42-15142-P Type A-2 Unmatched Horsehide

Mixed Grain Unmatched "Jerky" Horsehide
Japanese Made WW2 Replica Talon Zipper
Squared Pocket Corners
Olive Drab Stitching
Mustard Cotton Lining
Rust Wool Knit
Ring Studs

We've taken the most classic A-2 of them all, the original 42-15142-P contract from Aero Leather Clothing, Beacon New York, had one of our tanneries copy the original tanning technique, lightly spraying a Seal Brown or Russet coating onto a reddish Horsehide base hide, drumming just enough to bring up the grain without unduly softening the hide.

This is the jacket that would have been thrown at the raw cadet by the quartermaster. This A2 has been cut just like they would have been at times of maximum leather shortages such as experienced midway through WWII. Manufacturers would have tried to squeeze as many jackets out of their leather as possible and marks and scars would not have been avoided, and no care would have been taken as to the matching of grain, panel to panel. Back then all available horsehide was used, not just the prime front quarter. This meant rougher horse skins, leaving on all the scars, natural marks, and not trimming off the jerky shank- there was a war going on, every bit of horse went into the jacket, and the same goes for the 'Real Deal'. No"pre-aging" or faking up of combat wear will be needed, just wear this jacket and watch the patina pop up with every outing.

Once cut and constructed by one of our military specialist machinists, the end result is probably the nearest to a WWII A2 made since 1943. Obviously we save on the hides when making such a jacket, and that saving is being passed on to the customer despite the fact that we think this is probably the most truly authentic A2 on the market.

Standard size range is 34" to 48" inclusive, other sizes are available by special order

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