Here’s another entry to our “Sold on eBay” series of vintage articles. It’s an amazing WW2 A2 leather jacket worthy of a mention. Again, maybe I should have entitled this one “UN-Sold on eBay” because it’s another piece that didn’t meet the auction reserve.
The back possesses some classic WWII hand painted art work of a P38 called “Fork Tail Devil” in excellent shape! It appears that everything on the jacket is original. The main Talon zipper is original but you’ll see in the pictures that the zipper tape has some separation issues. These types of zipper issues are the worst as the zipper tape will continue to deteriorate. The cuffs are all original but have been repaired at some point. Another word about this jacket’s condition is the shoulder wear. As you can see in the photos, the shoulders are starting to thin out. This comes from a jacket of this age hanging on a single hanger for as many years as it has. It’s pretty common with these A2 jackets but could be avoided with just a different method of storage.
It’s anyone’s guess as to what the reserve on this WW2 A2 leather jacket auction was. My guess is $1,800. Actually, I’m a little surprised he didn’t get that number but the condition of this jacket obviously held it back. We’ve seen A2 jackets with no art work, in great shape, sell for this same price of $1,200.
Here are the details…..
This jacket was relisted and sold for $2290 at auction meeting it’s reserve.
100% ORIGINAL WW2 US ARMY AIR FORCE A2 LEATHER JACKET P-38 LIGHTNING RARE NAMED
Seller: brads-ww2-items / Anaheim, California
Label: L & T Sportswear Los Angeles , California
Condition: Repaired cuffs, original Talon zip with zipper tape separation, rough shoulder wear.
Amazing hand painted back.
“Fork Tail Devil” painted art work on the back. Excellent color.
Plain A2 front.
Shoulder wear. Common on these jackets from hanging in a closet.
Another shot of the shoulder wear.
You can see a zipper thread issue.
Yup. Once a separation begins the zipper deteriorates quickly.
Excellent example of the A2 Talon zipper. Too bad it will need to be replaced.
Interior shot. Liner is ripped in both arm pits.