One of the best jackets to ever be created was the Rough Wear Type A2 Leather Jacket for the US Army Air Force pilots, navigators and bombardiers. The Rough Wear Clothing Co. of Middletown, PA was likely the most prolific war-time producer of A-2 jackets. They were contracted in the spring of 1941 and this jacket was produced during that run. Most A2’s were made of horsehide but I believe this jacket is made of goat – though I could be wrong. Either way, the painting brings it’s own history to this piece. Certainly unique and very much amazing.
From the listing:
“The Art: The rear of the jacket pictures a sickly-looking, terrified Adolf Hitler plugging his ears as a bomb drops from the sky toward his head. In yellow lettering, the phrase “No use, Adolf” appears above his head to the left. The Patches: On the left shoulder there is a beautiful bullion-on-wool Army Air Force SSI. On the front of the jacket appears a beautiful felt embroidered black cat riding a yellow bomb in front of a large red “V.” Above the cat is the pin “To Hell with Hitler.” The patch is sewn on a larger green leather disk. The disk is then sewn on the jacket. It appears the disk was sewn over four metal snaps where something was previously snapped (perhaps another patch?)”
Here are the auction details:
Seller: majortedssr / South Yarmouth, MA
Label: Rough Wear Clothing Co. / Sz. 42
Condition: “Jacket leather is soft and creamy soft – totally wearable. Zipper is in perfect working order.”