One of the most iconic, most recognisable and most in demand pieces of vintage military clothing on the planet! I get more requests for hook deck jackets than anything else, and it's an absolute pleasure to present this beauty for sale.
The hook deck jackets were introduced in the later part of 1942 when the zip closure on the 'jungle cloth jackets (blue winter type)' proved difficult to open and close in gloves. The navy looked to firefighters and lifted the hook closure from their heavy outer coats.
Built of a tough jungle cloth shell with a wool lining, these deck jackets were built to last, and like this one, many were worn hard. And much the better this looks for it, the perfect fade, and just enough salt to keep it beautiful.
This particular example, contract no. 22371, was order in January 1943 and made sometime in the early part of that year by Perry Sportswear Inc. of Newburgh, NY.
This is in well used but solid condition. The interlining is present in this one, the colour is strong, the lining in amazing shape, and the collar and waist knits are good. The cuff knits are a bit salty, and the grommets through which the hooks pass have a few issues. Given the jacket is structurally sound, and some of my clients prefer originality, I'm not going to make any changes at the moment, however if the new owner wishes, I will happily replace the cuffs free of charge, and we can discuss options for replacing the grommets (be mindful that repairs may take a few weeks as I'll have to order parts in).
- Tagged a size 38
- Pit to pit 22"
- Shoulder to shoulder 18"
- Shoulder to cuff 25"
- Collar to hem 25"