The N1 deck jacket, a classic, and for most people (given their timeless cool, reasonable availability & pricing) a first piece of proper vintage to add to the wardrobe - I know my first N1 was amongst the first pieces I had. But not all N1s are created equal, the classic jacket was in use with the US Navy from early 1943 through to the early 60s, and this is a very hard to find example of the first pattern.
In early 1943 the Navy introduced a new line of redesigned clothing to help it meet its requirements across multiple theatres and areas of operations. Designated with a N (N-1, N-2 and N-3) standing for Navy, this range of clothing would improve upon previous designs, and prepare the navy for the amphibious warfare required in pacific and to land in occupied Europe. The N-1 deck jacket was a vast improvement on the previous blue jackets, retaining the thick jungle cloth, but changing to a khaki colour more suitable as camouflage. It returned to a zip closure, improved the fit, changed to a thick alpaca lining and included a draw string around the waist. For anyone who has owned both will tell you, these are much better jackets to wear in the cold.
This is the rare first pattern, most recognisable through the cuffs, which inside have the alpaca fur running almost up to the wrist. Sometime in early 1944 this would change and the fur would end where the knitted cuff is stitched in. Added to this is a double layer of alpaca lining, making these much thicker than their later siblings, a true winter warrior.
This particular contract, NSXS 38051 was made by Haverhill Sportswear between October 1943 - April 1944
This is in really great vintage condition, the perfect N1. The jungle cloth is in excellent condition, with only some wearing to the cuffs tips & pockets. All the buttons are originals and in perfect shape. I've replaced the main zipper with a period correct Talon, retaining the original zipper pull. The USN stamp is very clear, as is the label. The lining has areas of wear, but generally still very thick.
- Tagged a size 40
- Fits a modern medium - large
- Pit to pit 23.5"
- Shoulder to shoulder 19.5"
- Shoulder to cuff 25"
- Collar to hem 26"