Saturday, 7 October 2017

Being a jerk

In which G.M. Norton ponders a potential purchase.


Now chums, I've been mulling over a purchase for a good year or so - a reproduction leather jerkin, worn by British armed forces in both world wars. 
Robert Shaw worn one alongside Barbara Bach and Harrison Ford in war flick, Force 10 from Navarone.

Like a lot of military clothing, this made it onto Civvy Street, becoming part of the uniform for workmen that carried heavy weights on their shoulders, such as a binman or coal man. 

Take this fellow in the 1954 film, Lease of Life, pairing his jerkin with flat cap, army surplus battledress and grandad shirt.
Immensely practical, they were a much-loved item of clothing, allowing freedom of movement but lovely and warm with a wool lining.

I rather fancy wearing one over a roll neck sweater like my Commando Woolly Pully or Submariner. Or perhaps my wool deck shirt.

I think I'm close to taking the plunge. As ever, you'll be the first to know.

G.M. Norton
Protagonist of 'Norton of Morton'

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1 comment:

  1. Well, leather lasts, so you could look on it as an investment purchase...

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