Moss Leather Goods Jerkin
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- Last updated: 25/01/2017
The sleeveless leather jacket – or jerkin – was once standard British army issue after its 1916 introduction into WWI where even an officer’s version was produced, virtually mandatory in the Spanish civil war, a confirmed keeper’s favourite and the number one workman’s garment. For whatever reasons the humble leather jerkin fell out of fashion. Worry not though, as Philip Moss of Moss Leather Garments has reintroduced this most versatile and hardwearing sleeveless workhorse and has he got it right.
Available in three versions, the original no pocket model is now complimented by two and four pocket versions with a choice of wool or canvas linings. Fastened by three large, substantial buttons, the thickness, durability and quality of the British hides used is beyond question as are the levels of construction and attention to detail.
Worn extensively over a fleece or thick flannel shirt, the four pocket version seen here has proved its worth as a general winter shooting item, as a versatile and extremely warm over garment to withstand the rigors of general outdoor punishment around the shoot and as an additional layer of protection when out and about on a quad. Slightly old fashioned they may be, but after having worn an original pattern jerkin for the past five months I can now see why the demand for this once familiar item of clothing has now returned.
Price wise, these Moss Leather Goods jerkins start at £120 and rise to £140 for the four pocket version seen here.