Developed in 1943, the N1 system comprised of the now famous deck jacket, a bib and brace overall and a soft ‘helmet’ with a peaked front. All pieces could be worn independently of one another, or paired with other uniforms items as necessary. The helmet featured a bold ‘USN’ stamp on the rear neck covering, with a chinstrap and peaked front. Whereas the bib and brace overalls were made in a traditional workwear style and heavily insulated. Protecting sailors from biting wind and freezing temperatures, it saved many a sailor from the harsh natural environment whether at sea or on land.
Due to the impracticality of overalls, even though they were well designed and functional, a sailor couldn’t wear them 24/7. A waist length jacket that offered warmth and comfort on the other hand, became a second skin.
The N1 deck jacket was made from a hard-wearing ‘jungle cloth’ outer shell which was paired with a warm alpaca lining. Jungle cloth is otherwise known as Bedford Cord. Named after the town of Bedford in England, it is a durable fabric that resembles corduroy. The weave has faint lengthwise ridges, but without the filling yarns that make the distinct wales characteristic of corduroy.
This particular jacket is one of the first generations of this jacket as it has the alpaca interior throughout the entire jacket and sleeves.
Later iterations of this jacket would replace the alpaca in the sleeves with a quilted lining.
The Talon zipper on the jacket is still intact but the track would need a replacement on the other side
The jacket is sold as is!
Armpit to Armpit: 22’’
Total Length: 26”
Head to our Sizing Guide to see if this will fit you.
*Please note, all of our items are vintage and used and will naturally have some wear. We think it all just adds to the piece’s charm. We’ll always do our best to properly document any obvious imperfections.
**Colors may vary slightly between photos on screen and actual piece.