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Seal Brown Sheepskin / Goatskin Trim
All Services, 1943-45
Original Contractor: J.A. Dubow Mfg. Co.
represents the final development of the WWII Sheepskin Flight Jacket,
incorporating design modifications to the earlier B-3 and (predominantly) USN
M445 series. The ANJ-4 increases the use of Goatskin in the
waist, cuffs and underarm gussets for reduced bulk and increased wear
resistance. Interior wool cuffs provide wind protection, dispensing with the
previous sheepskin cuffs which soiled, wore quickly and interfered with flight
glove fit and flexibility. The zipper installation was redesigned
on a leather guide tab for easier operation, then
strengthened with elaborate Goatskin piping. Larger Goatskin facings on sleeves and
collar further increase durability and protection. Fur thickness is a
hefty 3/4+" throughout: you won't believe how warm this jacket is. Forget about sweaters in
virtually any climate. American sheepskins, as per ANJ originals: sheepskin wool
and density vary
dramatically depending on where the animals originate.
Fur color we describe as a yellowish "spoiled milk."
In an effort to
standardize wartime flight clothing, ANJ-prefixed gear was issued to all the
Just a glance at the
photos will give you a good idea of the perfection of our workmanship and
absolute accuracy and authenticity of materials, coupled with the detail and design knowledge
unique to LOST WORLDS Jackets. American bred and made. As we say throughout the site,
learn and compare.
Brass or Nickel Talon or C&C (Crown) Zipper, WWII specification tag, 100% Wool Cuffs.
"While you did not ask for any feedback,
you did not ask for any feedback, I feel compelled to provide some. This
will be rather lengthy so that I can tell the whole story. If you want to
use any part of this essay, feel free to do so. To start, I am 72 years old,
retired and live in a small urban area. I am not an off-the-rack guy at 5’
6” and 140 lbs. When I was working, I enjoyed custom made shirts and custom
tailored suits. I looked better and had more self-confidence. I have also
always appreciated good leather with some custom shoes and quality
accessories. I had quality leather seats made for my Corvette, since sold.
I have a 30-year old leather jacket, off the rack, that is just a bundle of
compromises. But it is leather. I have long coveted a quality leather
jacket, real fleece lined, but could not rationalize the cost with an
imperfect fit. Last year I just decided to do some research on the subject.
Over the course of months I used the internet to educate myself and
concluded that I was ready. Just like a Rolex watch, I concluded that Lost
Worlds was the only acceptable provider of the kind of jacket I desired. I
read your pages over and over. But perhaps I am too desensitized to
marketing verbiage on internet sites. While I appreciated your blunt and
honest statements about fit and quality, I think my long-standing
expectations from off-the-rack outerwear tainted my understanding. As above,
I had worn custom fit clothing for decades, but my casual jackets were
always an off-the-rack Medium. I contacted you about a purchase and we
discussed my size and the ordering process. You recommended a 38S and even
asked my sleeve length...wonderful. You also advised me that put the
purchase into the special order category, with no refund allowed. But I was
captivated by the idea of a jacket that would actually fit me properly and
ignored any concerns about return. After all, I had worn a 38S for 50 years!
I had to weather an excruciating delay because of your holiday shutdown, but
the jacket finally arrived! I opened the box and the quality of the
craftsmanship was intoxicating...absolutely gorgeous in every respect. Then,
I put on the jacket. Horror! I could barely zip it up, I almost could not
bend over enough to even see the zipper bottom. When I did get it zipped up,
I felt like I was in a straight jacket. I went back to your website and
reread all of your admonitions about size and fit. I was reminded that it
was not built to fit like a loose blouse and it was not intended to need to
wear sweaters or other bulky clothing underneath. It was supposed to fit
like a tailored shirt or suit coat. I could envision that it might just
fulfill that objective if I could break in the leather. So, I started
wearing the jacket as often as I went outside and inbetween I rolled the
sleeves and the jacket to limber up the stiff leather. I can now say that
after just two weeks, I can wear the jacket the way it was intended and I
truly appreciate the fit, and of course the craftsmanship. As promised the
jacket is truly warm and fits best just worn over a regular shirt. It really
does fit like a custom-tailored article of clothing and my doubts have
evaporated. At this point, I only feel satisfaction in purchasing the jacket
I have wanted for a long time. It will clearly outlast me. Thank you very
much for your design and fabrication."
TRENT WOODS NC
"I received the ANJ-4. It is an incredible piece of work. I am
"Thank you Stuart, I am beyond pleased with
my ANJ-4. This beast must be witnessed in person. There is no photograph
that can depict the excellence of this timeless
and true to spec piece. A true heirloom for my family to own for
generations. This thing is a beast! Even when the collar is inches from my
neck, I can still feel the heat permeating from it. Incredible. Thank you."