at 07:14 AM
As with any vintage item in original condition it is always the authentic production of the item. Many jackets owners will embellish a jacket, which does create a one of a kind jacket with their personal make-up. In a resale of a vintage jacket it will always be determined by the buyer. Some collectors want the original jacket as it was originally made, other buyers will purchase an embellished jacket for it uniqueness. Gail
at 11:21 AM
Thank you, Gail for your prompt reply. My intuition about whether to apply patches will have to be sharp. PS: happy 4th of July!
at 12:01 AM
Hope you don't mind my throwing in an opinion based on my experience with flight jackets. But Gail is absolutely right; everything that isn't gold or silver -- jackets, cars, stocks, whatever -- is worth no more and no less than what someone else is willing to pay for it. There are no market values, just value to another. That being said, there are people who want jackets just as they were when they left the factory. And there are people who want jackets "decorated" in with patches that were earned or applied for actual use (i.e., cruise patches, squadron emblems, etc.). And then there are people who want a jacket that has been purchased and "patched out" with patches that represent things they just happen to like. Unless you bought the jacket as an investment, I say put the patches on it that you want and wear the hound out of it. The experiences paint that jacket with may make it very valuable to someone some day.