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POV on patches?

Gail or Wolverine (you seem to know your stuff)-

What is your take on applying vintage patches on vintage jackets. does it hurt the value of a coat even If done right? There are some great old jacket's featured in your Anniversary book (highly recommend) so, in those cases, it seems to have added alure to the coat. Thoughts?

Gail on 06/28/13 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 Some collectors want the original jacket as it was originally made, other buyers will purchase an embellished jacket for it uniqueness.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

Steffan1 on 06/28/13 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!


Goggles on 07/02/13 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.

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