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 Post subject: Re: The "what do you think?" thread.
PostPosted: Sun Nov 19, 2017 9:51 pm 
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...they strip off all the old wax before re-waxing. You don't want multiple layers of wax on your jacket.
Nope. Sponge clean then hot wax rub.

Even the Orvis step-by-step instructions on rewaxing Barbours does not mention stripping old wax, an idea which sounds kind of silly; they are not old flooring.

Technically, Barbour warns that if you do actually strip all of the old wax by machine washing one, it will never take wax after that.
Yes, I just found this web page, which does not say anything about stripping off old wax: http://www.orvis.com/s/guide-to-barbour ... roof/14411

I have read or heard somewhere that Barbor does use heated tables during the waxing process. But I think that's likely a tool to keep the wax from hardening and facilitate wax absorption -- not to strip wax off the jacket itself, as the Orvis sales associates told me.


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I just thrifted two vintage pairs of corduroys. One is BB, the other is J Press. The J Press might be REALLY OLD because the tag only reads New Haven, N.Y and Cambridge. Neither pair appears to have been previously worn.

Both pairs are tagged "dry clean only." Is there any reason why I couldn't turn them inside out and wash on a delicate setting? They're damn nice to begin with and I don't want to mess them up.


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I would assume you'd be fine, but not seeing the cords in question I can't say 100%

The only times I've seen cotton trousers recommended as dry clean only it was because of how the waist was constructed (Hertlings that are available at Press and other places), but I'm not sure how to identify that

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If you're really concerned don't even put them in the washing machine. Just soak them in soapy water and hang dry.

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I would assume you'd be fine, but not seeing the cords in question I can't say 100%

The only times I've seen cotton trousers recommended as dry clean only it was because of how the waist was constructed (Hertlings that are available at Press and other places), but I'm not sure how to identify that
Yes, the waistband construction is what gives me pause.

Here's a photo. The BB cords have a similar waistband construction. They may even be from the same manufacturer. I should've posted this image with my original inquiry:

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^ Those are some of the most beautiful vintage cords I have ever seen.

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And most likely from the heyday of the look based on that label.

Do whatever you can to baby them I say, you'll never get another like those

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Thanks, guys. Dry clean, it is. And only when necessary.


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Get a load of this...

I require, at a minimum, a double-dog dare to wear this in public

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I found this half-Norfolk tweed on eBay a couple weeks ago. It finally showed up earlier this week. It's got all the details you could want with the half-Norfolk style without being too loud. It also features a beautiful range of earth-tone colorways that reads olive from afar.

Moving on to the fit of the jacket and where I'm looking for some guidance from the experts in this group. It's a little big in a few areas but the shoulders are perfect and the collar hugs the bag of my neck nicely. I'm thinking about shortening the sleeves about 0.5"/1" to expose some cuff and taking it in at the waist slightly. I'm on the fence about shortening the jacket by a 0.5"/1". Should I go through with these alterations or pass it on to the next person?

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Here's some detail shots that I'm sure you folks will appreciate. Anybody know how old it is based on the union tags? That's one skill I have yet to master and I'm hoping someone here can help date this thing.

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LeeLo, that looks like the exact same 3/2 Half-Norfolk I own. Same color, same pleated back and pockets. And those jackets don't grow on trees. Its one of the best things I ever thrifted and a favorite "country" tweed. The tag on mine indicates it's a Glenwick made for Crowley's (a defunct Detroit dept. store).

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As for jacket length, it's hard to judge without seeing a full-length shot. It's otherwise difficult for me to tell if it's too long for your upper body (thereby making your legs look short). The rule of thumb, however, is if you can curl your fingers under the hem, then the length should be fine.

The union tag indicates made 1968-76.

Let us know what you decide to do!


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^ Thanks for your input and helping to date the jacket! I'd be lying if I said yours wasn't the inspiration to track it down on eBay. And you're absolutely correct, these don't grow on trees. That's why I'm leaning towards having the work done to get it right. I'll try to get my girlfriend to take a full-length shot so it's easier to gauge the proportions.

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Here are the full-length shots. I think my right shoulder and pleat/vent on the back are doing something funny because the jacket's been folded up in a bag in my freezer while I make up my mind about what to do with it.

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The length looks borderline long to me. If it helps, mine is 30" from the bottom of the collar and there is 1.5" between the lower pocket and the hem (measuring at the pleat).

I'd like to hear what other members think.


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