- Authentic brown lambskin leather.
- 919 (Chris King/80's/thinner) pattern.
- Cotton Silesia lining / body and sleeves.
- 5 gauge aluminum zipper with small zipper pull that extends to the bottom of the jacket.
5. Leather facing
- NO leather facing on the zipper.
6. Storm Flap
- 1.5 inches (3.8cm) width; ROUNDED top corner.
7. Collar stand
- Leather collar stand.
- 2.75 inches (7cm)on the tips, tapering down to 2.5 inches (6.4cm). The left collar should also extend to the midway point of the top of the storm flap, or .75 inches (1.9cm) from the edge of the flap.
9. Right Pocket
- 1.5 inches (3.8cm) from the zipper seam (edge of jacket).
2 inches (5.1cm) from bottom.
Width of pocket: 6.25 inches (16cm).
Length of pocket (including pocket flap) :7.5 inches. (19.1cm).
Scalloped pocket flap.
&nbs p; Pocket flap length in middle o f flap, 2.75" (7cm)
Aluminum or nickel snap.
10. Left Pocket
- 1 inch (2.5cm) from storm flap.
2 inches (5.1cm) from bottom.
Width of pocket: 6.25 inches (16cm).
Length of pocket(including pocket flap) :7.5 inches. (19.1cm).
&nb sp; Scalloped pocket flap.
&nbs p; Pocket flap length in middle of flap, 2.75" (7cm)
Aluminum or nickel snap.
11. Side Strap
- Legnth : 8.75 inches (22.3cm)
Width : 1 inch (2.5cm)
Side straps sewn with X pattern AND box pattern, double stitched.
12. Side strap buckles
- BLACK OR GUNMETAL rectangular 2 piece rings.
13. Side vent stitch
- NO stitch holding the side vents closed.
14. Pleat depth
- 1.25 inches (3.2cm).
15. Yoke seam
- The arm seam should be 1 inch (2.5cm) BELOW the yoke seam.
16. Back panel
- The back panel should extend all the way out to the sleeve seam.
17. Inside pocket
- Left side, slit (less leather) pocket.
18. Underarm Gussets
- 1 piece (small) underarm gussets, or no gussets at all.
We'll start with this pic.
You can plainly see how scalloped the pockets are and you can make out the one-piece underarm gusset as well. Also, you can notice the inside slit pocket very well. Two types of inside pockets can be ordered. You can request an inside pocket with piping or a simple, slit pocket as it is in the film ans as seen in the pics. When ordering you need to make sure you are specific in your request that the inside pocket only be on the left side and a slit pocket with less leather. You can also notice the inside-left slit pocket in the pic below as well as the well roundness of the top of the storm flap.
I noticed two distinct types of cuts on the top, outer edge the of storm flap on the Raiders jacket, rounded and pointed. Wested only makes the top of the storm flap pointed unless you specifically ask them to round it off as it is on some of the film jackets. Even then, they hardly round it enough.
Notice below in all the pics how close the collar is to the outer edge of the storm flap. Wested will end the collar at the storm flaps inner seam if you do not ask them to do it the way it is in the pics below. The collar should extend out to the halfway point (.75") of the width of the top of the storm flap as seen in the pics.
ROUNDED STORM FLAP TOP
SQUARED-OFF STORM FLAP TOP
The collar on the Raiders jacket also varies in that the collar tips are different from jacket to jacket and on individual jackets as well.
The main "hero" jacket displays a pointed right collar tip and a more rounded left collar tip.
The other jackets collar tips seem to exude more continuity as they both appear equally as rounded.
Here are some pics of the underside of the collar.
Nothing is known publically about the circumfrence of the sleeves on the Raiders jacket but they appear to be relatively untappered and if so only slightly. They do seem to be cut well into the armpit for a tighter fit. The pic below shows the sleeve stretched out.
The pockets are pretty much the same throughout the film. Notice the scalloping of the pocket flaps. Here are some examples.
The pic below clearly shows the distance between the pocket and storm flap seam (1") and the pocket and the bottom of the jacket (2").
The pic below shows the aluminum hardware on the pockets.
Below you can easily see how the yoke seam is placed above the arm seam and how the back panel extends all the way to the arm seam. Also notice the very narrow action pleat. On the note of action pleats, there seemed to be varrying sizes of pleats throughout the film. You can see this by doing very basic measurements right off the screen. The seem to vary between 1.25" and 1.5". You can get a good look at the pockets as well.
The yoke on the Raiders jacket is smaller than the other 4 films. You can see below how close the shoulder seam and yoke seam are in relation to one another. This brings the pleats up much higher.
Below again you can see how the back panel extends to all the way to the arm seam as well as a good comparison of the width relation between the pleat and the side strap. This is also the prime examples of the X-Box pattern on the back of the side strap.
The next pic shows a decent look at the side strap with the X-Box stitch on the front of the strap.
The next several images are as decent pics of the straps that are available.
Although not all the above photos are crystal clear, you can definitely make out the rectangular shape of the side strap buckles. Many over the years have argued that D-rings were also used but I can find NO evidence to support this. On top of that, the screen used stunt jacket that turned up had rectangular rings on them.
Below is the closest (yet blurry) view of the side strap buckles. You can see that even thought the side strap is not fully closed that there is still a decent amount of leather left hanging out. This is the reason for the longer than standard length for the strap itself. We also believe that in the film the strap was turned in on itself to increase the strength of the mechanism. You can also slightly see the underarm gusset in this pic.
Below are the a couple more pics of the underarm gussets used on the film jackets. Some of the jackets did NOT have gussets, but since some did and some didn't, both versions would be screen accurate. One thing is certain to me is that it was NOT a two piece gusset, but a very small and thin, one piece as you can see below.
The top of the next three pics shows the zipper going down the entire length of the jacket, all the way to the bottom seam. Many of the vendors will not do this, including G&B and U.S.Wings. They have the zipper ending one-two inched from the bottom. The second and third pics below show both colors of zipper used in the film.
The next two pics are of the zipper pull. All I can say about it is that the one on my Westeds is appears slightly bigger than this one. It was also said for years that the original zipper was an 8-gauge zip but both of my Westeds appear again, to have the teeth being too large. I had a jacket installed with a 5-gauge zip which is what Peter uses for the cotton Wested and it was much, much better than the 8-gauge in terms of screen accuracy.
The next two pics demonstrate very well what the length of the jacket should be. Your pants should be pulled up right around the middle of the side pockets in the front and right around the midpoint of the back pockets as well. Wested does a great job at making this happen when you give them accurate height measurements. If you're slightly overweight or more (be honest
) you may want to add an extra inch or more to the front of the jacket to prevent it from riding up. This has come up in the past and the extra inches added to the front have been the solution.
- The authentic brown was made available after the Wested jacket had been on the market for some time. Peter located the original color to source out what we now know as Authentic Brown. The leather used to be processed in a different way and as you can notice from pics, is quite a bit more grainy than what is currently available. For screen accuracy, I feel you need the thinnest and grainiest leather Wested can source. Many people comment on how light it looks comparred to what we see on the screen, but if you distress is properly, you can achieve the look as if Harrison Ford himself handed you his hero jacket.
- The original patterns that were used by Leather Concessionaries to make the original Raiders of the Lost Ark jacket were referred to as the '919' pattern and were tailored to fit Fords thin frame. When Leather Concessionaries later formed Wested and began making the Indy jacket they loosened up the size of the coat so that it could fit a wider range of customers. It wasn't until Chris King discovered this in a conversation with Wested and asked for this pattern to be used on his jacket in August, 2002. Wested now offers both the standard and 919, or what is sometimes called the 'Chris King' or '80's fit' pattern.
- Peter has stated that the entire Raiders jacket was lined with Cotton Silesia but over the years Wested began using satin as an alternative. Customers found that sometimes their arms would get hung up on the cotton in the sleeves and that the satin let the arms slide through with ease. Although not screen accurate, a cotton body with satin sleeves has become the norm.
- The original zipper was made from aluminum and broke easily. It was also rumored that the original jackets were supposed to be brass but when aluminum was accidentally installed, a brass paint was used which quickly wore off showing the aluminum underneath. Both colored zippers can be seen in the film.
Wested began using an 8-gauge nickel zipper to get the silver color and did not extend the zipper all the way to the bottom of the jacket as it was in the film. The reason for this is if you move the zipper up a few inches from the bottom as they did, it would reduce stress and lessen the result of tearing the leather. Although the moved up zipper placement is standard, Wested will take both requests. They do not however, still use the nickel zipper. At some point there was a problem with them and they now only use brass. I always thought the 8-gauge zipper teeth looked too thick when compared what was seen on the screen and when Wested began production of the cotton Indy jacket they used a 5-gauge zipper, which has smaller teeth and to my eye is more screen accurate. In the end if you want the real deal you want 5-gauge aluminum, but you'll have to buy it yourself and send it to Wested to have them install it. God Bless them for allowing us to do so. :tup:
5. Leather Facing
- The original jacket had no leather facing along the zipper track. This is one thing that lead to the characteristic of the wavy zipper we see on the jacket in the film. Early on Wested began adding a leather facing along the zipper track because some customers complained they kept getting their zippers stuck on the lining, which was the best and smartest decision from a technical standpoint. Although the change to add the facing was considered standard, Wested would continue to take requests to leave it off.
6. Storm Flap
- From years of combined research and from what Wested attested to, the width of the s torm flap has always been 1.5". One thing Wested will only do as a request is to round off the top corner of storm flap as it looked in the film on at least one of Fords hero jackets. The standard is a more squared corner, which from a professional point of view, is probably more correct.
7. Collar Stand
- The original jacket most worn thoroughout the film clearly had a leather collar stand. There were some stunt jackets that definitely had a cotton collar stand but I can find no evidence that any of the hero jackets did.
- One early complaint of the Wested was the collar. Many thought it too big, sometimes over a width of 3". You can request any size collar you like but from our collected research a size of 2.75" at the tips rounding off to 2.5" looks better on a standard sized frame. If you are a larger person you may want to go with a 3" collar or maybe slighty larger. If the rest of the jacket gets sized up the collar should to to be kept in perspective. Another important screen accurate spec that is only done by request is to make sure the left collar extends to the midpoint of the top of the storm flap as seen in the film. As standard, Wested keeps the collar fairly flush with the storm flap seam so you have to ask if you want it as it was on the original jacket.
- In 2002, Wested began using a standard pocket size of 8.25" by 6.75" based off of vhs caps from a customer. I've found that on an average frame these specs are much too big. At 5'10", I asked that my pockets be at a size of 7.5" by 6.25" and that seems to make a big difference. If you are over 6' tall you should most likely go with the standard pocket size Wested offers so that they are in proper perspective with a larger sized jacket. There are also more and less scalloped pocket flaps in the film, so thats all up to personal preference.
10. Side Strap
- The original Wested strap was at a good, long length and at some point a change in the side strap hardware reduced the length of the strap. Based on years of collected research the width of the strap is considered to be 1'. Since the strap is barely seen on film and when it is it's never loose, we don't know the exact length. Later on after the discovery of the rectangular black buckles I moved the length of the strap on my jacket back to the original, 8.75" standard size length Wested made them at. Another thing to note is that with the way the side strap is configured it will face forward when put through the buckles. In order for it to be as we think it was on the film jacket was to take the leftover strap and force it back through the back buckle, thus leaving the strap facing backwards. That reinforcement makes it much tighter and much less likely to come loose.
11. Side Strap Buckle
- Based on info from a screen used stunt jacket and the caps from the dvd's, it was evident that the side strap hardware were four (2 on each side) black or gunmetal gray rectangular buckles. The stunt jacket also had silver buckles painted black. That's all up to you to do that.
12. Side Vent Stitch
- The side vents on the original Raiders jacket open up with ease which is one of the telling characteristics of that jacket. At some point (maybe from the start) and most likely for technical reasons, Wested began putting a stitch at the top of the vent to help keep them closed. If you want the vent to open as it did in the film, ask that they NOT stitch the side vent up.
13. Pleat Depth
- The orignal pleat depth of the Raiders jacket was shallow. Because the jackets used in the film were brand new the pleats stayed flat. When you wear a Wested for a while, some of the pleats start to become slightly wavy. This caused Wested to deepen the pleat depth up to 3" and later adding elastic under the lining to help keep the pleats closed. I've found that there were different sizes of pleat depths on the original jacket but the two you would want to stick with are 1.25" or 1.5", which is what my original Raiders jacket made in 1999 had and they reflect the look of the original jacket well.
14. Yoke Seam
- The original jackets had the yoke seam around 1" above the arm seam as can be seen in many frames of the film. The yoke are in general appears to be smaller than in the sequel jackets but Wested will not make the yoke smaller as they've been asked to do so several times. If I recall, it had something to do with modifying the existing pattern. This would also extend the length of the back panel as well, but instead I believe what Wested does is move the arm seam down so that it is below the yoke seam and gives it the look as in the film.
15. Back Panel
- You can clearly see in any frame of Raiders where the back of the jacket is exposed that the back panel ends right at the arm seam. Early Wested jackets had the back panel ending 1" off of the arm seam, which actually helped keep the action pleats flatter. But, it didn't take long before fans asked that their jackets now come with the back panel extending all the way to the arm seam, or as close as possible, just as can be seen plainly in the film.
16. Inside Pocket
- We know for a fact that there was only one, left, inside 'slit' pocket in the original Raiders jacket with a very minimal facing. At some point Wested started adding more than just the small slit of leather and added a much larger facing, which effected the drape of the jacket. Wested still does both versions of the inside pocket and you can have more than one, but you must specify exactly what you want at the time of ordering.
17. Underarm Gussets
- Some of the original Raiders jackets had underarm gussets and some didn't. I assume some of this was determined by whatever scene was being filmed and what they needed the jacket to be able to do for any particular scene, such as stunts. I can only find evidence of a 1-piece gusset being used as can be seen in the film, but some have requested a 2-piece gusset which Wested will accomodate. However, if it's film accuracy you're interested in then a small, 1-piece gusset or no gusset will do.