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Irvin jacket restoration

March 5 2006 at 7:36 PM
Bob Campbell  (Login rkcampbell)
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Hi Gang,

Just a quick question (that will no doubt open a huge can of worms):

I received a wonderful Irvin that unfortunately had to be drycleaned due to the way it was stored (covered in mold in a wet basement).

After the cleaning process, the wool was amazing, retaining it's wonderful lustre and quality. Sadly, the leather suffered and much of the 'top coat' was lost. It now resembles a seude jacket with speckling bits of the original leather still visible.

Should I give up on this otherwise original (down to the zipper pulls and straps) jacket, or should I attempt a restoration? Can I dye the leather to make it look uniform? Is there a process that will recreate the top leather coat?

Any and all advice appreciated.

Bob Campbell

Fort Rodd Hill & Fisgard Lighthouse, National Historic Sites of Canada
Parks Canada

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