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    Polish leopard spot

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    Re: Polish leopard spot

    Post by tlundberg1 on Fri Feb 12, 2016 8:24 pm

    Very hard to find - great acquisition!
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    Re: Polish leopard spot

    Post by CollectinSteve on Sun Feb 14, 2016 3:30 am

    That looks like a commercial item, but no matter... anything made in that cloth is super hard to come by.

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    Re: Polish leopard spot

    Post by CollectinSteve on Wed Feb 14, 2018 2:33 am

    Here's pictures of my new Leopard acquisition. You can see the pockets are pleated vs. the flat pockets of the pic that started this thread. It also has arm pockets, which the other one does not. As far as I know only this parka and a long jacket were trialed. The parka is the only one I am familiar with MartinD informed me about the other one) so I can't speak to what features it might have.

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    Re: Polish leopard spot

    Post by tlundberg1 on Fri Feb 16, 2018 12:03 am

    Here is mine.  The collar has been cut down (expertly done, looks like by a tailor).  It has the pleated pockets, like Steve's.

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    Re: Polish leopard spot

    Post by CollectinSteve on Fri Feb 16, 2018 12:24 am

    Neat! Looks like someone wanted to turn it into a tunic instead of a parka. Are the flaps for liner buttons still intact, or were those sliced out and repaired?

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    Re: Polish leopard spot

    Post by tlundberg1 on Sat Feb 17, 2018 12:06 pm

    I'm not sure.  The inside has a large "pocket" in the liner, as you can make out in the photo below.


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    Re: Polish leopard spot

    Post by CollectinSteve on Sat Feb 17, 2018 12:38 pm

    Yup! Everything is as it should be, except for the nicely done collar modification. I'm curious what the front closure buttons look like as mine seem to be a mix of original and replacement, but I'm not sure which is which!

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    Re: Polish leopard spot

    Post by tlundberg1 on Sat Feb 17, 2018 1:48 pm

    Here you go!  All the buttons are like this.
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    Re: Polish leopard spot

    Post by CollectinSteve on Sat Feb 17, 2018 2:24 pm

    Excellent! Standard bakelite military buttons. How about for the small pocket ones? Those also crested?

    Thanks!!

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    Re: Polish leopard spot

    Post by tlundberg1 on Sun Feb 18, 2018 11:56 am

    They are not crested and are much smaller.
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    Re: Polish leopard spot

    Post by CollectinSteve on Sun Feb 18, 2018 1:17 pm

    tlundberg1 wrote:They are not crested and are much smaller.

    Excellent, that makes a lot of sense. On mine all the buttons for all the pockets are the same (or nearly the same) as the ones on the liner. They appear to be original. I also couldn't see the small crested buttons working for the pockets, so thanks for the confirmation.

    Just to double check... since your jacket was modified, does it look like your crested buttons are original factory sewn or can you see clear signs that they were hand sewn on? It suddenly occurred to me that it's possible neither of us have original buttons for the front Wink

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    Re: Polish leopard spot

    Post by tlundberg1 on Sun Feb 18, 2018 2:30 pm

    Best that I can tell, they look to be factory sewn.
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    Re: Polish leopard spot

    Post by CollectinSteve on Sun Feb 18, 2018 2:58 pm

    Awesome! Thanks for the follow up. That is the clincher for me. I should have some crested buttons coming to me shortly Smile

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    Re: Polish leopard spot

    Post by Martin on Fri Feb 23, 2018 1:16 pm

    I'm pretty sure the buttons should be as in other airborne jackets of the 1970s time, larger brown dish type:
    http://camouniforms.net/index.php/eastern-europe/poland/wz68-green-moro/wz68-army-green-moro/airborne-uniforms/341-2013-01-01-18-08-37
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    Re: Polish leopard spot

    Post by CollectinSteve on Fri Feb 23, 2018 1:52 pm

    Thanks for bumping this. Yes, I've been meaning to post an update but keep forgetting to take some pictures of my buttons. In consultation with a Polish friend who has pictures of a friend's coat, it's clear that the crested buttons are not correct. However, it doesn't use the standard brown dish type like Martin pointed to. The buttons we've confirmed as original are very civilian looking, but this is true for the small ones for the pockets and the ones for the liner. I'll try to get a picture up this weekend.

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    Re: Polish leopard spot

    Post by Martin on Sat Feb 24, 2018 9:29 am

    I can check mine when I find it - it has all the original buttons...
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    Re: Polish leopard spot

    Post by CollectinSteve on Sat Mar 24, 2018 7:42 pm

    Long overdue pictures of what appears to be the original buttons for the Leopard parka.

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