Posted 6 years ago
This is the earliest USN tour jacket in my collection.
These had their beginnings in the large framed embroidery of the late 19th century that were popular among sailors and documented a tour to the Orient. By the middle of the 20th century, similar eagles and flags were were applied to jumpers and other clothing. The large frameable embroidery waned in popularity.
This jacket is privately tailored of a black denim type material with a blue silk liner. Some of the characteristics of the jacket are taken from the US Navy jumper.
The sailor served aboard the USS Chevalier (DD805). It was made in 1947 while in port in Tsingtao. It has Hong Kong and Shanghai on each sleeve and several renditions of the Chinese Flag.
The front of the jacket has the sailor’s name “Charlie” embroidered above the pocket.