Originally Posted by taiAtari
Nice write-up. The actual mix of the vintage jackets is very interesting. Nigel is wrong though (or the interviewer made a mistake) in calling the top part a British Naval jacket. It´s clearly a US Navy ´Parka, wet weather, spec 288b´. I have one of those and a cameraman, if people are interested I could take some photographs tonight comparing details.
Some great posts regarding the Cameraman
This is really interesting and we need more contribution here but if you look at the video it is the US Navy wet weather smock spec 288b just as you say, folded laying on top of a field coat.
Nigel mentions in the interview that he used photographs of his archival garments to piece the jacket together which in 2003 predated the exhibition which was in 2009 - he might not have used the same jackets - it could have been a British smock which had similar, button or tie fastenings with just the clips used off the US coat - I guess we might never know.
This is the smock shown in the exhibition - US Navy 288b
here it is in the case from the 2009 exhibition (6 years after the design or the first release of the Cameraman)
The 'male' prong is the same as the Cameraman but the 'female' part is different to the ladder type part used on the Cameraman
Where the ladder type design comes from I don't know - it haven't seen this on any vintage garments. It may be an original NC design - does anyone know ?
Interestingly there are photos of Wilfrid Noyce wearing the British equivalent smock which in the 30's, 40's and 50's had string ties for the army version or in one photo the unusual 5 button throat fastening on the Naval equivalent both of which Nigel Cabourn has recreated in past seasons.
Not that Nigel has ever said that the Cameraman is a replica of a garment Wilfrid Noyce wore - it has always been inspired from various photos and his talent as one of England's greatest climbers and the first to get to the South Col in the 1953 expedition.
Edited by Eric Gill Sans - 3/4/13 at 10:15am