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Vintage Belstaff waxed jacket -- is it worth it?


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Feb 8, 2019
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Hi all,

I've been thinking about buying a durable waxed jacket for some time now. What stopped me from buying a new one was the prohibitive price, but there were other reasons involved. Generally I did not have much luck finding a used one in my neck of the woods (Serbia), but yesterday I found a seller online, who was offering a used Belstaff waxed jacket for $100. Seeing that the jacket is S, which is not only the right size for me but also a size which is rare to find here, I jumped at the opportunity and contacted him immediatelly. Not being lazy, I decided to meet up with him to see for myself what he's offering. My biggest fear was that the jacket is counterfeit, which I would not be able to determine for the lack of knowledge about Belstaff products. Now, after seeing it for myself, I suppose that question is off the table since the jacket is so old that I don't think any counterfeit product would last as much. The jacket in question is a Trialmaster Professional, which I identified as a 70s model based on a very brief Google search. It also looks as if it was consistently worn since then, although I cannot say for sure since the seller bought it from someone else. Although there are no tears on neither the canvas nor the lining, the shell has minor scuffs all over, there's slight fraying at some seams etc. The corduroy collar and especially the lining have a slight fade to them, with the lining also aquiring a tint of yellow. There was also a stale smell present.

My question is, should such a vintage jacket be in better condition to deserve such a price? I thought of cleaning it myself, but honestly speaking I don't trust myself that much when it comes to this. Bigger question: how much wear could I expect from it, since it was already worn for decades?

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