11.11.10

Frank's Leather Jacket (Research)

These screen caps show off quite a few patches. I replicate many of these patches for sale. I offer a non-swastika version of the eagle on his left sleeve (contact me for purchase).

This jacket style has been reproduced by the original manufacturer - Lewis Leathers - they are known for their red quilted lining.  Look for the Plainsman, Style #393.  The fringe will need to be removed from the front and back (as Frank''s was).

I have detailed the list of patches below (to the best of my knowledge, though I always welcome additional info).  As for the mystery patch below the flag. I personally believe this is where a patch used to be and either left behind a residue or damaged the leather. If you study the Mick Rock photos, you can tell several of the patches are partially peeling off the sleeves. With the detail of the BluRay on a 4k screen there is still only a blurry smudge of a design when you can clearly see the adjacent patches in clear detail.




Patch: Royal Enfield
Placement: Top of left sleeve
Details: Red and metallic gold. Black border.

Patch: 59
Placement: 2nd from top of left sleeve
Details: Frank's looks silk-screened to me. You can buy an embroidered 59 patch for £5 if you join the 59 club (membership is £18/year).  

Patch: Tri-BSA
Placement: 3rd from top of left sleeve
Details: Metallic gold, royal blue embroidery on black rectangle.

Patch: Triton
Placement: 4th from top of left sleeve
Details: Metallic gold thread, black felt circle

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Patch: Honda
Placement: 2nd from bottom of left sleeve
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Patch: Gold Eagle
Placement: Bottom of left sleeve
Details: I'm fairly certain this is gold, but I'm not certain it is metallic. It may be, and just be dingy with age.

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Patch: BMW
Placement: Top of right sleeve
Details: Should have metallic gold thread.

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Patch: 59
Placement: 2nd from top of right sleeve
Details59 patch is £5 if you join the 59 club (membership is £18/year).  

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Patch: Royal Enfield
Placement: 3rd from top of right sleeve
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Patch: Hell's Angels
Placement: 4th from top of right sleeve
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Patch: Skull & Crossbones
Placement: 2nd from bottom of right sleeve
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Patch: White Eagle
Placement: Bottom of right sleeve
Details: Probably a nazi patch (see my research). Very dingy.

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Patch: Tiger
Placement: Top of back
Details: I have never seen this for sale.

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Patch: Triumph
Placement: Below the Tiger
Details: Easy to find on eBay (also check eBay UK)

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Patch: Mystery Patch
Placement: Below the flag
Details: Personally, I believe this is where a patch used to be and either left behind a residue or damaged the leather. If you study the Mick Rock photos, you can tell several of the patches are partially peeling off the sleeves. With the detail of the BluRay on a 4k screen there is still only a blurry smudge of a design when you can clearly read the adjacent patches.

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Patch: Sylvester
Placement: Lower left back
Details: Easy to find on eBay or Etsy

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Patch: Matchless
Placement: Lower middle back, 2nd from bottom
Details: Newer versions have a gold, cut-out border. Frank's is on a rectangular black field (presumably felt like many of the others).

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Patch: Moto Ducati
Placement: Bottom of middle back
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Patch: Road Runner
Placement: Right middle of back
Details: Easy to find online. Should have a red border around the edge; look at 1:00:59 marker in the film (thanks Dan!)

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Patch: Rock-n-Roll Club Special
Placement: Lower right of back
Details: This is probably silk-screened and not embroidered. I have never seen one for sale.


6 comments:

  1. that patch under neath the flag is really irritating me i have managed to source & ID every other patch on his jacket except that one!!

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  2. Someone suggested to me that it was where a patch perhaps came off, and it's the glue remnants - which explains the single-color crescent-blob shape. I actually have something designed for that space (non-SA) to debut at the 4.7.11 con. It's kinda silly :)

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    1. It looks like a Robot face, I think it is Bibendum better known as the Michelin Man.The Michelin company made bicycle tyres first which is why he is white,they added asphalt later when they made tyres for cars and motorcycles,this made the rubber black,there is also either a 2 or a 3 at the top centre of the patch.I have been trying to figure this out for 34 years one of the cast members years ago thought it might be an eight ball on its side,these are only two of what I imagine are thousands of guess's.Take another look and see what you think.

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    2. Even on the Blu-ray it's lacking definition when the patch below it is crystal clear. I'm still inclined to think it was the remnants of something ripped off - and some of his other patches are only partially attached. It might have been something inappropriate for the film - they removed the Mao badge on the front, not sure if it was because of it's reflective nature or it's content. Most of Frank's other clothes have holes and rips as well, so it's not out of context for something to be ripped off and/or damaged.

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    3. That being said, anything's possible of course! I think it's just a great opportunity to personalize your own jacket. At the 4.7.11 con I sold "Ron Maxwell Approved" patches that were of an appropriate size to use there. :)

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