1950s Buco J-24 horsehide leather motorcycle jacket

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This vintage jacket was made in the early 1950s in Detroit, Michigan by the Joseph Buegeleisen Company (Buco) out of horsehide. It is their J-24 D-Pocket model motorcycle jacket. From the style of stop box on the main zipper, with its wide ribs, but without the Talon name, this one was made between about 1952 and 1957. The jacket has a D-pocket map pocket with a rounded cornered cigarette pocket. It has zipped sleeves, snapped lapels, snapped belt loops for an external belt, bars on the epaulettes, zippered side storage, a handwarmer pocket, and bi-swing shoulders. At some point, it appears the original owner either broke the main zipper or gained weight, and added snaps, which are offset from the original zip position.

Chest (pit to pit): 21″ (doubled = 42″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 18″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 25″
Length (base of collar to hem): 23-1/2″

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Early 1930s cut down Cossack Jacket

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This vintage jacket was made in the early 1930s, probably between about 1930 and 1934. This style, with the plain back, side panels with buckle adjusters, leather waistband and small patch pockets, was one of the first jacket styles to become popular following the invention of the separable bottomed zipper in 1930. The jacket has a buttoned throat latch / chinstrap, and while the zipper is a 1950s Conmar, replacing what would likely have been a double branded Hookless/Talon, the grommets from the original zip are still in place at the waistband.

Chest (pit to pit): 18″ (doubled = 36″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 15″
Length (base of collar to hem): 23-1/2″

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Levis LVC 1933 501XX jeans reproduction review

I bought these Levis LVC 1933 501XX jeans in December of 2012.  They’re made from denim from the Cone Mills and were made in Turkey. A little over two and a half years on, they’re still hanging on, barely.  I’ve worn them pretty hard in that time.  In the wood shop, metal shop, while doing construction, while building architectural models, etc.  So they’ve had a rough life.  That said, they’ve still worn out faster than any other pair of jeans I have owned.  They’ve worn through in the crotch, knees, thighs and seat.  A rivet fell out of the pocket fairly early on, the stitching has come undone on about half of the pocket accurate, and there are many spots worn so thin that I’m sure another round of patches is due before too long.  photo Levis.jpg

Staunton Military Academy overcoat

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This vintage overcoat was made by the Shenandoah Tailoring Company, Inc. of Mt. Sidney, Virginia for a cadet at the Staunton Military Academy of Staunton, Virginia. The school closed in 1976.

Chest (pit to pit): 20″
Shoulder to shoulder: 17-1/2″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 25-1/2″
Length (base of collar to hem): 50″

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