1930s “Wear Well Clothes” Overcoat

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This vintage overcoat was made in the 1930s by “Wear Well Clothes”  It is a classic double breasted style, with sharp peak lapels, and a 4×6 buttoning. It has a pleated and belted back, and a nicely tailored nipped waist. Functional breast pocket. It is half lined.  The coat is in very condition- a bit of fraying to the label, and some light overall wear. It is a heavy navy blue wool. The 44″ chest means it should fit a 36, 38 or 40, depending on the layering underneath.

Chest: 22″ (doubled = 44″)
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 25-1/2″
 Shoulder to Shoulder: 18″
Length (collar to hem): 48″

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Monarch leather jacket

This vintage leather jacket was made by the Monarch company, a legendary leather jacket company of the golden era, who held an A-2 contract during the war.  This is an aviator / motorcycle style, with an asymmetrical front zip , two flapped pockets, and two map pockets.  It has epaulettes, belted sleeve cuffs, and a bi-swing half-belted back.  The main zip is a triple marked sunburst Talon. The tab on the male side (the side without the puller) is missing.  It’s still zip-able, but it takes a little bit to get the teeth to mesh initially.  The chain zippers on the two map pockets are also talons. There are two ventilation grommets under each arm.  The jacket is made of colt leather, a type of horsehide.  There is damage to the cuffs, and cracking to the collar.  The left shoulder has some flaking and the lining has wear and some moth damage.  This jacket has been worn and has acquired a fantastic patina over the years.
Chest: 22″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 25″
Shoulder to Shoulder: 18″
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1930s Armorknit overcoat

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This vintage overcoat was made in the 1930s by Armorknit and was sold by Kennedy’s under their “Club Clothes” Label.  It is marked a size 40, but has a 52″ chest measurement, placing it squarely in larger territory. It has a 1936 union tag, which places its date of manufacture between 1936 and 1939.  It has wide notch lapels, raglan shoulders, and button cuffs.  There is a chew on the hem near the corner, and some staining to the lining near the label. This is some of the weightiest overcoat material I’ve felt- it really lives up to the “Armorknit” name.
Chest: 26″Length: 47″Center to Cuff: 36″
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Granite Cloth 1940s Single Breasted Peak Lapel Suit jacket

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This vintage suit jacket was made in the 1940s.  It has wide peak lapels and a two button front.  At some point, a third button was added, which does not match.  There  is significant fraying to the hem, wear to the cuffs, and repairwork to the lining.
 Chest: 22″
Sleeve: 25″
Shoulders: 18″
Length: 31″

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Gold Lame Hollywood Jacket

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This vintage two tone jacket has a gold metalic brocade panel front, and black sleeves, trim, and back.  With the asian print lining, it’s safe to say it’s a Hong Kong tailored job.  It buttons all the way up the front, to the neck, so it can be worn with a standard suit jacket look, or a nehru look.  It’s a great early rock and roll stagewear look. There is wear to the metallic thread, and some staining to the front- see pics.
Chest: 21″
Sleeve: 24″
Shoulder to Shoulder: 17″
Length: 30″
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1930s Alpaca Overcoat J.C. Penney Co.

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This vintage overcoat was made for the J.C. Penney Co. in the 1930s.  It is an elegant double breasted style, with a six button front.  The lapels are razor sharp, and sport keyhole buttonholes.  The coat has flapped patch pockets and a belted back.  It is half lined. If worn without a jacket, this coat would measure a 42, if worn with, it is in the 38-40 territory.  Despite being in the territory of 80 years old, the coat is in very good shape.  The fabric has the distinctive nap of an alpaca wool blend, extremely popular on nicer overcoats of the day.
Chest: 23″ (doubled = 46″)
Sleeve: 25-1/2″
Length: 51″
Shoulder to Shoulder: 17″
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1930s men’s alpaca overcoat

This vintage coat was made in the 1930s and was sold by Aune and Thune of Redwood Falls, MN.  It is made from an alpaca and wool blend, in an unusual stone green color.  The coat is not in the best of shape, with a lot of wear wear to the top buttonhole and surrounding fabric, and moth damage to the surface of the fabric, particularly near the bottom hem.  The manufacturer’s label also shows heavy wear.  The coat is a classic six buttoned double breasted cut.  It has cuffed sleeves, contrast caramel colored buttons, and a belted back.   Chest: 22″ Sleeve (center to cuff): 33″ Length (collar to hem): 48″    Photobucket

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Rubins Halifax overcoat

From the days back when Gottingen street used to be the place to go.
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This vintage overcoat was made of “Algora” fabric and sold by Rubin’s of 65 Gottingen Street, Halifax Nova Scotia.  While marked “Algora” (presumably a mixture of wool, alpaca, and angora), it feels like a pretty straight ahead wool.  The thread color on the top button is different than the other two, but otherwise, the coat is in great shape.
 

Chest: 23″

Shoulder to Shoulder: 18″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 25″
Length (Collar to Hem): 48″

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Alpaca Lined mouton collared 1940s work jacket

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This vintage short overcoat was sold by the BR Baker Company of Cleveland.  It is made of a fine cotton cord material (Bedford Cord?).  It is fully alpaca lined, in both the body and sleeves.  There are knit storm cuffs.  The coat has a mouton collar, though it feels like the back part has stiffened somewhat.  There are beltloops, but the belt is missing.  The coat has contrast caramel colored buttons and a plain back.  The collar is zig zag stitched.  The coat has seen a good bit of work in its day and has many worn spots and period repairs.  There is a silk or rayon patch inside, where material was removed at some point to patch the elbow.  It is a young man’s style, marked a size 18.  Many of these young men’s styles crossed over into workwear territory. The styling is very similar to its cousin, the shawl collar mackinaw. The coat has flapped pockets, and handwarmer pockets with triangular end reinforcements.
Chest (pit to pit): 22″ (doubled = 44″ = size 40)Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 22-1/2″Shoulder to Shoulder: 18-1/2″Length (collar to hem):  34-1/2″
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Two Tone Gabardine Hollywood Jacket

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This vintage hollywood jacket has a brown gabardine body and a lighter brown tweed back and sleeves.  It has a three button front, patch pockets, and two buttons on each sleeve.  It is fully lined. It is missing the bottom button, and the manufacturer’s label, but it is otherwise in excellent condition.  Very Howard Hughes.
Chest: 20-1/2″ (doubled = 41″)
Shoulder to Shoulder: 17″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 24″
Length: 31-1/2″

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