Chambers western belt

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This vintage belt was made in the 1950s by the Chambers belt company of Phoenix, Arizona. It was sold in Banff Canada. The leather is tooled with a zig-zag western pattern, and the buckle has a bucking bronco on a background of cattle brands. The belt is marked a size 38.
Smallest hole: 35″
Largest hole: 39-1/2″

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1930s studded, jeweled western belt

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This vintage leather western belt was made in the 1930s. It is made of a natural colored leather with a geometric (squares over octagons) tooled pattern. It has a double prong garrison style buckle. As was popular with western belts of the period, it is embellished with jewels and studs. It is faintly marked “Genuine Full Grain Cowhide Bridle” on the back. This is a rare example of one of the earlier designs of this style.

Sizing (remember to take measurement over pants)
Length to first set of holes: 30-1/2″
Length to last set of holes: 33-1/2″
Belt Width: 1-3/4″

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1940s studded, jeweled western belt

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This vintage leather western belt was made in the 1940s. It is made of brown leather with a floral tooled pattern. It has a double prong garrison style buckle. As was popular with western belts of the period, it is embellished with jewels and studs. It is marked “Yellowstone Park” on the back. Was it sold there as a souvenir of the west, or was that a brand name? Whatever the case, it didn’t go far, spending the rest of its life up to this point in Montana.

Sizing (remember to take measurement over pants)
Length to first set of holes: 32″
Length to last set of holes: 34-1/2″
Belt Width: 1-3/8″

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1950s Jeweled Studded Belt

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This vintage studded jeweled belt was made in the 1950s from Pennant Steerhide. It has an embossed floral pattern, red, blue, amber and green jewels, a western “good luck” horsehshoe and cloverleaf buckle, retainer and end. It measures 29-1/2″ at the smallest hole and 33″ at the largest. This would probably fit someone who wears size 30 pants the best.

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Deadstock mid 1930s Talon Fantail Zippers

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This rare vintage zipper was produced by Talon from the early to mid 1930s. In their advertising, this style was the style 110, while the slightly larger version was known as the style 109. The last photo shows a 110 and a 109 side by side for size comparison purposes. It is a pin lock style, with D-shaped stops at the top. According to original advertisements, these were sold with white cotton tape so that they could be dyed to match. These are a closed end, open top style, perfect for sleeve openings on motorcycle jackets and the like. The zipper track measures 3″, while the tape from end to end measures 4-1/2″.

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Granate Protektor Gauntlets by Wilson

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These vintage gauntlets were made are “Granate”  Protektor sold by Wilson Brothers.  They are mitten style, with Wilson branded snaps.  They are in incredible condition, still soft and supple.  Perfect for motoring or motorcycle riding.  I’ve attached an ad from 1910 for similar models from the same company.  Size 9.

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WWII sheepskin gauntlets

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These vintage mittens were made during WWII and are named to a Captain Bill Grall.  They are fully sheepskin, with a tanned finish on the hand and a raw finish on the gauntlet.  They have what looks to be a horsehide reinforcement pull panel on the gauntlet, as well as a horsehide gusset. The leather is still supple and the sheepskin is in great shape.  Though they appear to be a handmade, non issue item, they would match a wartime sheepskin B-3 or Irvin, or are perfect to go with a vintage motorcycle jacket.
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A tie, then and now

It’s always cool when you can find photos of vintage clothes worn in their natural habitat. And not just “oh that’s pretty similar”, but something of the same pattern, clearly identifiable. I gave the below tie to my friend Florian, and he shot me a message today saying he’d tracked it down. Here’s a shot of the same tie in action, in 1941’s Hellzapoppin’.
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