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″.
I picked this up yesterday at an antique shop in Lemoyne, Pennsylvania. This is a Waltham Chicago, with a Swiss made movement, after the American manufacture of Watham watches had stopped and the company name changed hands. But they don’t get much cleaner.
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.
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.
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’.