This vintage moneybelt was made during WWII for a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force. Most money-belts were constructed either like a fanny pack, with a compartment and a waist strap or like a standard trouser belt with a concealed pocket. This one is more like a motorcycle kidney belt in design (though not in thick leather), with decoratively punched and stitched RCAF flash on the back, zippered pockets on the sides and a double buckle closure up front. It has rare “Streamline” brand zippers.
Vintage 1930s 7 fold parkway men’s brown rust necktie tie unlined http://www.ebay.com/itm/281412172304 This vintage tie was handmade by Parkway Ties using seven fold construction. It measures 48-1/2″ long by 3-1/4″ wide.
Vintage 1940s Beau Brummell 4 Fold Palm Beach Sportown wool men’s necktie tie http://www.ebay.com/itm/281411356352 Beau Brummell was best known for their production of Palm Beach Cloth neckties, using the 4 fold construction developed and patented for that fabric. Interestingly, they used the same construction for their line of Sportown wool ties, of which this is an example. 47-1/2″ long, 3-1/2″ wide. Originally sold by Wagner’s of Bozeman, Montana
Vintage 1940s Botany Regence NOS Deadstock blue paisley men’s necktie tie wool http://www.ebay.com/itm/281412177975 This vintage tie was made in the early 1940s by Botany. It is part of their Regence line, and is unlined. The tie is made of wool and measures 46-1/2″ long and 4-1/2″ wide
Vintage 1950s figural farm barn lovers men’s necktie swing tie purple red http://www.ebay.com/itm/271575002324 This vintage tie has a scene of a farm with a barn, fence line and two lovers in victorian garb underneath a tree. 51-1/2″ long, 3-3/4″ wide.
Here’s a coat from my collection. Not for sale, but an interesting piece.
This flight suit was made in 1942 by the Canadian company Deacon Brothers. Deacon Brothers had a factory at 133 Dundas St East Belleville, Ontario, and was known primarily for their shirts.
It was sold to me as being RCAF issue, as part of a two piece flight suit. The military style designation number seems to point to that, as do all the specialized details on the front. I have only seen two other flight suits of this design, and only a few other items made by Deacon. I have seen one example of this same design made by S.S. Holden Ltd.. Multiple manufacturers producing identical patterns does point to this having been an issued item, but its current rarity points to it not having been made in large numbers.
This is a WWI army issue pullover wool shirt. It has two breast pockets, one with stitching for a pen. The sleeves have reinforcements at the shoulders. The original tag is still at the hem, but it is mostly illegible. The chest and placket are partially lined. There are gussets at the tails.
Chest (pit to pit): 24-1/2″ (doubled = 49″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 18″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 23-1/2″
This vintage hunting vest was made by the Gem Shirt Company of Dayton, Ohio in the 1910s. The Gem Shirt Co. diversified into canvas hunting clothes in the early part of the 20th century, innovating the usage of lined waterproof game bags. They were a high end maker at the time, making their products from an excellent grade of cotton canvas duck. The vest has 32 closed bottomed reinforced corduroy shotgun shell pockets on the front of the vest. The corduroy material is somewhat unusual, a nice early detail. The back of the vest has a buckled belt, and a stitched-on tab added by the original owner, probably to hold his hunting license. The vest has a five button front, with metal buttons reading “The Gem”. The buttons attach via grommets and rings. The vest has a typically 1910s style yellow on black label.
Chest (pit to pit): 21″ (double = 42″)
1911. “The Gem” trademark registered. Logo matches that on this vest.
1912 – Ad for The Gem hunting coats
1917 – Photo of “The Gem” hunting coat
1918. Guiterman Bros Town and Country vest, Gem Hunting Coat and a Springfield Rifle
1923. Gem Hunting Vests and coats. This is the last I can find on the company.
This vintage swimsuit was made by “Ocean”. This company was originally known as Ocean Champion, and later “Ocean Pool Supply”. This company was the official supplier of swimsuits to the United States Olympic team for most of the first half of the 20th century, before being supplanted by Speedo. This is one of their later production models, in their lower waisted “Ocean Brief” style. These suits were made out of two independent layers of nylon, with a drawstring waist. Compare to an earlier Ocean Champion suit (here), and a similar one made by Dolfin (here)