Vintage ties – batch 1

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.
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Vintage 1940s 1950s Arrow silk tie gray red yellow men’s neckie
http://www.ebay.com/itm/271574997605
51″ long, 4-1/8″ wide.
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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
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Vintage 1930s Bondley Sanforized men’s striped necktie tie wrinkle free
http://www.ebay.com/itm/281412175071
The tie measures 47″ long and 3-1/4″ wide
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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
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Vintage 1940s Don Juan men’s necktie swing tie fruit apple grapes pears red
http://www.ebay.com/itm/281411298281
47″ long, 4-1/2″ wide
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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.
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Vintage 1940s men’s knot planned red white blue fish scale men’s necktie tie
http://www.ebay.com/itm/271575007437
50″ long, 4-1/8″ wide
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Deacon E-1 Flight Jacket

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.

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WWI army shirt

http://www.ebay.com/itm/281231419370
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″
Length: 32-1/2″
Neck: 16″

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1910s “The Gem” hunting vest

http://www.ebay.com/itm/271301060308
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″)
Length: 18-1/2″

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1911. “The Gem” trademark registered. Logo matches that on this vest.

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1912 – Ad for The Gem hunting coats

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1917 – Photo of “The Gem” hunting coat

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1918. Guiterman Bros Town and Country vest, Gem Hunting Coat and a Springfield Rifle

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1923. Gem Hunting Vests and coats.  This is the last I can find on the company.

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Ocean swimsuit

http://www.ebay.com/itm/271225359270
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. ┬áCompare to an earlier Ocean Champion suit (here), and a similar one made by Dolfin (here)

Waist (unstretched): 15″ (doubled = 30″)
Waist (stretched): 19″ (doubled = 38″)
Side Seam: 6″
Rise: 10-1/2″
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United Garment Workers of America union tags

Union tags can be helpful in dating vintage clothes. The United Garment Workers of America tag, however, remained virtually unchanged from its first usage in 1891 until its last in 1994. The most notable change occurred c.1930, when the manufacturer number relocated from the side to the center of the label. The first two label variants date from the first decade of the 20th century. The second two are representative of what was used 1930s-1990s.

Depending on what was the tag was on, there could be different background text. Pictured is “clothing- clothing”. Other examples of background text would be “Duck Goods” or “Special Order”.

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