This vest was made in the 1930s by Red Head Brand and was sold by the R.S. Elliott Arms Co. of Kansas City, MO. This style has come to be known as a half-moon hunting vest, after its pass through pocket. Period advertisements generally referred to this style as a sleeveless jacket rather than as a vest. This one has pleated, flapped patch pockets on the front and back, as well as two patch pockets on the lining. The half-moons pass through to the roomy internal game pocket, which closes with a button.
Chest (pit to pit): 22-1/2″ (doubled = 45″)
This vintage hunting vest was made in the 1920s by Canvasback It is an early, high buttoning style, with 54 closed-bottomed canvas shotgun shell pockets. The bottom tier of pockets loops all the way around the back and sides of the vest. The label is worn, but has a great graphic of a canvasback duck, with the slogan, “King Of Them All”.
This vintage work vest was sold by Sears under their Hercules workwear label in the late 1930s or early 1940s. It predates the (R) on the label which would come after WWII. It has a high necked cut favored by work vests due to the greater warmth and protection it offered. The vest has two pockets and a full sheepskin lining. Construction and materials are similar to the shawl collared sheepskin mackinaws sold by Hercules at the same period.
This vintage hunting vest was made in the 1930s by the Marshall Clothing Manufacturing Company of Butler, Indiana, under their “Gamemaster” label. The Marshall Clothing company was a well regarded manufacturer of sportswear- letterman jackets, basketball uniforms, gym shorts and the like. This vest has a five button front, with a high neck closure, reminiscent of early Brown’s Beach vests, also marketed towards the hunting market. This one is made of lightweight light brown canvas, with closed bottomed loops for 32 shotgun shells. These loops are all covered with flaps to protect the cartridges from the elements. This vest also has a flapped bellows pleated breast pocket.
Chest (pit to pit): 20-1/2″ (doubled = 41″)
This vest was made by a company called Maxwear, in the style of a 1930s work vest, similar to the ones made by Brown’s Beach Jacket and the sleeved versions made by Woolrich. It is made of thick wool approximating the pattern of an Indian blanket. It has a five snap front, with patch pockets. The back has adjuster tabs. Snaps have a star design, continuing the western theme started with the material.
This vintage leather vest was made in the small town of Madras, Oregon by the Modoc Manufacturing Company. It is made of what feels like buckskin, with a pile lining. The patch pockets are riveted, and the vest has a snap front. The logo is an Indian chief. I can’t find much on this company, other than they operated in the 1960s and 1970s.
Chest (pit to pit): 20″ (doubled = 40″)
This vintage Chimayo Indian blanket vest was made by Americraft of El Paso, Texas, probably in the 1970s. The design and cut of these vests changed very little since the 1930s or earlier. This one has a white field, with black, turquoise, red and yellow pattern. It is a one button version, with a loop closure. The button is missing.
This vintage vest was made from Chimayo Indian blanket material. It has a five button front with loop closure. The material is a vibrant blue with red, yellow, white and blue designs. The edges of the interior are lined. Unfortunately, there are no tags, but there were several makers of these vests based out of New Mexico and Texas.
This vintage hunting vest was made in the 1910s-1920s by the Williamsport Leather Goods Company of Williamsport, PA. It has loops for thirty two shotgun shells and a six button front. The back has an adjustment belt and buckle. The original owner sewed a canvas bag to the back of the vest as a game pouch. The bag has a leather belt closure, and two pockets, one with a mesh bottom, the other solid. The style of label helps date the vest to the late 1910s- mid 1920s. The maker of this vest ceased production in 1927, so it can not date any newer than 87 years old.
The Williamsport Leather Goods Company had a factory at 941 Nichols Place and a store or office at 506 5th Avenue, Williamsport, PA. It was run by Charles C. and Howard E Krouse.The factory burned on April 29, 1927, with a loss in excess of $325,000. They did not rebuild.
Chest (pit to pit): 20″ (doubled = 40″)
This vintage fly fishing vest was made in the 1930s or 1940s. It is similar in cut and style to two made by Remington under the DriDux label which I recently sold, but no longer has a tag, so I can’t say for certain. It has a three button front, with two large wraparound cargo pockets. There is a flapped breast pocket. The other side has a felt pad to store flies in. Most have a simple piece of sheepskin, but this one snaps closed for greater storage and protection. The vest has a fly rod loop on one side, and a metal ring to attach gear to on the other.