1920s Gem Hunting Vest

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This vintage hunting vest was made by the Gem Shirt Company of Dayton, Ohio in the 1910s-1920s. The Gem Shirt Co. was founded c.1888, and 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. They ceased production by the 1920s. It has corduroy shotgun shell pockets, ring backed buttons branded with the Gem logo, and a yellow on black label.

Tagged size: 42
Chest (pit to pit): 21″ (doubled = 42″)
Length: 23-1/2″

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1910s Bird Jones Kenyon hunting vest

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This vintage vest was made in the 1910s by Duxbak. It has their early pre 1915 label, featuring the Bird, Jones & Kenyon script and Cravenette Rain Proof logo. The vest has a six button front and a buckle back. The buckle is the type used with a 1906 patent date on later Duxbak vests, but it is an early production version, without the patent number or date.

Tagged size: 42
Chest (pit to pit): 20″ (doubled = 40″)

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1920s The Gem hunting vest

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This vintage hunting vest was made by the Gem Shirt Company of Dayton, Ohio in the 1910s-1920s. The Gem Shirt Co. was founded c.1888, and 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. They ceased production by the 1920s. It has corduroy shotgun shell pockets, ring backed buttons branded with the Gem logo, and a yellow on black label.

Tagged size: 42
Chest (pit to pit): 21″ (doubled = 42″)
Length: 23-1/2″

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WWII USMC vest – China souvenir embroidery

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This vintage vest was made in the late war period. It is green cotton with an alpaca pile lining. It has a mid-late 1940s round hole Talon zipper, and a full embroidered back with a dragon and the years 1945-1946.

Chest (side to side): 21″ (doubled = 42″)
Length: 22″

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1930s Red Head half-moon hunting vest

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This vest was made in the 1930s by Red Head Brand, a high end maker of hunting and outdoorsman’s garments. This style has come to be known as a half-moon hunting vest, after the shape of its pass through pockets into the game pouch. 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, 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): 24″ (doubled = 48″)
Length: 27″

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