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.
This vintage jacket was made in the 1980s France by Alvin York, heavily influenced by the eccentric design of the 1940s Swedish leather tanker jacket. There’s something interesting about a jacket being made in France, reproducing the style of a Swedish jacket of the 1940s, while using the name of Sgt. York, a WWI American war hero on the label. The jacket is made of heavyweight two-tone suede. Like the original, it has a band collar, an internal row of fasteners with a wide wrap which fastens by the side seam, and that oh so distinctive large map pocket right in the center of the chest. This version adds handwarmer pockets and trades out some of the fiddly buttons and fasteners of the original for simpler, and more practical given the material, snaps. Just like the originals, this one sports a generously oversized cut. While it’s a 1940s design, the whole package still looks futuristic today.
Chest (pit to pit): 26″ (doubled = 52″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 19″
Waist (side to side): 19″ (doubled = 38″)
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 25-1/2″
Length (base of collar to hem): 24″
This jacket was made by Ralph Lauren under the Polo label, and has a design heavily influenced by sporting jackets of the 1930s, with its buttoned collar extension tab, saddlebag pockets and belt-back. Tagged a size M, this measures out a a size 36.
Chest (pit to pit): 20″ (doubled = 40)
Shoulder to shoulder: 18-1/2″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 24″
Length (base of collar to hem): 31″
This vintage jacket was made in the 1950s by H Bar C Ranchwear under the Ranch Jac label. It is made of 100% wool, in a striped blanket pattern. This jacket follows the classic mid-weight western jacket pattern of the ’50s, with its square cutaway, peak lapels and bi-swing shoulders. It trades in the fancy yokework found on the shoulders of some of these models, opting instead for the visual interest of the striped fabric.
Chest (pit to pit): 22-1/2″ (doubled = 45″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 18″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 25-1/4″
Length (base of collar to hem): 30-1/2″
This jacket was made in the 1980s in Canada by Paragon under the Dallas label. It is made of a wool blend flecky tweed, with black suedette trim on the shoulder yokes and pocket trim.
Chest (pit to pit): 22″ (doubled = 44″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 18″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 26-3/4″
Length (base of collar to hem): 29-1/2″