USMC shooting jacket

http://www.ebay.com/itm/272097229895

This vintage shooting jacket was made for the US Marine Corps.  It is green cotton with padded elbows and shoulder and a half-belt back.

Chest (pit to pit): 23″ (doubled = 46″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 18-1/2″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 21″
Length (base of collar to hem): 25-1/2″

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The History of American Field

The Hettrick Mfg. Co. was founded in 1893 (or 1891, depending on the source) in Toledo, Ohio as a manufacturer of canvas goods, largely awnings and wagon covers.

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In 1921, they launched the “American Field” line of hunting garments. A bit of a late comer to the hunting game, they advertised their coats as designed by an “old timer”. Their factory was located at 1401 Summit Street, Toledo, Ohio. Unlike most of the other manufacturers of hunting clothes, Hettrick maintained their other interests after entering the hunting market, producing everything from canvas lawn chairs to tricycles.

1930s-1940s labels
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1940s-1950s labels
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Hettrick was purchased by the F&M Real Estate Company of Lowell, MA and in 1962, Hettrick closed its Ohio factories and moved to Statesville, NC to take advantage of the lower cost of manufacturing in the south. They moved production into the factory of the Empire Manufacturing Corp, who continued producing their own line from the same plant, with a secondary factory in Pink Hill, NC. It is unclear whether they were purchased by Empire, sources are conflicting. Empire ran a strongly anti-union shop, threatening employees in 1968 that if they unionized , they, “would do as up North, hire n. . . and put them on machines with you”. They were sued by employees, the threats were found to be unlawful and the case was used as an example in a Congressional subcommittee on labor.

1960s-1970s labels
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Shortly thereafter, in 1969, American Field was acquired by the Olin Corporation, manufacturer of Winchester rifles. In 1970, the Hettrick divistion acquired the J. W. Johnson Co of Bellwood, Ill and Dickey Oakwood Corp of Oakwood, Ohio. In 1971, Hettrick merged with Comfy Seattle Co and became Trailblazer by Winchester, “managing transactions for Comfy, the Turner Co., Olin Skiis, J.W. Johnson, Dickey Oakwood”, as well as factories in Pink Hill, Statesville and one in Corcoran, California built in 1970. While Hettrick as a company was absorbed, the American Field brand continued to be produced, with production shifted to the Pink Hill plant, reflected on labels.

1970s-1990s labels
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By the 1980s, the operation had been sold again, to WeatherShield Sports Equipment, Inc. (founded 1951) at Petoskey Rd. At Mercer Blvd., Charlevoix, MI. They lasted at least into the 1990s.

Canvas and Leather Ralph Lauren hunting jacket

http://www.ebay.com/itm/272080576294

This jacket was made for Ralph Lauren, with a design based on 1910s-1920s hunting coats.  It has leather trimmed pockets, with leather belts on the large cargo pockets. It has a flap on small bellows pockets, which on an original coat would be for shotgun shells, but which have been enlarged for street usage on this coat. The pocket overlapping the center button operates like a flight suit or motorcycle jacket map pocket, rather than opening to an internal game pouch like an original. This has not one, but two internal game pouches, one in between the outer shell and inner lining, like coats of the 1910s, and one with an open top and hook closure between the lining and the wearer, like on coats made in the 1930s and on.

Chest (pit to pit): 24″ (doubled = 48″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 18-1/2″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 26-1/4″
Length (base of collar to hem): 31-1/4″

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NRA tagged Duxbak jacket

http://www.ebay.com/itm/401043368978

This vintage hunting coat was made between 1933 and 1935 by the Utica Duxbak Corp of Utica, New York. It bears a National Recovery Act (NRA) blue eagle label.  The coat is made from heavy canvas with a corduroy collar, double round cargo pockets and a doubled breast pocket. It has access to the game pouch via side flaps as well as a flap over the center button.
Tagged size: 46
Chest (pit to pit): 27″ (doubled = 54″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 19-1/2″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 24″
Length (base of collar to hem): 29-3/4″

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JC Higgins hunting jacket

http://www.ebay.com/itm/272080561247

This vintage hunting coat was made for Sears Roebuck and Co under their JC Higgins hunting label.  It is made of canvas with a corduroy collar. It has an open top, hook closure internal game pouch.

Chest (pit to pit): 24-1/2″ (doubled = 49″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 18″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 23-1/2″
Length (base of collar to hem): 28″

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LL Bean hunting jacket

http://www.ebay.com/itm/401043363268

This vintage hunting jacket was made for L.L. Bean Inc. of Freeport, Maine.  It is made of canvas with a corduroy collar, Talon zip breast pocket and handwarmer and cargo pockets. The buttons have been swapped out by a previous owner for USN buttons.

Chest (pit to pit): 25″ (doubled = 50″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 19″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 24″
Length (base of collar to hem): 27-1/2″

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Wallace & Barnes hunting jacket reproduction

http://www.ebay.com/itm/272080553062

This vintage coat was made by Wallace & Barnes and is based on a 1920s-1930s hunting coat. It has two large cargo pockets, a snapped pocket in the middle and a pleated top pocket. There are contrast green panels and a yellow hood which stows into the collar.  It has an internal game pouch, with side entry.

Chest (pit to pit): 23″ (doubled= 46″)

Shoulder to shoulder: 18″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 26″
Length (base of collar to hem): 29-1/2″

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