1940s hunting coat

http://www.ebay.com/itm/271449021284
This vintage hunting coat is made from brown canvas, with a brown corduroy collar. It has large cargo pockets with shotgun shell loops inside, reinforced shoulders and an internal buttoned game pouch. It is half-lined with plaid flannel.

Chest (pit to pit): 26″ (doubled = 52″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 21″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 23″
Length (base of collar to hem): 26″

 photo IMG_0401.jpg

 photo IMG_0403.jpg

 photo IMG_0408.jpg

 photo IMG_0409.jpg

 photo IMG_0410.jpg

 photo IMG_0404.jpg

 photo IMG_0405.jpg

 photo IMG_0407.jpg

 photo IMG_0413.jpg

 photo IMG_0412.jpg

Active Sportswear Hunting Vest

http://www.ebay.com/itm/281306020882
This vintage hunting vest was made in the 1950s. It was sold by Sears under the Active sportswear label. Due to similarity in design and construction to their product, I would guess that this was made under contract by the Empire Mfg. Co. It has two large cargo pockets on the front with shotgun shell loops inside. There is a game pouch on the back.

Chest (pit to pit): 21-1/2″ (doubled =43″)
Length: 24-3/4″

 photo IMG_0415.jpg

 photo IMG_0416.jpg

 photo IMG_0418.jpg

 photo IMG_0419.jpg

 photo IMG_0422.jpg

 photo IMG_0429.jpg

 photo IMG_0430.jpg

1940s Sawyer Barker Pine Tree shirt

http://www.ebay.com/itm/271446932617

This vintage shirt was made by the Sawyer Barker Co. of Portland, Maine, makers of Pine Tree Brand garments.  They were known for their workwear and their cone denim overalls. They had a factory at 120-126 Center Street. The “Made in Maine for over 50 years” dates this shirt to the 1940s. Chest (pit to pit): 21″ (42″)
Tagged size: 16″
Collar: 15-1/2″
Shoulder to shoulder: 16-1/2″
Sleeve (Shoulder to cuff): 22″
Length (base of collar to hem): 28-1/2″

 photo IMG_0295.jpg photo IMG_0296.jpg

 photo IMG_0298.jpg

 photo IMG_0299.jpg

 photo 15069027.jpg

1950 JC Higgins hunting coat

http://www.ebay.com/itm/281304264630
This vintage coat was made in the early 1950s for Sears. It was sold under the JC Higgins label. It is made from heavy red and black plaid mackinaw cloth. There are handwarmer pockets and flapped cargo pockets. There is a game pouch on the back. The coat is lined in a different plaid, with rayon linings in the sleeves. This model can be seen in the page from the 1950 Sears catalog below. This model goes back with few changes to the 1930s, but earlier models had patch cargo pockets.

Chest (pit to pit): 22″ (doubled = 44″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 19″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 23-1/2″
Length (Base of collar to hem): 29″

 photo IMG_0289.jpg

 photo IMG_0290.jpg

 photo IMG_0291-1.jpg

 photo IMG_0292.jpg

 photo IMG_0293.jpg

 photo IMG_0294.jpg

 photo 195001-4.jpg

1930s Black Bear Rain-Tite canvas suit

http://www.ebay.com/itm/271435185224
This vintage suit was made in the 1930s in Seattle, Washington by high end workwear and outdoor-garment manufacturer Black Bear Brand as part of their “Rain-Tite” water repellent clothes range. Black Bear Brand produced work shirts, pants, overalls, jackets and mackinaws from their plant on Rainier Ave. S. This suit is made from army duck canvas, the jacket from 10oz duck and the pants from 8 oz duck. It appears they both started out life a medium brown canvas, but years of wear and layers of waterproofing have darkened it. Both are extremely heavy duty, and are physically heavy and stiff, both from the material and from the wax proofing. The back of the jacket is two layers of the 10 oz canvas through the body, with three layers on the shoulders. The sleeves are two layers. It is constructed with overlapping capes and layers to keep everything dry in harsh weather. The pants are two layers as well. They are cut to be worn with tall boots. They have suspender buttons and belt loops. There is a crotch gusset, and a patch watch pocket inside the side pocket.

In the pocket of the pants, I found the package of a trolling spoon and an Elks matchbook advertising war bonds. This suit probably hasn’t been worn in a good 70 years or so if those are still in-tact in the pocket. The snaps are all branded “Union Made” as are all the buttons. There are union tags from the United Garment Workers of America inside the jacket and inside the flap of the back pocket of the pants. The waterproofing is still good- water beads up and falls right off. This type of suit was frequently worn by lumbermen in the North West. The heavy wear supports this. Going by the matchbook, the original owner of this one was probably from Vancouver.

Chest (pit to pit): 21″ (doubled = 42″)
Shoulder to shoulder (under cape): 22″
Sleeve (Shoulder to cuff): 20″
Length (base of collar to hem): 28-1/2″

Waist: 17″ (doubled = 34″)
Inseam: 25″
Outseam: 38″
Rise: 13″

 photo IMG_0191.jpg

 photo IMG_0256.jpg

 photo IMG_0257.jpg

 photo IMG_0258.jpg

 photo IMG_0259.jpg

 photo IMG_0260.jpg

 photo IMG_0192-Copy.jpg

 photo IMG_0197.jpg

 photo IMG_0196-Copy.jpg

 photo IMG_0201-Copy.jpg

 photo IMG_0204.jpg

 photo IMG_0236.jpg

 photo IMG_0238.jpg

 photo IMG_0241.jpg

 photo IMG_0245.jpg

 photo IMG_0247.jpg

 photo IMG_0249.jpg

 photo IMG_0252.jpg

 photo IMG_0254.jpg

 photo IMG_0255.jpg

 photo blackbear.jpg

A similar suit in the 1920s in Alaska.  Photo from my collection  photo 102.jpg

1940s Hettrick American Field Half Moon Vest

http://www.ebay.com/itm/281294869181
This vintage vest was made in the 1940s by the Hettrick Mfg. Co. of Toldeo, Ohio. It is what is now known as a “half-moon” style, named after its round game pocket access on the front. This vest was intended for flyfishers, and has a fly rod loop to hold your rod and a multitude of pockets. It is made of green canvas. Wear to canvas. Missing fly pad. Period repair to back

Chest (pit to pit): 22″ (doubled = 44″)
Length: 19″

 photo IMG_0224.jpg

 photo IMG_0225.jpg

 photo IMG_0226.jpg

 photo IMG_0227.jpg

 photo IMG_0229.jpg

 photo IMG_0230.jpg

 photo IMG_0232.jpg

 photo IMG_0233.jpg

 photo IMG_0234.jpg

 photo IMG_0235.jpg

Advertisements for this model from 1940s Hettrick Mfg. Co. catalogs.

 photo 194001.jpg

 photo 195001.jpg

Early 1930s Woolrich 503 Mackinaw coat

http://www.ebay.com/itm/271423336178
This vintage hunting coat was made in Woolrich, Pennsylvania in the early 1930s by John Rich / Woolrich Woolen Mills. The 503 style hunting coat as been around with relatively few changes for the better part of a century, but the details make it easy to date. This is the earliest version of this coat I have seen.

While many Woolrich labels look relatively similar in isolation, the company changed their design every few years. This label was used in the very early 1930s. See the dating guide I have put together at the end of the auction. The snaps in this coat are by United Carr, and are a design only used from about 1930-1934. The top of the snap, with its line design, was used by Woolrich until about 1940. They switched to plain headed snaps during WWII, then to Woolrich branded snaps after the war. These early coats have asymmetrical breast pockets, while starting in the late 1950s, Woolrich switched to matching breast pockets. The brown buttons on this early coat are nicer than the red bakelite buttons which Woolrich began to use in the mid 1930s, which has a tendency to craze and crack over time.

Chest (pit to pit): 25″
Shoulder to shoulder: 20″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 25″
Length (base of collar to hem): 28″

 photo IMG_0014-1.jpg

 photo IMG_0016-1.jpg

 photo IMG_0030.jpg

 photo IMG_0031.jpg

 photo IMG_0017-1.jpg

 photo IMG_0023-1.jpg

 photo IMG_0025-1.jpg

 photo IMG_0033-1.jpg

 photo IMG_0034-1.jpg

 photo IMG_0035-1.jpg

 photo sheep.jpg

 photo snaps.jpg

1930s Red Head half moon hunting / fishing vest

http://www.ebay.com/itm/271420560900
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″)
Length: 27″

 photo IMG_0137.jpg

 photo IMG_0138.jpg

 photo IMG_0140.jpg

 photo IMG_0141.jpg

 photo IMG_0150.jpg

 photo IMG_0149.jpg

 photo IMG_0147.jpg

 photo IMG_0151.jpg

 photo IMG_0152.jpg

 photo IMG_0146.jpg

 photo IMG_0144.jpg

 photo IMG_0142.jpg

 photo IMG_0148.jpg

1920s Canvasback hunting vest

http://www.ebay.com/itm/271420576862
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”.

Chest (pit to pit): 18-1/2″
Length: 18″

 photo IMG_0153.jpg

 photo IMG_0154.jpg

 photo IMG_0156.jpg

 photo IMG_0155.jpg