1950s Buco J-24 horsehide leather motorcycle jacket

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This vintage jacket was made in the early 1950s in Detroit, Michigan by the Joseph Buegeleisen Company (Buco) out of horsehide. It is their J-24 D-Pocket model motorcycle jacket. From the style of stop box on the main zipper, with its wide ribs, but without the Talon name, this one was made between about 1952 and 1957. The jacket has a D-pocket map pocket with a rounded cornered cigarette pocket. It has zipped sleeves, snapped lapels, snapped belt loops for an external belt, bars on the epaulettes, zippered side storage, a handwarmer pocket, and bi-swing shoulders. At some point, it appears the original owner either broke the main zipper or gained weight, and added snaps, which are offset from the original zip position.

Chest (pit to pit): 21″ (doubled = 42″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 18″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 25″
Length (base of collar to hem): 23-1/2″

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Early 1930s cut down Cossack Jacket

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This vintage jacket was made in the early 1930s, probably between about 1930 and 1934. This style, with the plain back, side panels with buckle adjusters, leather waistband and small patch pockets, was one of the first jacket styles to become popular following the invention of the separable bottomed zipper in 1930. The jacket has a buttoned throat latch / chinstrap, and while the zipper is a 1950s Conmar, replacing what would likely have been a double branded Hookless/Talon, the grommets from the original zip are still in place at the waistband.

Chest (pit to pit): 18″ (doubled = 36″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 15″
Length (base of collar to hem): 23-1/2″

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Swedish Leather tanker jacket reproduction

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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″

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1920s leather flight cap

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This vintage flight helmet was made in the 1920s. It is made of leather, with a two contrast color racing stripes down the middle. It has snap-down tabs to hold your goggles. The snaps are from the United States Fastener Company, with merged with Carr Fastener in 1929 to form United Carr, so the hardware dates from before this merger, helping to date the helmet. It it stamped a size medium, and a style 113. It measures 20″ in circumference.

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1928-1932 Hookless Talon money bag

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This vintage deposit bag was made between 1928 and 1932 for the Elizabethtown Trust Company of Elizabethtown, PA. It is datable by its rare transitional Hookless zipper. These dual-branded zips were produced from ’28 to ’32 during a period where the Hookless Fastener Company of Meadville, PA had changed the name of their product from Hookless to Talon, but kept their company name on the slider. The company would change their name to Talon to match the name of their product in 1937. This is an early example of the transitional slider design, and has the full range of patents on the back, 3-20-17, 10-16-17, 11-25-19, 10-13-25, and 12-22-25.

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