This vintage A-2 leather flight jacket was made in the 1940s, either at the end of the war or during occupation. A-2s ceased to be produced in 1943, but remained popular with servicemen. Theatre made examples like this are rare, but were commissioned by Americans who wanted a jacket that was no longer available through official channels. It is made to the A-2 pattern, with a shirt style collar secured by snaps, flapped, snapped patch pockets, knit cuffs and collar, and a zipper front with a wind flap. The jacket has a one piece back and two piece sleeves. The jacket has war-time German hardware, with a Zipp main zipper (with the back marked DRP, which stands for Deutschers ReichsPatent, and points to a 1945 or before dating of manufacture of the zipper). All the snaps are PRYM brand. The jacket is lined with a typically German plaid, which has been heavily worn and has been patched.
Chest (pit to pit): 23″ (doubled = 46″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 19″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 26″
Length (base of collar to end of waistband): 24″
This vintage leather jacket was made in the 1970s and was worn by a biker through most of its life. The label has worn away, unfortunately. The jacket has a deep front yoke, with a half-zip, two zipper diagonal breast pockets, and zips on the side seams to help get into the jacket. The back has a corresponding deep yoke. The sleeves have zip cuffs. Zips are a mix of chunky brass talons and YKK. There is evidence of this jacket’s past life in its pin marks on the collar the outline of motorcycle club patches down the sleeve.
Tagged size: 36
Chest (pit to pit): 18-3/4″ (doubled = 37-1/2″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 16-1/2″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 22-1/2″
Length (base of collar to hem): 25″
This vintage cap was made in the 1930s or 1940s, for motorcycle or aviation use. It is made of leather, with a flannel lining. It has snap-down ear flaps, with early WK snaps and a spring loaded buckle.
This vintage canvas bag was made in the 1930s. It has early talon zippers, with the D shaped stoppers at the top (before they switched to the solid metal stops in the ’40s) and a rare variant of the bell-shaped pull. The slider is of the plain-back style (no stampings) which was used in the early-mid 1930s. The end of the opening on the bag is leather reinforced. Unlike regular saddlebags, which are essentially two bags with a separate connection piece, these are a single, continuous bag, shaped roughly like a barbell. The ends are bucket-bottomed, and have drainage grommets both in the bottom and on both sides. The zippers open the entire bag and run vertically, as opposed to the horizontal openings usually seen on this type of bag. The heavy canvas started out life as a deep forest green, as can be seen in the last photograph, but has faded heavily over time. This is perfect for motorcycles or just as a rugged over-the shoulder carryall.
This vintage leather jacket was made in the late 1930s-early 1940s. It was made in California and was sold by Montgomery Ward under their Sportswear label. The “Aviator” style, a precursor to the modern motorcycle jacket, was popular in this late ’30s-1940s time period, and this is an excellent example. It has an asymmetrical / double breasted zipper design, with handwarmer pockets and double zipped breast pockets. The zippers are all Talons. The chest zippers are the originals, with ring style pulls and Talon branded sliders, a style which stopped production in the 1940s. The main zipper is a replacement, probably done in the late 1950s. Interestingly, the slider has had the pull replaced with a 1930s fan-tail pull, possibly off the original zip. The jacket has a half-belt back with teardrop shaped buckles. The jacket is fully lined, with a wonderful label with a California mission and palm tree. The jacket is made of pony horsehide.
Chest (pit to pit): 20″ (doubled = 40″)
Waist (side to side): 18″ (doubled = 36″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 17″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 23-3/4″
Length (base of collar to hem): 21″
This vintage leather jacket was made for Sears in the mid 1950s and was sold under their Hercules label. It is made of steerhide, with an off center zipper, kidney panel and action back. The pockets on this model are combination handwarmer and snapped flapped pockets, more like what you would see on a Hercules bomber jacket of the period. This jacket takes the map pocket of D-Pocket leather jackets to the next level. The map pocket extends almost from neck to waist to house some large cargo. There is a second, equally large zippered pocket, concealed in the bi-swing back.
Chest (pit to pit): 23″ (doubled = 46″
Shoulder to shoulder: 18″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 22-1/2″
Length (Base of collar to hem): 21-1/2″