Brown Columbia CHP jacket

http://www.ebay.com/itm/271103006052

This vintage leather jacket is in the “Coumbia” motorcycle style, the type worn by the California Highway Patrol. This one probably dates from the late ’50s or 1960s.  Usually they come up in black, so the brown leather on this one is unusual. This style was made by most of the big California makers, Langlitz still makes a nice version.  Due to the lack of tags, it’s hard to be positive whether the jacket is horsehide or a heavyweight steerhide. One way or another, it has killer grain and patina.  The jacket bears stitch marks from a previous zipper, indicating the current ’70s manufactured one is a replacement.  Likewise, it appears the jacket has been relined at some point, going by the different color collar snaps on the inside.  The sleeve zippers are Serval, and the pocket zippers have brass chains. The main zipper is missing the prong and is in need of replacement.  The zipper on the right sleeve has jumped its track.  There is heavy wear to the left cuff, and wear and patina to the leather throughout.  There is a half inch stab through the leather near the main zipper which goes clean through the front of the jacket when zipped, through at least four layers of leather.  There must be a story there.  There are mouton panels in the cuffs to keep the wind out when the sleeves are zipped.  The are attachment snaps for a detachable collar, now long gone.
Chest: (pit to pit): 23″ (doubled = 46″ = size 42)
Shoulder to Shoulder: 20″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 25″
Length (collar to hem): 27″

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