I picked this up yesterday at an antique shop in Lemoyne, Pennsylvania. This is a Waltham Chicago, with a Swiss made movement, after the American manufacture of Watham watches had stopped and the company name changed hands. But they don’t get much cleaner.
I recently won a drawing from the Pecard Leather Care co. for some mini leather care kits. Very cute, with the festive jingle bells on them. Pecard makes great stuff, I use their antique leather dressing exclusively, and am always amazed at the improvement seen after use.
This vintage hunting vest was made by Hettrick Sportswear, “a product of Hettrick Mfg. Co, Toledo, Ohio”. It is made of brown canvas duck, softened by decades of wear. It has elasticized loops for shotgun shells and a bellows breast pocket. The vest should fit a size 38.Chest: 19-1/2″
This vintage leather jacket was made in the 1950s by Campus sportswear. It is made of navy blue steerhide, with an attached belt and mouton collar. It has a talon zipper with a lucky rabbits foot pull. It has a green quilted liner, and is tagged a size 18- these jackets were targeted towards high school and college kids, hence the sizing. Please go by the measurements. There is some wear to the leather, but no real damage. I’ve attached a photo of this jacket next to a black leather jacket to give an idea of the color difference.Chest: 19-1/2″ (doubled = 39″)Shoulder to Shoulder: 17″Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 23″
I recently bought these two Montreal made D-Pocket motorcycle jackets. Both were made by different iterations of the same company, British Sportswear and British Cycle Leathers, which would later become Brimaco. It’s always interesting having similar pieces of vintage clothing like this at the same time to be able to do direct comparisons of fit and details.
The black jacket is a later model of the earlier silver one, which in turn draws heavy inspiration from the Harley Davidson Cycle Champ jacket.On to the comparisons.
Leather color aside, while the two jackets follow the same pattern, there are a number of differences between them. Some of these are due simply to the date of manufacture and the hardware which was readily available at that point. Others are subtle, yet distinct, changes in the pattern.
The design of the d-pocket changed, growing in size, with less tapered ends. The two pockets lost their clipped corners and single stitching replaced double. Hardware changed, with different patterns of Lightning zippers used from one to the next, and different belt buckles and studs, but that has more to do with availability than design. The belt on the newer jacket is backed in cloth, while on the silver jacket it has a backing of black leather. The belt buckles are inset in different ways from one to the next, with triangular reinforcement stitching on the black one. Epaulettes are false on the silver jacket, stitched to the shoulder. They are more conventional and snap down on the black one. The silver jacket has open cuffs that zip closed and have a snap tab at the end of the cuff. The black jacket also has zipped cuffs, but the leather of the sleeve is continuous and the zippers are there for adjustment of the sleeve diameter. The lining pattern is different one to the next, as is the collar shape
This vintage deerskin leather jacket has a classic western style, with yokes shoulders and a shirt style collar. It is fully lined, belted and has hair on cowhide trim, for that true cowboy look.Chest: 21″Shoulder to Shoulder: 19″Sleeve: 26″
This vintage leather overcoat was made post-WWII in Germany. It is a double breasted style, with yoked shoulders. It has a interior snap belt and exterior adjustable snap tab. The belt which would have gone overtop is missing.Chest: 22″Shoulder to Shoulder: 18″Sleeve: 25″