This vintage leather jacket was made around 1936. It is made of lightweight capeskin leather, with a perforated Ostrich grain texture, popular briefly in 1936 and 1937. The jacket is an early cossack style, with a leather waistband and D-stitched pockets. The back is belted, with side adjusters, and is pleated. Cuffs are adjustable with two buttons. The jacket has an early Talon riveted “grommet” zipper, a style which started production in 1930, and continued through the 1930s. This one is missing its original slider, though at this date of manufacturer, it probably had a Talon branded fantail style slider. The jacket has a transitional half-lining. While it is constructed like the unlined leather jackets of the early 1930s, it is lined in the shoulders and sleeves. The lining remains, but it has shredded at most of the points where it attaches to the leather itself.
Chest (pit to pit): 20″ (doubled = 40″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 16-1/2″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 24″
Length (base of collar to hem):22″
Photos from 1936 and 1937 Sears catalog, showing similar Sears Hercules ostrich grained models. Jacket is similar to models in advertisements, though differs in back pleat detailing.
This vintage hunting vest was made in the 1920s. It is made of brown canvas, with a five button front. There is a buttonhole at the back of the neckline, which I have not seen before on other vests. I wonder if it was there to attach something to the vest (or the vest to something else, like a jacket), or if it was there to hang the vest by? The vest has closed bottomed, canvas shotgun shell loops, which are typical of these early manufacture vests. At some point the vest was taken in, then let back out. The front buttons have been moved slightly from their original position to make the vest a smidge larger. Since garments like this were purely utilitarian, it wouldn’t be uncommon for them to be passed down from one generation to the next. I wonder if these modifications were made as the original owner lost and put on weight, or if they were done for a different owner?
Chest (pit to pit): 18-1/2″ (doubled = 37″)
This vintage fedora hat was made in the 1950s by Wormser. It is made of Supreme Quality fur felt. The model name is The Rambler. The hat has a bound brim, a shallow C crown, and a pleated bow. The hat has a brown leather sweatband and a white liner with the Wormser crests.
This vintage cowboy hat was made in the 1930s by G.W. Alexander & Co. of Reading, PA. It was sold as a house-branded hat by William Paul Brodt Inc., one of the premier hat sellers and manufacturers of Washington DC. They were located at 509 11th St, NW, and sold hats to many of the major politicians of the day. The hat is blocked on a San Fran Sr. block. It has a wide brim and a three cord ribbon. It is labeled “The Elk Brand Hat”, a line sold by Brodt’s.
This jacket was made by Ralph Lauren in 2006 as a sample. It is mid 1930s utility jacket style, termed by RL as a “Linesman’s Jacket”. Like originals, it has curved, slanted patch pockets and a zipper breast pocket. It has side adjuster belts with deco floral patterned buckles. There is a buttoned tab at the waistband. There is a Conmar grommet zipper, in the style of the original 1930s hardware. Cuffs are lined with corduroy, and the jacket is unlined. The buttons have been replaced with original 1930s catseye buttons.
Chest (pit to pit): 23″
Shoulder to shoulder: 19″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 24-1/2″
Length (base of collar to hem): 23″
This vintage coat was made in the 1940s, and was sold by Penney’s. It is made of plaid wool- 65% reprocessed and 35% new. The use of reprocessed wool like this was common on work coats of the period. It is double breasted, with handwarmers on the chest and flapped cargo pockets. It has a belted back. The coat is lined in plaid cotton. It has seen heavy wear and usage, with wear, damage and repairs throughout much of the coat. The collar has been altered with an additional buttonhole and button to securely cinch the coat up in cold working conditions.
Tagged size: 46
Chest (pit to pit): 25″ (doubled = 50″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 20″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 24″
Length (base of collar to hem): 29″
This vintage canvas hunting cap was made in the 1930s. This one has seen some heavy use, with fading to the canvas. It has internal earflaps, and a back brim which can flip down to protect your neck in the rain.
Brim Width: 2-1/2″ front, 2-1/4″ back