1900-1910s corduroy hunting vest

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This vintage hunting vest was made in the late 1900s-early 1920s.  It is made from corduroy with a cotton back and lining with canvas shell pockets and blue buttons. It has a buckle back Really rare to see one of these done in corduroy.
 

Chest (pit to pit): 22″ (doubled = 44″)

Length (back): 19-1/4″

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1900s-1910s Red Head Brand vest

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This vintage hunting vest was made between 1908 and 1916 by Red Head Brand, and bears their earliest label.

Chest (pit to pit): 22″ (doubled = 44″)
Length (back): 20″

A piece I wrote for my website on the history of Red Head:
E.C. Cook & Bro. was founded in Chicago c.1867 by E.C. Cook (b.1845) and his brother F.W. Cook. They were manufacturers of awnings, tents, waterproof wagon,horse and truck covers, flags, banners and canvas signs. Later they expanded range to include hunters’ and tourists’ outfits, including jackets, cartridge vests, leggings, hats, gun and rifle covers, holsters, belts, cartridge belts, rod cases, and boots.
The Red Head brand name first used 1908. In 1915, a half million dollar contract for boots for the British Army was rejected and the company was forced into bankruptcy. Former employee S. Theodore Anderson, who had been with Cook since 1885 became president of the new Alward Anderson Southard Co, formed along with Charles H. Southard and Edward Hendrickson (with Cook since 1897). The new company took over the closed factory, located at 925 W. Chicago Ave, hired 100 new workers, and resumed production of the defunct Cook’s lines.
In 1931, Theodore Anderson died and the company was taken over by his widow, Alma Anderson. The company grew and flourished under her ownership and management, opening a new factory in 1940 at 4300 Belmont Ave. and expanding employment to over 500.
Anderson died in 1956 and the company was taken over by Clarke F. Hine. Red Head was purchased by the Brunswick Blake Collender Co, of bowling ball fame, in December 1959. Brunswick purchased the DryBak company several years later, selling both company’s similar hunting lines for a time in the 1960s.
In 1970, Red Head Brand was again sold and operations relocated to 4949 Joseph Hardin Dr Dallas, Texas.
The brand is currently owned by Bass Pro shops. They have been marketing Red Head as a “heritage brand”, though they do no market any vintage style products, and put the company’s origin in 1856, a date which has no relation anything.

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Canvas and Leather Ralph Lauren hunting jacket

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This jacket was made for Ralph Lauren, with a design based on 1910s-1920s hunting coats.  It has leather trimmed pockets, with leather belts on the large cargo pockets. It has a flap on small bellows pockets, which on an original coat would be for shotgun shells, but which have been enlarged for street usage on this coat. The pocket overlapping the center button operates like a flight suit or motorcycle jacket map pocket, rather than opening to an internal game pouch like an original. This has not one, but two internal game pouches, one in between the outer shell and inner lining, like coats of the 1910s, and one with an open top and hook closure between the lining and the wearer, like on coats made in the 1930s and on.

Chest (pit to pit): 24″ (doubled = 48″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 18-1/2″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 26-1/4″
Length (base of collar to hem): 31-1/4″

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L.M. Weed Co. Duxbak hunting vest

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This vintage vest was made in the 1910s-1920s by the L.M. Weed Company of Binghampton, New York under their DryBak label. It is made of high quality canvas with a six button front, closed bottomed shotgun shell pockets and a cinch back.

Chest (pit to pit): 19″ (doubled = 38″)

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Cushman reproduction shawl collar shaker knit sweater

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This sweater was made in Japan by Cushman Sportswear, styled after a 1920s model. It has a shawl collar, two small pockets and a six button front with seventh under the collar.

Chest (pit to pit): 23″ (doubled = 46″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 20″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 25-1/2″
Length (Base of collar to hem): 28″

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Ralph Lauren blanket coat

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This coat was made for Ralph Lauren and was sold under the Polo label.  It is based upon a c. 1915 shawl collar blanket mackinaw made by Guiterman Bros. The coat is double breasted, with a shawl collar, leather trimmed handwarmer pockets, flapped cargo pockets and a belted waist.  In keeping with the original upon which this style was based, it is unlined. The original retail of this coat was $1195.

Chest (pit to pit): 24″ (doubled = 48″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 21″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 26-1/4″
Length (base of collar to hem): 33″

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1910s-1920s shawl collar mackinaw

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This vintage mackinaw coat was made in the 1910s-1920s. It is made from a blue, green, red and gray plaid mackinaw wool, in a double breasted cut, with a broad shawl collar, handwarmer pockets, flapped cargo pockets and belt loops. As was typical for these early production mackinaws, this one is unlined. The particular detailing found on this example, in combination with the unusual plaid are hallmarks of an earlier mackinaw. More vibrant color schemes were generally more popular earlier on, losing ground by the later 1920s to more sedate patterns, while the shawl collar, save for the horsehide trimmed railroad versions, generally fell out of favor by the early 1930s on double breasted mackinaws.

Chest (pit to pit): 25″
Shoulder to shoulder: 19-1/2″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 26-3/4″
Length (base of collar to hem): 35″

Mackinaw fabric, as well as mackinaw coats, trace their name back to blankets used in the fur trade by the Mackinaw Fur Company, headquartered at Fort Mackinac. As with the point blankets made by the Hudson’s Bay Company, Mackinaw blankets were made in an array of bright colors and garish patterns. Originally favored by native Americans and fur traders in the area, the coats gained near immediate acceptance among lumberjacks in that area’s logging industry. Whether cut from Mackinaw blankets, Hudson’s Bay Blankets, or from Pendleton Blankets, these coats shared several important features. In a time when men in cities wore overcoats nearly exclusively in cold weather, these coats were cut short, generally with a length of 35 or 36 inches, to allow for freedom of movement. The short cut allowed for extremely heavyweight, warm fabric without the weight associated with a long coat. The bright colors and loud patterns of the blankets favored among these loggers soon found their way throughout the country, first as souvenirs, later as part of nationwide marketing.
Though lumberjacks were primarily of French-Canadian or Scottish-Canadian ancestry, mackinaw cloth owes its origins to Norwegian immigrants. The original cloth was homepun from wool from northern sheep. The early fabric was relatively coarse, and heavyweight, around 40oz. After it was woven, was “stumpfed”, or danced upon with soap and water with wooden shoes, usually accompanied by music and celebration. This process felted the fabric, shrinking it dramatically, and making it thicker, denser, warmer, and resistant to rain and further shrinkage. Commercially produced mackinaw cloth later mimicked this process mechanically. After weaving, the fabric was shrunk and felted (the stumpfing or fulling process) , then napped to give it a thick and fluffy texture, further increasing its insulation value.
In 1912, the FA Patrick company, proprietors of the Patrick-Duluth Woolen Mills of Duluth, Minnesota launched a new, refined mackinaw design. It was double breasted, belted and sported a collar described in the ads of the period as a “nansen” collar. Though the term also existed then, we now refer to this style as a shawl collar. The coat was 35″ long and was available in 24 and 32 oz wool mackinaw cloth, in a wide variety of colors. Salesman Harry Harrington began to pitch the Patrick Mackinaw to clothiers in college towns. “It was not long after that that mackinaws became a fad with students generally, and as the college student invariably sets the styles for young men’s clothing, it quickly spread over the whole country”. The early mackinaw trend was marketed in a similar way to the current workwear trend, trading on the rugged associations of the workers for whom the garment was originally designed. The mackinaw fad boomed, and shortly, a number of other manufacturers sprung onto the scene, producing mackinaws of varying quality from a variety of cloths. Large quantities of Patrick mackinaws were sold through such high end stores as Brooks Brothers, Rogers Peet, Wannamaker, Abercrombie and Fitch, Brokaw Brothers, and A. Raymond.
It is around this 1912-1913 period where the name “Mackinaw” begins to be more associated with the short, double breasted, shawl collar style, and less with the mackinaw cloth material from which it was made.
The Mackinaw was re-branded once again, marketed to farmers, children, hunters and outdoorsmen, workers, and sportsmen. Its durability, warmth, low price compared to comparable overcoats or sheeplined coats, made it an easy sell to these markets. Alongside sheeplined canvas coats, shawl collar Mackinaws became the de-facto winter coat of railroad employees.

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1910s Tryon’s Buffalo Brand hunting vest 2

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This vintage vest was made in the 1910s by the Edward K. Tryon company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania under the Buffalo Brand label. It is made of dark canvas. Edward K Tryon was founded in 1811 and survived through to 1964. They were located at 815 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA, and used the “Buffalo Brand” label in the 1910s-mid 1920s.

Chest (pit to pit): 21-1/2″ (doubled = 43″)

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