This vintage trench coat was made in 1943 for the US Army. Officially named the Regularion Army Officer’s Overcoat, Field, this trench is double breasted, with broad lapels, a wide overlap, belted waist, flap at the shoulder, buttoned throat latch under the collar, buttoned cuff adjuster belts, buttonholes at the hem to button back the tails, epaulettes and buttoned handwarmer pockets with pass through slits. It has a full wool button-in lining.
This vintage overcoat was made in September of 1943 by Blum and Nelson, the US National Bank Building, Denver, Colorado. It is double breasted, with a 3×6 closure and a breast pocket.
Chest (pit to pit): 27″ (doubled = 54″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 21″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 25″
Length (Base of collar to hem): 43-1/4″
This vintage suit jacket was made in the early 1940s by Capps Clothes (established 1838) and was sold by Jacoby’s Store for Men, Helena, Montana. Jacoby’s changed their name from Bossler’s in 1941, so with the 1939 union tag, the high cut, pre-bold look of the suit and the information about the original store, I would put this jacket’s original date of manufacture from 1941-1944.
Chest (pit to pit): 21″ (doubled = 42″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 16″
Sleeve (Shoulder to cuff): 24-1/2″
Length (Base of collar to hem): 29-1/2″
I found this 7-3/8 Imperial Stetson at an antique store in Maryland. It wasn’t marked, but due to the condition of the sweatband, the owner gave it to me for $5. It’s mid 1940s, and has the early style “Stars” Stetson crest. The brim is wide, the crown is tall and the ribbon is bold. It has a huge overwelt.