1950s Allen western suit


This vintage western suit was made in the early-mid 1950s in Denver, Colorado by the Allen Mfg. Co.  It is made from gray wool with a purple and brown fleck.  The suit has a three button front, square cutaway, peak lapels, four western “smile” pockets and a yoked back.  The pants have pearl snap back buttons, fancy pockets and western belt loops.

Chest (pit to pit):22″ (doubled = 44″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 18-1/2″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 25-1/2″
Length (base of collar to hem): 29-3/4″
Waist (side to side): 17″  (doubled = 34″)
Outseam: 44″
Inseam: 32″
Rise: 12″

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Allen Half-belt western jacket


This vintage jacket was made in the late 1940s-early 1950s in Denver Colorado by the Allen Mfg. Co. It is made of gray striped wool, with a belted back with buttoned side adjusters.  It has a zipper front with a Talon zipper, with a Talon branded U shaped stop box used in the mid-late 1940s and a rounded corner pull, introduced in the late 1940s.  The jacket has handwarmer pockets and steeply angled talon zip breast pocket.
Chest (pit to pit): 21″ (doubled = 42″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 17-1/4″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 25-1/2″
Length (base of collar to hem): 25″

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Allen Cowboy Suit

This vintage suit was made by the Allen Mfg. Co of Denver Colorado in 1963. This style of western suit, with its wide peak lapels and squared cutaway emerged on the western fashion scene just after WWII, a “greatest hits” collection of all the wildest detailing of prewar suits- the razor sharp peak lapels, the bi-swing shoulders, the saddlebag pockets. The style stayed virtually unchanged through the 1950s. In the early 1960s, it fell out of favor for suddenly extremely narrow notch lapels and different detailing. It’s surprising to see such a late date in a suit of this style. Also interesting is that this suit does not have the yoked western style back commonly associated with this style. The pants have subtle western scalloping to the pockets, wide belt loops and are cuffless.

Chest (pit to pit): 23″ (doubled = 46″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 19″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 25-1/4″
Length (base of collar to hem: 29-1/4″

Waist (side to side): 17-1/2″ (doubled = 35″)
Outseam: 43″
Inseam: 30-1/2″
Rise: 12-1/2″

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