This vintage overcoat was made in the 1940s by Collegian Clothes for the Matzke Dite Company of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It bears a 1939 Union tag, which places its date of manufacture between 1939 and 1949. The coat is a brown wool alpaca blend. It has a double breasted front with wide lapels, has button tabs on the sleeves, and a plain vented back. For some inexplicable reason, someone has cut out the botton half of the lining.Chest: 23″Shoulder to Shoulder: 18″Sleeve: 25″
This vintage leather jacket was made by Albert Richards. It is their “Shetland” model, made of “Satintan” horsehide, with a “Beavertex” mouton collar. It has an alpaca lined body and quilted lined sleeves. The main zipper is a post-war Talon. The prong is still attached to the zipper tape, but is coming away from the body of the jacket, so a new zipper may be in order. The pocket zipper appears to have had the puller chain replaced with a piece of wire some time back. The jacket has a one piece back, knit waistband and cuffs, epaulettes and flannel lined handwarmer pockets. The leather is heavily grained with a great patina. There is definite wear to it, and some small light patches of paint, but there are no holes or tears. The knits have some mothing, and it looks from the difference in color that either the cuffs or the waistband are are replacement. The aplaca pile lining shows wear, where bits of the pile have worn down to the fabric. There are three ventilation grommets under each arm.
Chest (pit to pit): 22″
This vintage overcoat was made in the years following WWII. This style was popular in the late 1940s in through about the mid 1950s. It is a double breasted gabardine overcoat, with a mouton collar. The body is lined in alpaca pile, the sleeves are quilted. The collar on this one is the nicest I’ve seen, so luxuriously soft. The shoulders are wide and heavily padded, for that early bold look. There are a few small mothnips on the sleeve, but they’re minor. The belt is detachable, allowing you to wear it with a full belt, a half belt or no belt at all.
This vintage overcoat was made in the 1930s by Armorknit and was sold by Kennedy’s under their “Club Clothes” Label. It is marked a size 40, but has a 52″ chest measurement, placing it squarely in larger territory. It has a 1936 union tag, which places its date of manufacture between 1936 and 1939. It has wide notch lapels, raglan shoulders, and button cuffs. There is a chew on the hem near the corner, and some staining to the lining near the label. This is some of the weightiest overcoat material I’ve felt- it really lives up to the “Armorknit” name.
Chest: 26″Length: 47″Center to Cuff: 36″
This vintage coat was made in the 1930s and was sold by Aune and Thune of Redwood Falls, MN. It is made from an alpaca and wool blend, in an unusual stone green color. The coat is not in the best of shape, with a lot of wear wear to the top buttonhole and surrounding fabric, and moth damage to the surface of the fabric, particularly near the bottom hem. The manufacturer’s label also shows heavy wear. The coat is a classic six buttoned double breasted cut. It has cuffed sleeves, contrast caramel colored buttons, and a belted back. Chest: 22″ Sleeve (center to cuff): 33″ Length (collar to hem): 48″
This vintage short overcoat was sold by the BR Baker Company of Cleveland. It is made of a fine cotton cord material (Bedford Cord?). It is fully alpaca lined, in both the body and sleeves. There are knit storm cuffs. The coat has a mouton collar, though it feels like the back part has stiffened somewhat. There are beltloops, but the belt is missing. The coat has contrast caramel colored buttons and a plain back. The collar is zig zag stitched. The coat has seen a good bit of work in its day and has many worn spots and period repairs. There is a silk or rayon patch inside, where material was removed at some point to patch the elbow. It is a young man’s style, marked a size 18. Many of these young men’s styles crossed over into workwear territory. The styling is very similar to its cousin, the shawl collar mackinaw. The coat has flapped pockets, and handwarmer pockets with triangular end reinforcements.
Chest (pit to pit): 22″ (doubled = 44″ = size 40)Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 22-1/2″Shoulder to Shoulder: 18-1/2″Length (collar to hem): 34-1/2″
This is just a sample. There are even more that have yet to be photographed. There’s something for everyone. Coats from the ”30s, ’40s, ’40s and ’60s. Double breasted, Single breasted. Wool, leather, fur, it’s all here.