Early 1950s one star motorcycle jacket

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This vintage leather jacket was made in the early 1950s.  It is made of Front Quarter Horsehide, in a classic motorcycle jacket cut, with an offset zipper, cigarette pocket, handwarmer pockets, epaulettes, belted waist and chest pocket.  The main zipper is a Talon, of an design used in the early 1950s with a U shaped, wide rib, unmarked stopbox and square holed slider.  The bell shaped zips on the sleeves are unmarked.  The chest pocket zip has an enamel Triumph Twin badge and the front of the jacket has an American Motorcyclist Association enamel pin. The epaulettes have star studs and the jacket has bi-swing shoulders.  The back panel has developed an amazing grain. The jacket has a quilted lining.
Chest (pit to pit): 20″ (doubled = 40″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 17″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 24-3/4″
Length (base of collar to hem): 21-3/4″

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1970s CHP leather jacket

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This vintage leather jacket was made in the 1970s.  It is a classic Columbia / CHP motorcycle style, with an offset zip (a heavy Talon), kidney panel with laced sides, epaulettes, zipped sleeves with mouton panels inside the cuffs, snapped belt loops and zipped handwarmer pockets.  This one is made from a heavy, competition weight leather.

Chest (pit to pit): 22″ (doubled = 44″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 18-1/2″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 24-1/4″
Length (base of collar to hem): 23-1/2″

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1950s D-Pocket leather jacket biker cut

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This vintage leather jacket was made in the 1950s, and was likely sold by Sears under the Fieldmaster label. This is distinguished as one of the earlier production Sears D-pockets by the small Talon zipper (before they switched to either larger Talons or Serval zips). This has a separate square bottomed patch pocket cigarette pocket, which was replaced by the late 1950s-early 1960s by a internal pocket with just the flap. The D-pocket is also a separate piece of leather, while on later manufactured versions (with either the Oakbrook or Leather Shop labels) the pocket was accomplished with stitching and a welt. This also has a tunneled belt loop through the kidney panel rather than the attached quarter belts of later versions. The earliest Sears branded D-Pockets were produced under contract by Buco in Detroit, Michigan, while later 1950s versions were produced in California. At some point, this jacket was used by a member of a biker gang, as evidenced by stitch marks left by the removal of a club insignia and top and bottom rockers. The Harley Davidson patch, which would have been added by the jacket’s owner, and which would not have been the property of the club, is still on the jacket’s kidney panel. With a chest measurement of 46″, this would fit a 42 if worn over a shirt, or roughly a 38-40 if worn over a denim jacket

Chest (pit to pit): 23″ (doubled = 46″)
Waist (side to side): 18-1/2″ (doubled = 37″)
Shoulder to shoulder:19″
Length (base of collar to hem): 21″

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Diagonal Zip Vintage Leather Jackets

The black leather jacket epitomized by the Schott Perfecto wasn’t always the motorcycle jacket default. Here is a small sample of diagonal zip leather jackets, ancestors of the style, which date from the 1930s-1960s. Top to bottom: Monarch, no label capeskin, Foster Sportswear, British Sportswear, no label Columbia. The silver British Sportswear jackets has exposed studs on the lapels, but none on the collar. The Columbia has concealed studs on both. The top three have none. They display a variety of pocket styles and placements, and of cuff styles.

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