This vintage vest was made in the early-mid 1940s by the Woolrich Woolen Mills of Woolrich, PA. It features their wartime pre-(R) smiling sheel label with a silver border and their wartime plain-top snaps. The vest has a four pocket front, snap front, buckle back and one interior pocket.
I was extremely lucky to find this Brown’s Beach Jacket in Woodside, Nova Scotia a few years back. It’s probably of 1950s manufacture, and with its Beach cloth, knit outside, fleeced inside, it is both warm and lightweight. This one is made of the blue beach cloth, rather than the more common gray. The jacket has Scovill snaps. As you can see by the pocket stitching in particular, the quality on these, at least by the ’50s, was somewhat hit or miss. It cracks me up with reproductions of items like this, which were utilitarian and mass produced. In so many cases the reproductions available today are of better quality and construction than the originals.
These jackets have become huge with workwear collectors. This one sold for around $1100.