The plan was to make a run yesterday down to Dillon, in Southwest Montana. We stopped in Butte for lunch at the reopened M&M cigar store (founded 1890) and at a few antique shops. After a stop at Rediscoveries Vintage Clothing and a lot of shop talk with owner Brian Mogren, who’s owned it since 1980 and really knows his vintage, it started to snow. With deteriorating road conditions in the direction we were planning on traveling, we were forced to turn back to Bozeman, making a brief stop on the way back in Whitehall for some photos.
This vintage overcoat was made in the late 1930s and was sold by M.H. Schwartz, successor to Boucher’s, located in uptown Butte, Montana. M.H. Schwartz took over Boucher’s c. 1939 and used the “successor to” tagline in 1939 and 1940. The coat is extremely heavy wool, with a wide double breasted closure, broad lapels and handwarmer pockets. Just the thing for those harsh Montana winters, walking up the hill to and from the mine. The coat is fully lined and bears an Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America union label. With the way it is stitched into the coat, I can’t tell if it is a 1936 or a 1939 variant. With the c.1939 dating from the retailer’s history, either is possible.
Chest (pit to pit): 25″ (doubled = 50″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 19″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 26″
Length (Base of collar to hem): 45-1/2″
This vintage fedora was made in the 1940s by Royal Scot and was sold by Jim Spier in Butte, Montana. The hat has a striped grosgrain ribbon, a bound brim and a teardrop crease. The brown leather sweatband is unreeded, and the hat has a fancy pleated lining.
Brim Width 2-7/8″
Ribbon Width: 1-18″
Crown Height: 5-5/8″
This vintage cutaway coat was made in 1907 by Henry Jonas of Butte, Montana for M.A. Berger, a noted land agent in the Butte area in the late 1800s and early decades of the 1900s. Butte was well known in that period for its copper mining. The coat bears the label of the Journeyman Tailors of America union.
Chest (pit to pit): 20″
Shoulder to shoulder: 17-3/4″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 24″
Length (base of collar to hem): 36″
This vintage shirt was made in the 1930s and sold by Gronfein and Schwartz of Butte, Montana. It is made from Silk Radium, a fabric popular from about 1905-1935. It was a specially treated silk, developed to be extremely light weight, marketed as a summer shirt. It was an extremely expensive shirting material, selling for about four times what a comparable cotton shirt would. The shirt is cut long in the body, with gusseted side seams. It has small mother of pearl buttons, and a long 3-3/8″ spearpoint collar.
Chest (pit to pit): 26″
Shoulder to Shoulder: 20″
Shoulder to cuff: 26-1/2″
This vintage shirt was made by AHL fine shirts. It is an extremely fine and expensive grade of silk. It has twin breast pockets, hidden collar buttons and a chinstrap, and a half placket with curved tails. The shirt came from the same estate as another silk shirt I’m listing, which was originally sold in Butte, Montana.
Chest (pit to pit): 26″
Shoulder to Shoulder: 21″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 23-1/2″