This vintage cavalry shirt was made in the 1950s-early 1960s as a film costume for Warner Brothers westerns. The shirt has a strap going from the rear tail to buttons on the front, presumably to keep it tucked in while doing stunts, like the “beaver tails” on old wetsuits or football jerseys. The original brass buttons were removed, as were the shoulder boards, although the mounting hardware and reinforcement for those remains. It was almost definitely used in 1964’s big budget western, “A Distant Trumpet”, which starred Troy Donahue, Suzanne Pleshette and Diane McBain. The shirts in that film are recognizable by their high-cut bibs and full button placket, as opposed to the pullovers favored by the wardrobe departments on other cavalry movies like the John Ford / John Wayne cavalry trilogy.
Chest (pit to pit): 22-1/2″ (doubled – 45″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 18″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 24″
Length (base of collar to hem): 27″
These vintage leather breeches were part of an American GI’s estate, a bring-back from the war. They are leather with a sheepskin lining, designed for cold weather usage. I’m not sure whether they were intended for motorcycle or for aviation usage. Distinctively German yoked front. Fishtail back. Broadfall design with buttons on the hips. Back adjuster belt, button calves. The back cinch belt is broken, and there is some damage to the leather at the crotch and at the back, but overall, these are in very solid shape.
This vintage coat was made in 1948. It is french army issue, either for a motorcycle despatch rider, or for the cavalry. It has leg straps to keep it from flapping in the wind, and pass through slits instead of pockets. It has a small collar, raglan sleeves, an attached belt and metal buttons. There are buttons inside which look like they could attach to a liner.
Chest: 30″ (doubled = 60″ = size 56)