This vintage jacket was made in Seattle, Washington by the Seattle Woolen Company. The company was founded in 1891 by Thomas Eddy Eyanson and produced garments for rugged outdoor wear, catering to the flood of people leaving for Alaska through Seattle. They were the first woolen mill in Washington State, and were headquartered in Kirkland Washington, directly across from downtown Seattle. After Eyanson’s death in 1908, his son Edward Eyanson took over the mill. They produced fabrics for Filson as well as selling garments under their own name. Note the extreme similarity in label design between that of The Seattle Woolen Co and CC Filson of the same period.
The jacket is a waist length cut with peak lapels and a button front. The pockets are all trimmed in leather for extra durability. There are spacious canvas pockets inside.
Chest (pit to pit): 20-1/2″
Shoulder to shoulder: 17″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 24″
Length (base of collar to hem): 22″
This vintage jacket was made by the C.C. Filson company of Seattle, Washington in the 1910s or early 1920s. It is in remarkably good condition- the best I’ve seen. The label bears their early 1011 First Avenue address. By 1924, Filson had re-located down the block to 1005 First Ave, then again in 1930 to 1001 2nd ave, updating their label accordingly each move. This conclusively dates from the 1910s or early 1920s. The label is of the early style, reading, “C.C. Filson Co / 1011 1st Ave / Seattle Wash / Manufacturers / Complete Outfitters / For Miners, Prospectors, Lumbermen”. At this time, Seattle was still the jumping-off-point for Alaska, and Filson advertised themselves as a “Complete Alaska Outfitter”. Later on, the “Might As Well Have The Best” slogan would come into usage.
The jacket is a heavy dry tin-cloth canvas. It has half-moon pockets on the front, leading to an internal unlined game-bag. Flaps on the back lead to this pocket as well. This creates a double thickness of high quality canvas throughout the coat, making for a durable garment. The collar is corduroy, and has a matching corduroy throat latch / chin strap. The shoulders are reinforced against wear when carrying loads. The hip pockets are of the early double-round style, and share a common pocket flap. The main breast pocket is similarly enormous, with a more regularly sized pocket overtop. The underarms have football gussets for a greater range of motion. The cuffs are lined with wool, and close with United Carr snaps. The snaps, both on the cuffs and the breast pocket, are of the early printed type, and still are very clear.
Chest (pit to pit): 21″
Shoulder to Shoulder: 17-1/2″
Sleeve (Shoulder to cuff): 24″