This vintage jacket was made in the 1940s as a souvenir of a tour in China. It is a waist length wool jacket, with shirt style pockets and an extension tab waistband. The quality of the wool makes me think the jacket itself was Theatre made rather than a cut down uniform. It is embroidered with dragons on the insides of the cuffs, liberty cuff style, a junk and a rickshaw on the breast pockets, and a dragon on the back. The back reads, “Tsing Tao, Hong Kong, Shanghai, China, 1948”. The front of the jacket bears the original owner’s name, Don C. Yanders, who served aboard submarines during WWII and who was stationed in China in the immediate post-war years.
Chest (pit to pit): 19″ (doubled = 38″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 18″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 25-1/2″
Length (base of collar to hem): 22″
This vintage vest was made in the late war period. It is green cotton with an alpaca pile lining. It has a mid-late 1940s round hole Talon zipper, and a full embroidered back with a dragon and the years 1945-1946.
Chest (side to side): 21″ (doubled = 42″)
1940s “Imperial Cap Works” Flat cap. They just don’t make caps like this any more. Not with this shape, this cut, this fabric. Modern caps just don’t cut it in the looks department. But these old ones are a pain to find and to recognize when going through page after page of terrible ebay ads.