This vintage jacket was made in the 1980s France by Alvin York, heavily influenced by the eccentric design of the 1940s Swedish leather tanker jacket. There’s something interesting about a jacket being made in France, reproducing the style of a Swedish jacket of the 1940s, while using the name of Sgt. York, a WWI American war hero on the label. The jacket is made of heavyweight two-tone suede. Like the original, it has a band collar, an internal row of fasteners with a wide wrap which fastens by the side seam, and that oh so distinctive large map pocket right in the center of the chest. This version adds handwarmer pockets and trades out some of the fiddly buttons and fasteners of the original for simpler, and more practical given the material, snaps. Just like the originals, this one sports a generously oversized cut. While it’s a 1940s design, the whole package still looks futuristic today.
Chest (pit to pit): 26″ (doubled = 52″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 19″
Waist (side to side): 19″ (doubled = 38″)
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 25-1/2″
Length (base of collar to hem): 24″
This jacket was made by Ralph Lauren under the Polo label, and has a design heavily influenced by sporting jackets of the 1930s, with its buttoned collar extension tab, saddlebag pockets and belt-back. Tagged a size M, this measures out a a size 36.
Chest (pit to pit): 20″ (doubled = 40)
Shoulder to shoulder: 18-1/2″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 24″
Length (base of collar to hem): 31″
This vintage jacket was made in the 1950s by H Bar C Ranchwear under the Ranch Jac label. It is made of 100% wool, in a striped blanket pattern. This jacket follows the classic mid-weight western jacket pattern of the ’50s, with its square cutaway, peak lapels and bi-swing shoulders. It trades in the fancy yokework found on the shoulders of some of these models, opting instead for the visual interest of the striped fabric.
Chest (pit to pit): 22-1/2″ (doubled = 45″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 18″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 25-1/4″
Length (base of collar to hem): 30-1/2″
This jacket was made in the 1980s in Canada by Paragon under the Dallas label. It is made of a wool blend flecky tweed, with black suedette trim on the shoulder yokes and pocket trim.
Chest (pit to pit): 22″ (doubled = 44″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 18″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 26-3/4″
Length (base of collar to hem): 29-1/2″
This vintage jacket is an an N-1 deck jacket, manufactured for the US navy. It is the light shade of olive drab, which has been further faded through usage. It has an alpaca pile rounded collar and lining. The collar had a extension throat latch / chin strap. The main zipper is an early two-way tooth large gauge Crown, with riveted top stops. It has handwarmer pockets, internal storm cuffs, a drawstring waist, and a buttoned placket over the zip.
Chest (pit to pit): 25″ (doubled = 50″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 19-1/2″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 25″
Length (base of collar to hem): 27″
This vintage flight helmet was made in the 1920s. It is made of leather, with a two contrast color racing stripes down the middle. It has snap-down tabs to hold your goggles. The snaps are from the United States Fastener Company, with merged with Carr Fastener in 1929 to form United Carr, so the hardware dates from before this merger, helping to date the helmet. It it stamped a size medium, and a style 113. It measures 20″ in circumference.
This vintage jacket was made around 1910. It is made of white wool flannel, with a dramatic cutaway, unvented back, single button functional cuffs, mother of pearl buttons and a five button (3 functional) front. The shoulder seams are steeply back-slanted, the jacket is half-lined, and it has two steeply slanted internal breast pockets and an internal ticket pocket. I was told this was originally purchased in Big Timber, Montana, though there are no tags left in the jacket.
Chest (pit to pit): 21″ (doubled = 42″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 15-1/2″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 23-3/4″
Length (Base of collar to hem): 31″