Saddle Sturdy Brand western suit

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This vintage suit was made by Glenshore of Denver Colorado under their Saddle Sturdy Brand label.  The suit is made of a fantastic brown fabrick with red, white and blue flecks.  The suit has a three buton front, pleated pockets, a square cutaway, and front and back yokes.

Chest (pit to pit): 23-1/2″ (doubled = 47″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 19″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 26-3/4″
Length (base of collar to hem): 31″
Waist (side to side): 16″ (Doubled = 32″)
Outseam: 42″
Inseam: 29-1/2″
Rise: 12-1/2″

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1950s Allen western suit

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This vintage western suit was made in the early-mid 1950s in Denver, Colorado by the Allen Mfg. Co.  It is made from gray wool with a purple and brown fleck.  The suit has a three button front, square cutaway, peak lapels, four western “smile” pockets and a yoked back.  The pants have pearl snap back buttons, fancy pockets and western belt loops.

Chest (pit to pit):22″ (doubled = 44″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 18-1/2″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 25-1/2″
Length (base of collar to hem): 29-3/4″
Waist (side to side): 17″  (doubled = 34″)
Outseam: 44″
Inseam: 32″
Rise: 12″

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1970s Grassfields tweed suit

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This vintage suit was made in the 1970s and was sold by Grassfield’s of Denver, Colorado.  Made from an incredibly heavy herringbone tweed with a subtle rust colored stripe, it has a two button front and fully lined pants. The jacket is half-lined. Very professorial, and obviously very expensive and high quality when new.

Tagged size: 42L
Chest (pit to pit): 22″ (doubled = 44″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 18″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 26-1/4″
Length (base of collar to hem): 33″
Waist (side to side): 17″ (doubled = 34″)
Outseam: 44″
Inseam: 32″
Rise. 12″

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1943 dated Blum & Nelson overcoat

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This vintage overcoat was made in September of 1943 by Blum and Nelson, the US National Bank Building, Denver, Colorado. It is double breasted, with a 3×6 closure and a breast pocket.

Chest (pit to pit): 27″ (doubled = 54″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 21″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 25″
Length (Base of collar to hem): 43-1/4″

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1940s Allen western suit

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This vintage suit was made in the late 1940s in Denver, Colorado by the Allen Mfg. Co. It is made of 100% Virgin Wool gabardine. This style of western suit came into being just after WWII, and was sort of a greatest hits version of details of 1930s suits, with its saddlebag patch pockets, wide peak lapels, bi-swing shoulders and suppressed waist. The square cutaway, popular in the 1910s-1920s, gives the suit a western flair, as do the fancy pockets on the pants and the wide belt loops. The pants are flat front and cuffless.

Chest (pit to pit): 22″ (doubled = 44″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 18″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 24-1/4
Length (base of collar to hem): 29″

Waist (side to side): 18″ (doubled = 36″)
Outseam: 42″
Inseam: 30-1/2″ (3″ in hem, so probably about 2.5″ that could be let out)
Rise: 11.5″

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1930s Allen Stockman suit

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This vintage suit was made in the 1930s in Denver Colorado by Allen Brand, maker of stockman’s garments. It is made of heavyweight mackinaw wool, with a waist length jacket. The jacket is button front, with a double button waistband and buttoned side adjusters. The pants are flat front, button fly, cuffless, and have western style belt loops. As was typical in this era of workwear and outerwear made from materials like this, the jacket and pants are unlined. The jacket has a honorable discharge “ruptured duck” pin in one lapel and an American Legion pin in the other. When I bought this suit, I was told that it was worn home after WWII by its original owner, and stored unworn since 1946.

Chest (pit to pit): 22″ (doubled = 44″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 18″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 23-1/2″
Length (base of collar to hem): 24-1/2″

Waist (side to side): 16″ (doubled = 32″)
Outseam: 40-1/2″
Inseam: 30-1/2″
Rise: 10″

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Denver Colorado made custom deerskin leather jacket

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This vintage jacket was likely made in Denver, Colorado in the 1950s. It is made of deerskin leather, and has all the unusual details which I have only found on Denver based custom makers, like the trapezoidal reinforcement stitching at the base of the bi-swing shoulders, the button front, the slightly narrower than typical belt to the half-belt back, the style of pleats to the back, the flapped patch pockets, the extra long cuffs, the seam in the lining at the belt-line. This one doesn’t have a label, but A.T. Hendrick is one of the Denver makers which also exhibit all the eccentricities of this pattern. I have had other jackets of theirs from the late 1930s and 1930s. This one feels a bit more refined, a bit later, but still has the distinctive detailing held over from the patterns of the 1930s, modified with a bit of extra length, an additional breast pocket, and tweaks to the collar.

Chest (pit to pit): 22″ (doubled = 44″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 19″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 25-1/2″
Length (base of collar to hem): 29-1/2″

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1940s Allen gabardine western cossack jacket

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This vintage jacket was made in the late 1940s by the Allen Mfg. Co. of Denver Colorado. While Allen primarily made westernwear, this jacket seems to fit more into the mold of 1940s California sportswear. It is a waist length Cossack style, with pleated patch pockets. Their angled tops wrap around into the buttoned side adjuster belts. There is a single chest pocket with a Conmar chain zipper. The main zipper is a spring loaded Crown with the “two way” teeth developed by them during WWII. It has a bi-swing back.

Chest (pit to pit): 24″ (doubled = 48″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 19″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 25″
Length (Base of collar to hem): 26″

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AT Hendrick 1940s buckskin half-belt leather jacket

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This vintage leather jacket was made in the 1940s by A.T. Hendrick. It is made of soft, high quality buckskin leather, in a button front waist-length half-belt style. The buttons are leather “football” knot style. It has fancy bellows patch pockets, and an action back. The chest pocket has a Talon chain zipper of the type used in the 1940s.

A bit about the maker: Allie T. Hendricks was born on January 27, 1896. He worked as a clothes cleaner through the 1920s and into the 1930s. In 1936, he opened his own tailor shop in the one bedroom house at 1796 Trenton St., Denver, CO which he shared with his wife, Marie. Early directory listings indicate he produced leather jackets exclusively. Later ones use the broader term “leather goods”. Like many small western leather shops, it seems he specialized in buckskin.
There is a bit of confusion over the name – his own labels read “AT Hendrick” (no S), but his directory listings and social security records spell it “Hendricks”. He died in early 1981, aged 84.

Chest: 21″ (doubled = 42″)
Shoulder to Shoulder: 17″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 25-1/2″
Length: 27″

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The home where Hendricks produced his leather jackets

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