United Costumers Elevator Operator Jacket

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This vintage jacket was made in the 1930s for United Costumers, Inc., an early Hollywood costume house catering to the film industry.  This one is an elevator operator’s uniform.  It is double breasted, with metal buttons and a black collar.  There is black sleeve piping and the remains of stitching from where a diamond shaped patch was removed from the sleeve.

Tagged size: 35
Chest (pit to pit): 19″ (doubled = 38″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 17″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 22-1/2″
Length (Base of collar to hem): 26-1/2″

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1964 Warner Brothers Cavalry Shirt

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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″

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Deadstock 1920s Gordon Hat

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This vintage homburg was made in the 1920s by the Gordon hat company.  It is an early soft felt style, made before the current definitions of “fedora” and “homburg” had come to be.  It is somewhere between the two, with brim flanging similar to a homburg or a lord’s hat, but with a stitched overwelt brim.  It has a distinctive wide wale grosgrain ribbon and substantial double bow.  It has an unreeded sweatband, still soft and in excellent condition, with all stitching present and accounted for.  It has an incredibly detailed seal imprinted on the leather, and on the lining.  The lining is of a fancy style which fell out of fashion in the 1930s.  The sweatband has a taped, rather than a stitched rear seam, a detail rarely seen on later US made hats.  It has a sticker size tag (also common in the 1920s era), which is in excellent condition.  There is the early style large union tag under the sweatband, along with an early style size stamp.  The condition of this hat, particularly the presence of details like the perfectly clean size tag, indicate this hat was rarely, if ever worn.  It’s a truly incredible time capsule of a hat, produced almost 90 years ago.Size: 7-1/4Brim Width: 2-1/2″Ribbon Width: 2-1/4″    Photobucket

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