Here’s another piece from the collection.
This suit was originally owned by a country/western performer named Robert Frost. Unfortunately I have been able to find out very little about him. The suit is a home-made job from the ’60s, in the style of the Nudie suits worn by Porter Wagoner. If anyone has any info on it, I’d love to hear from you.
I saw one of these on Ira Gitlin at the Blob’s Park Buddy Holly tribute concert back in early February, and commented on what a cool jacket it was. Somewhat weirdly, the next day I found a nearly identical jacket and snapped it up. It’s funny how the world works.
This vintage jacket was made in the 1950s by Gordon and Ferguson of St. Paul, MN under their Field and Stream label. It is a western style jacket, with peak lapels, buttoned saddlebag pockets, and a yoked back with bi-swing shoulders.
Shoulder to Shoulder: 18″
Shoulder to cuff: 24″
This one is long since sold, but is an unusual example. You don’t see too many green felts, to begin with. This one has delicate ventilation holes, a light colored sweatband, and a fancy bow. It appears that at some point the hat was reversed, maybe to even out wear so as to avoid a hole at the pinch? The model is “The Polo”.
This vintage cowboy hat was made in the 1960s by Eddy brothers of California. It is marked a 5X beaver quality. The X system is, unfortunately entirely meaningless, as it differs wildly manufacturer to manufacturer, model to model and year to year. It is marked “water repellent” and has a red liner. The felt has stains, pen marks, a few small moth bites, and it looks like someone had a pin in the front of the crown. It has a two cord band, a flat brim and a cattleman’s crease.
This Sears mail order wool felt cowboy hat dates from the 1930s through mid 1940s. It was an inexpensive working man’s hat, and while it has a cheap wool felt body, it has a nice leather sweatband and good quality ribbon work. Usually companies skimp on costs the other way around.
Why should ’60s Nashville stars have all the fun? Found this original suit on eBay. Sadly, the pants are much too short. Definitely not an all-the-time thing, but it puts a smile on my face to drag it out from time to time.