1940s Canadian sweater

http://www.ebay.com/itm/272137459625

This was sold to me as being early 1930s, hand knit in British Columbia for a First Nations wedding.  With the style of Lightning zipper stopbox it has, I don’t think I quite buy that provenance, but I will say it is an early one for the zip front cardigan style that would come to be so iconic in Canadian culture, most likely dating from the late 1940s.

Chest (pit to pit): 16-1/2″ (doubled = 33″)

Shoulder to shoulder: 18″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 18″
Length (base of collar to hem): 22″
 

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Shawl Collar moose sweater

http://www.ebay.com/itm/271992156496
This vintage sweater was hand knit. It has raglan shoulders, a shawl collar, a moose, pine trees and birds theme and a Talon zipper.

Chest (pit to pit): 22″ (doubled = 44″)
Sleeve (center of collar to cuff):33″
Length (base of collar to hem): 27-1/2″

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Alaska hand knit cowichan sweater

http://www.ebay.com/itm/400989047399
This vintage sweater was made in the late 1960s-1970s. It is green with a polar bear and “Alaska” on the back. It does not have a zipper or buttons, though one could easily be added, and is fully lined, though the lining is not sewn down at the cuffs or hem.

Chest (pit to pit): 24″ (doubled = 48″)
Cuff to center of collar: 30″
Length (Base of collar to hem): 29-1/2″

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1960s horse themed curling sweater

http://www.ebay.com/itm/281601629291
This vintage sweater was hand-knit in the 1960s. It has an equestrian theme, with a horse head on the back and a horseshoe on the front. It has the original owner’s name, Bill, knit into the pattern. The cardigan has a Talon zipper, of the design which was used starting in the late 1950s.

Chest (pit to pit, unstretched): 22″ (doubled = 44″)
Chest (pit to pit, stretched): 30″ (doubled = 60″)
Center of collar to end of sleeve: 36″
Length (Base of collar to hem): 23″

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Pheasant Sweater

http://www.ebay.com/itm/271246715460
This vintage shawl collar sweater was made by the Standard Knitting Co., LTD of Canada under their “Tundra” label.It has coin style buttons and knit in patterns of pheasants.

Chest (pit to pit, unstretched): 21″
Chest (pit to pit, stretched): 36″
Shoulder to shoulder: 19″
Shoulder to cuff: 29″
Length: 32″

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Five Pin Bowling Sweater

I found this vintage sweater in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. It is handmade from a pattern by the Canadian company, Mary Maxim dating to the 1960s, and depicts the sport of Five Pin Bowling, played only in Canada. Watch the video below to see another one of these sweaters in action.
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