1930s-1940s Penney’s Brown Tweed Suit

This vintage suit was made in the late 1930s – mid 1940s and was sold by the J.C. Penny Co., Inc. It is made of flecky brown Donegal Tweed, in a three button cut. The jacket has a purple half-lining. There is a faded union label in the pocket, unfortunately now illegible. The patns have buttons for braces, dropped narrow belt loops and a Serval zipper. They are cuffed.

Chest (pit to pit): 21″ (doubled = 42″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 18″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 23″
Length (base of collar to hem): 28-1/2″

Waist (side to side): 15″ (doubled = 30″)
Outseam: 40″
Inseam: 29″
Rise: 11″

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Bold Tweed Overcoat


This vintage overcoat was made in the 1930s or 1940s.  It has a classic double breasted cut, with a belted back. It has flapped patch pockets, and is half lined.  But what really sets it apart from the crowd is the fabric.  This is the boldest herringbone I’ve seen outside of an Apparel Arts illustration.  Unfortunately, the label is long gone. The fabric has multicollored pre-atomic flecks of red, green and white.
Chest: 24″
Shoulder to Shoulder: 18″
Sleeve: 25″
Length: 52″