Pre-War fantail talon zipper moneybelt

http://www.ebay.com/itm/281593545794
This vintage money belt was made in the 1930s. It is canvas, with a mid-1930s fantail Talon in a no. 5 size (this design was also made in smaller no. 3). It has a d-ring buckle setup with a long waist strap, making it adjustable to a variety of waist sizes. The moneybelt has three divisions inside, two smaller, one larger.

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1930s talon fantail zipper two tone sweater

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This vintage hand-knit heavy wool sweater is two-toned navy blue and cream. It has the original owner’s initials, RL, knit into the chest. It does up with a mid 1930s fantail Talon zipper with a grommet stopbox.

Chest (pit to pit): 22″ (doubled = 44″)
Center of collar to end of cuff: 36″
Length (base of collar to hem): 26-1/2″

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A guide to dating Talon Zippers

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Red Head Brand hunting vest

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This vintage hunting best was made by Red Head brand. The vest has a densely woven brown canvas duck shell. It has a five button front and knit loops for twenty four shotgun shells. Behind the buttons is a mid 1930s Talon zipper, a rare transitional model between the hookless style grommet zips of the early ’30s and the “deco” zips of the later 1930s. As you can see, the sunburst stopbox on this one has the “foot” of the earlier riveted model. The label’s somewhat perplexing, in that it bears the registered trademark symbol. The Lanham act of the 1940s regulated who could use this symbol, and generally you see it on garments of the 1940s and newer. I have seen other Redhead clothes with this version of the label attributed as being from the 1930s, and the zipper is fairly definitively datable to the middle of the 1930s. So- either Red Head was an early adopter of the symbol, or a 1930s zip was installed a decade after it was made.

Chest (pit to pit): 20-1/2″
Length: 18-3/4″

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