This vintage leather jacket was sold by Albackens of Malung, Sweden. The design is typical of what was coming out of German shops of this period. It is made of black goatskin, in a classic utility jacket style. It has a zipp zipper. There are a number of teeth missing on the zippers, but it still zips up well. There are buckle adjusters on the sides, and button tabs on the sleeves. The leather has a wonderful patina.
Chest (pit to pit): 19″ (38″ chest)
Shoulder to shoulder: 16″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 22″
This style is an oddity to be sure. The bottom half of the jacket has a conventional coat-style zipper in the center, single-breasted style. The top has a six-button, double breasted panel.
This Hudson’s Bay point blanket example sold on ebay a number of years ago.
An ad from 1939 for a similar style, also made from Hudson’s Bay point blanket material. Marketed in Children’s sizes.
A German ad from the same time frame, courtesy Florian Kremers. Also made from striped blanket material, but not Hudson’s Bay. The model name “Eskimo” references what seem to be the Canadian origins of this unusual style.
This hat was made in Germany and sold by Henri Henri of Montreal, Canada. The raw edge brim with minimal flanging makes me think this hat was released in the wake of the release of Indiana Jones, when this style made a resurgence. The hat originally sold for $245.
This German work jacket has some very interesting detailing. When you first put it on, you’ll notice the buttons. They’re on the left side of the jacket instead of the right. They button through one set of buttonholes on the right placket, then through a second set, on a fly on the right side, bringing them back to where they belong, and entirely sealing the front of the jacket up from gusts of wind and dust. The jacket is caped, with the cape forming the pocket flaps of the breast pocket. The lining of the cape is rubberized. Underneath, in the front and back, are a set of pass through slits, possibly for a harness of some kind. The collar has a button throat latch underneath. The cuffs are an unusual design, again allowing for a tight seal with no gaps. It has elbow reinforcements, an internal waist adjuster drawstring, and interior cargo pockets.
Chest (pit to pit): 21″
Shoulder to Shoulder: 17″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 24″
These vintage leather breeches were part of an American GI’s estate, a bring-back from the war. They are leather with a sheepskin lining, designed for cold weather usage. I’m not sure whether they were intended for motorcycle or for aviation usage. Distinctively German yoked front. Fishtail back. Broadfall design with buttons on the hips. Back adjuster belt, button calves. The back cinch belt is broken, and there is some damage to the leather at the crotch and at the back, but overall, these are in very solid shape.
This vintage leather overcoat was made post-WWII in Germany. It is a double breasted style, with yoked shoulders. It has a interior snap belt and exterior adjustable snap tab. The belt which would have gone overtop is missing.Chest: 22″Shoulder to Shoulder: 18″Sleeve: 25″
This vintage overcoat was made post-war by BWS. It is a classic german style, double breasted with no buttons. There is an elaborate setup whereby the interior side of the jacket is secured with snaps on a belt, and the exterior is fasted by means of a hook and clasp attached to the belt. It has a yoked front and back, belted cuffs, and an interior “zipp” branded zipper on the pocket. It is made of heavy dark green leather.
This vintage brown leather motorcycle jacket was made in Germany. It is shearling sheepskin, with leather detailing on the edges, pockets and adjuster straps. It has decorative stitching, a double breasted front and two handwarmer pockets. The female part of the middle snap is missing, and there is some discoloration on the collar. It has raglan shoulders, and is marked a German size 46, which equates to a US size 36. Due to the style of sleeve attachment and the cut, the chest measurement is significantly larger than the tagged size, but there is a dramatic drop from chest to waist, so please regard the tagged size of 36 as accurate.
Chest: 24″ (doubled =48″)
This is just a sample. There are even more that have yet to be photographed. There’s something for everyone. Coats from the ”30s, ’40s, ’40s and ’60s. Double breasted, Single breasted. Wool, leather, fur, it’s all here.
Canadian made Stetsons had gold foil tags. This one is also marked with a Canadian retailer’s stamp, so it’s easier to place the location of manufacture. It’s somewhere between a tyrolean and a pork pie in styling.