Windward horsehide jacket

http://www.ebay.com/itm/401050452234

This vintage jacket was made in the early-mid 1950s under the Windward label for Montgomery Ward. It is made of horse hide leather in a surcoat length half-belt cut. It has handwarmer pockets, a zipped breast pocket and flapped cargo pockets.  The jacket has a quilted lining.

Chest (pit to pit): 21″ (doubled = 42″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 18″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 24-3/4″
Length (base of collar to hem): 29-3/4″

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1930s-1940s capeskin aviator jacket

http://www.ebay.com/itm/272084670975

This vintage leather jacket was made in the late 1930s-early 1940s. It is made from capeskin leather in an aviator style, with an offset zipper, handwarmer pockets and large map pocket.  It has a half-belt back with yoked shoulders and a center pleat.  The lining appears to be a replacement.
Chest (pit to pit): 21″ (doubled = 42″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 17-1/2″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 25-1/2″
Length (base of collar to hem): 23-1/2″

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1930s Cossack jacket

http://www.ebay.com/itm/272084670989

This vintage leather jacket was made in the mid 1930s.  It is made from heavy leather, with an incredible grain to many of the panels.With such heavy wear and differences panel to panel, it’s hard to make a definitive asdessment of the leather,  Panels like the back feel distinctly horsehide, but some of the grainier ones remind me more of a heavy buckskin. Either way, phenominal grain and patina.  It is an early style Cossack jacket, with a leather waistband and short rounded collar. The front of the jacket has some rare detailing, with yoked shoulders leading to a vertical front seam.  It has handwarmer pockets with flapped top entry pockets.  The handwarmers close with large early production United Carr snaps of a variant I have never seen before. They are trimmed with scalloped stitching. The main zipper is an early (mid 1930s) sunburst stop box Talon which has been repaired at some point with a 1950s slider. The zipper needs to be replaced. The back is yoked, with a half-belt, center seam and decorative pleats. There are stitched eyelets to the underarm panels. The jacket is missing the lining.
Chest (pit to pit): 21-1/2″ (doubled = 43″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 19″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 24-1/4″
Length (base of collar to hem): 23″

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Schott Half-belt leather jacket

http://www.ebay.com/itm/272084671032

This jacket was made by Schott Bros. of New York under their Rancher label. It is made of heavy steerhide leather, with a no. 10 Ideal zipper front, handwarmer pockets, flapped cargo pockets and a half-belt back.  It has bi-swing shoulders and a plaid lining.

Chest (pit to pit): 22″ (doubled = 44″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 17-3/4″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 25-1/4″
Length (Base of collar to hem): 26-1/2″

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1930s Alaskan horsehide jacket

http://www.ebay.com/itm/401045337942

This vintage leather jacket was made in the mid 1930s by Alaskan from genuine front quarter horse-hide.  It has a pin-lock grommet zipper made by Talon. The jacket has a half-belt, a yoked back and really nicely detailed pleats, which mirror the detailing on the pockets.  There are side adjusters and cuffs with double buttons.

Chest (pit to pit): 20-1/2″ (doubled = 41″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 17″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 23-1/2″
Length (base of collar to hem): 24-1/4″

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Ralph Lauren wool Half-Belt

http://www.ebay.com/itm/272084684296

This jacket was made by Ralph Lauren under the Polo label.  It was part of their Sun Valley collection. The jacket is based on 1930s wool work jackets, with a fold-out vest/chest protector, buttoned throat latch, half-belt back, low slung buttoned side adjusters, buckled cuff belts, and a zipped breast pocket.  The main zipper is a bell-shaped Talon repro.

Chest (pit to pit): 24″ (doubled = 48″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 20-1/2″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 26″
Length (base of collar to hem): 25″

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Sportclad double breasted mackinaw

http://www.ebay.com/itm/272052098096

This vintage mackinaw was made in the late 1930s-early 1940s for Penneys and was sold under their Sportclad label.  It is a blue-green and brown plaid, with a belt back, double breasted cut, has handwarmer and flapped cargo pockets, and as typical of these early coats, is unlined.

Chest (pit to pit): 23″ (doubled = 46″)

Shoulder to shoulder: 20″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 23-7/8″
Length (base of collar to hem): 31″

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