1958 Australian Ike Jacket Battledress

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This jacket was made in 1958 by the Commonwealth Government Clothing Factory in Bank Street, South Melbourne, Australia for the Australian army. It is marked a size 13 in their military sizing. Please refer to to the measurements for a good fit.

Chest (pit to pit): 23″ (doubled = 46″)
Waist: 17″ (doubled = 34″)
Shoulder to shoulder:19-1/2″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 24-1/2″
Length (base of collar to hem): 22″

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1940s Seattle Woolen Company jacket

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This vintage jacket was made in Seattle, Washington by the Seattle Woolen Company. The company was founded in 1891 by Thomas Eddy Eyanson and produced garments for rugged outdoor wear, catering to the flood of people leaving for Alaska through Seattle. They were the first woolen mill in Washington State, and were headquartered in Kirkland Washington, directly across from downtown Seattle. After Eyanson’s death in 1908, his son Edward Eyanson took over the mill. They produced fabrics for Filson as well as selling garments under their own name. Note the extreme similarity in label design between that of The Seattle Woolen Co and CC Filson of the same period.
The jacket is a waist length cut with peak lapels and a button front. The pockets are all trimmed in leather for extra durability. There are spacious canvas pockets inside.

Chest (pit to pit): 20-1/2″
Shoulder to shoulder: 17″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 24″
Length (base of collar to hem): 22″

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Los Angeles Sportogs leather jacket

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This vintage leather jacket was made in California in the 1940s by Los Angeles Sportogs.  It is a battledress/ Ike jacket influenced style, probably produced just after the war.  It has stitched down epaulettes, a sptread collar and a front belt closure. The front is closed with a short deco sunburst talon zipper.  The front pockets and label are missing, but I have seen one other example of this jacket sell about four years ago, and another example in a Japanese vintage leather book.  I’ve rented this one out, and it has appeared on several album covers, including Deanna Bogart’s “Pianoland” and Merl Johnson’s “Better Man”.Chest: 23″ (doubled =46″)Shoulder to Shoulder: 19″Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 23″    Photobucket

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Allen Stockman Suit

I got this vintage suit in today. In the pocket was a letter from the original owner’s wife dated 1947. The original owner’s armed services honorable discharge pin is still on the lapel. I’m not clear on whether this suit is pre-war or immediately post-war, but it seems that it hasn’t been worn in 65 years.

If I had just seen the jacket of this, I would never have thought “suit”. The cut is classic sportswear, with a short body, button adjusters on the sides, an open collar and double buttoned waistband. The heavy material puts it squarely into the realm of someone who spends a lot of time out of doors. A real workwear look, especially with the construction of the pockets. Like some leather jackets of the period, there are suit style buttons on the sleeves. I would almost expect some sort of belted or sunburst pleated back on it, but other than the adjusters, it is just plain.
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This Eisenhower style jacket is unlined, with serged seams and a cotton reinforcement panel at the bottom edge.
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Now here’s where things really get interesting. It’s a suit! It has a button fly, wide fancy western style belt loops to accommodate a wide western belt. Watch pocket, and western style pockets.
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Made by Allen Brand
Stockman’s Garments
Denver, CO
Western Made for the Westerner

The jacket still bears the original owner’s ruptured duck discharge pin and American Legion pin
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Details of the Pocket and Cuff
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