This vintage jacket was made in England in the 1970s by Ibex of England – “Elegance in Leather”. It is made of what feels like lightweight deer, in a six pocket pattern made famous by East West Leathers. Aero Leathers made a version as the “Hippie Jacket” and Levis made one as the “Scorched Up” jacket. This is a real deal ’70s original. It has a six pocket front. The top two are open, the bottom four are pleated and flapped, and the bottom two have buckled belts assuring a secure closure. The back has side adjusters, and the sleeves have motorcycle jacket style zippers. Zippers are all English Clix brand. The jacket has a western style back yoke as well as pleats. The sleeve zippers have distinctive u shaped surrounds. The jacket is tagged a size 40.
Tagged size: 40
Chest (pit to pit): 21″
Shoulder to shoulder: 17″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 25″
Length (base of collar to hem): 22-1/2″
This vintage, Korean War issue G-1 USN leather flight jacket was made in Boston in the 1950s by the A Pritzker company. It is made of goatskin, with a belted back, bi-swing shoulders, underarm gussets and a mouton collar. The zipper is a Conmar, though the slider has been replaced with a newer Talon. There are stitch marks from the original owner’s nametag and a large patch on the chest. The original owner also added a map of Japan lining panel, having the original Pritzker tag re-sewn on the new panel.
Pit to pit: 22-1/2″ (doubled = 45″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 19″
This vintage plaid wool workshirt was made by the Big Indian Shirt company. This is their early yellow and black label with tipis, which was used in the 1920s through the early 1930s. There are two breast pockets. The left one is cut to hold a pen. The collar has a nice shape, with a dramatic undercurve. The tails have gussets.
While most plaid shirts like this were made by outdoors companies like Woolrich, Big Indian was exclusively a workwear company, producing primarily in chambray. Their popularity peaked in the mid 1920s.
Chest (pit to pit): 22″
Shoulder to shoulder: 17″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 23-1/2″
These vintage work trousers were made in Canada by “Murphy Made – Strong as an Elephant”. They are a heavy gray wool salt and pepper twill. The waistband has a snap closure and a oval Lightning zipper. They have wide beltloops and a watch pocket, with suspender buttons on the inside of the waistband.
Waist: 18″ (doubled = 36″)
This vintage leather jacket was made by the Monarch company, a legendary leather jacket company of the golden era, who held an A-2 contract during the war. This is an aviator / motorcycle style, with an asymmetrical front zip , two flapped pockets, and two map pockets. It has epaulettes, belted sleeve cuffs, and a bi-swing half-belted back. The main zip is a triple marked sunburst Talon. The tab on the male side (the side without the puller) is missing. It’s still zip-able, but it takes a little bit to get the teeth to mesh initially. The chain zippers on the two map pockets are also talons. There are two ventilation grommets under each arm. The jacket is made of colt leather, a type of horsehide. There is damage to the cuffs, and cracking to the collar. The left shoulder has some flaking and the lining has wear and some moth damage. This jacket has been worn and has acquired a fantastic patina over the years.
16″ lace up wingtip boots from the 1930s, a brown leather motorcycle jacket from the ’50s or so, Pall Mall cigarettes with a 1949 tax stamp, a made in Japan “Sabre” knife, vintage bandanna, belt and a silver and turquoise ring. Not a lot of brown leather going in motorcycle gear these days.
I was extremely lucky to find this Brown’s Beach Jacket in Woodside, Nova Scotia a few years back. It’s probably of 1950s manufacture, and with its Beach cloth, knit outside, fleeced inside, it is both warm and lightweight. This one is made of the blue beach cloth, rather than the more common gray. The jacket has Scovill snaps. As you can see by the pocket stitching in particular, the quality on these, at least by the ’50s, was somewhat hit or miss. It cracks me up with reproductions of items like this, which were utilitarian and mass produced. In so many cases the reproductions available today are of better quality and construction than the originals.
These jackets have become huge with workwear collectors. This one sold for around $1100.