Hettrick American Field point blanket coat

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This vintage coat was made in the late 1940s-1950s by the Hettrick Mfg. Co of Toledo, Ohio under their “American Field” label.  The coat has some striking similarities to the blanket mackinaws made in this era by Congress Sportswear / Maine Guide, including the raw bottom edge and the rounded collar with peak lapels.  The coat is belted, with buttoned adjusters on the sleeves. More in keeping with the mackinaws of the 1930s, this one is made with unlined construction, save for the rayon lined sleeves.
Chest (pit to pit): 24″ (doubled = 48″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 21″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 23-1/4″
Length (base of collar to hem): 34″

The Hettrick Mfg. Co. was founded in 1893 (or 1891, depending on the source) in Toledo, Ohio as a manufacturer of canvas goods, largely awnings and wagon covers. In 1921, they launched the “American Field” line of hunting garments. A bit of a late comer to the hunting game, they advertised their coats as designed by an “old timer”. Their factory was located at 1401 Summit Street, Toledo, Ohio. Unlike most of the other manufacturers of hunting clothes, Hettrick maintained their other interests after entering the hunting market, producing everything from canvas lawn chairs to tricycles. Hettrick was purchased by the F&M Real Estate Company of Lowell, MA and in 1962, Hettrick closed its Ohio factories and moved to Statesville, NC to take advantage of the lower cost of manufacturing in the south. They moved production into the factory of the Empire Manufacturing Corp, who continued producing their own line from the same plant, with a secondary factory in Pink Hill, NC. It is unclear whether they were purchased by Empire, sources are conflicting. Empire ran a strongly anti-union shop, threatening employees in 1968 who were attempting to unionize. They were sued by employees, the threats were found to be unlawful and the case was used as an example in a Congressional subcommittee on labor. Shortly thereafter, in 1969, American Field was acquired by the Olin Corporation, manufacturer of Winchester rifles. In 1970, the Hettrick divistion acquired the J. W. Johnson Co of Bellwood, Ill and Dickey Oakwood Corp of Oakwood, Ohio. In 1971, Hettrick merged with Comfy Seattle Co and became Trailblazer by Winchester, “managing transactions for Comfy, the Turner Co., Olin Skiis, J.W. Johnson, Dickey Oakwood”, as well as factories in Pink Hill, Statesville and one in Corcoran, California built in 1970. While Hettrick as a company was absorbed, the Hettrick brand continued to be produced, with production shifted to the Pink Hill plant, reflected on labels. By the 1980s, the operation had been sold again, to WeatherShield Sports Equipment, Inc. (founded 1951) at Petoskey Rd. At Mercer Blvd., Charlevoix, MI. They lasted at least into the 1990s.

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1940s zip front plaid hunting coat

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This vintage hunting coat was made in the mid 1940s.  It is an unusual design, cut short, with a three button front, and a zipper front.  The zipper is a Talon of a design used immediately after WWII.  The back has flaps to access the internal game pouch and the back of the coat is lined with a salt and pepper type material, as are the pocket flaps.

Chest (pit to pit): 22-1/2″ (doubled = 45″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 17″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 25″
Length (base of collar to hem): 23-1/2″

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1930s Double Mackinaw

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This vintage plaid mackinaw was made in the 1930s.  It has a button front, with six pockets, two of which share the pocket flaps of the larger patch pockets upon which they are mounted.  The coat has an unusual cutaway collar with loop closure.  It has a caped back, with side entry game pouch and extended double sleeve/cuffs.  Several versions based on this original model of coat have been produced by Ralph Lauren under both the RRL and Polo lines.

Chest (pit to pit): 23″ (doubled = 46″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 19-1/2″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 24″
Length (Base of collar to hem): 29-1/4″

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Sportclad double breasted mackinaw

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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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1930s Double Duty mackinaw coat

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This vintage mackinaw coat was made in the mid-late 1930s by Double Duty (for rugged wear).  It is double breasted, with handwarmer and flapped cargo pockets.  It has a halfbelt back with button on belt quarters to form a full belt.  As is typical with work mackinaws of this period, this coat is unlined.

Tagged size: 44
Chest (pit to pit):24″
Shoulder to shoulder: 20″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 24″
Length (base of collar to hem): 31″

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WWII Shawl Collar Army Mackinaw

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This vintage mackinaw was made in 1942 by the Jacob Siegel Co. for the US Army. It is shawl collared and double breasted, with flapped patch cargo pockets and epaulettes.

Chest (pit to pit): 21″ (doubled = 42″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 18″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 23-1/2″
Length (base of collar to hem): 32″

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March 1942 shawl collar army mackinaw

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This vintage coat was made for the US Army during WWII in March of 1942. It is made of doeskin wool, with a shawl collar, a 3×6 double breasted front, a buttoned belt, buttoned epaulettes, and flapped patch cargo pockets. It is stamped as being issued to a W.G. Henry. These coats, and their predecessors were popular as hard wearing items of fall and winter workwear from the late 1920s-1950s.

Chest (pit to pit): 21″ (doubled = 42″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 17-1/2″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 25-1/4″
Length (base of collar to hem): 33″


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