1940s Miller western suit


This vintage suit was made in the postwar period, by Miller Western Wear of Denver, Colorado. This is a fairly early variant of the style, made sometime in the late 1940s through early 1950s. It has a three button front, peak lapels, saddlebag pockets and bi-swing shoulders. The pants have western style belt loops and pearl snap pockets.

Chest (pit to pit): 21″ (doubled = 42″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 18″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 25-1/2″
Length (base of collar to hem): 29″
Waist (side to side): 15″ (doubled = 30″)
Outseam: 40-3/4″
Inseam: 29-1/2″
Rise: 11-1/4″

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NRA labeled Miller cowboy hat

This vintage cowboy hat was made in the early 1930s and was sold by Miller of Denver, Colorado. It is NRA (National Recovery Administration) tagged, which dates it manufacture between 1933 to 1935. Under the sweatband is a Lot number, of the type used by Stetson on their sweatbands. Comparing this number to others found on NRA tagged hats places this one on the early end of the 1933-35 spectrum. I addition to hats under their own name, Miller was a large distributer of Stetson hats. With a type of sweatband so far only known to be used by Stetson this could have been produced under license by Stetson for Miller. The reorder tag is of a generic type with no maker’s name, so it’s a bit of a mystery. The hat is marked XXXX quality, and has the gold “Miller Fine Hats Denver Colorado” bucking bronco logo embossed on the leather. The sweatband has a taped rear seam, and appears to have received very little wear.

Size: 6-7/8
Brim Width: 4″
Ribbon Width: 1″
Crown Height: 6-1/2″

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