This vintage overcoat was made in the late 1930s and was sold by M.H. Schwartz, successor to Boucher’s, located in uptown Butte, Montana. M.H. Schwartz took over Boucher’s c. 1939 and used the “successor to” tagline in 1939 and 1940. The coat is extremely heavy wool, with a wide double breasted closure, broad lapels and handwarmer pockets. Just the thing for those harsh Montana winters, walking up the hill to and from the mine. The coat is fully lined and bears an Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America union label. With the way it is stitched into the coat, I can’t tell if it is a 1936 or a 1939 variant. With the c.1939 dating from the retailer’s history, either is possible.
Chest (pit to pit): 25″ (doubled = 50″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 19″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 26″
Length (Base of collar to hem): 45-1/2″
This vintage cutaway coat was made in 1907 by Henry Jonas of Butte, Montana for M.A. Berger, a noted land agent in the Butte area in the late 1800s and early decades of the 1900s. Butte was well known in that period for its copper mining. The coat bears the label of the Journeyman Tailors of America union.
Chest (pit to pit): 20″
Shoulder to shoulder: 17-3/4″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 24″
Length (base of collar to hem): 36″
This vintage suit was made in the 1930s in Seattle, Washington by high end workwear and outdoor-garment manufacturer Black Bear Brand as part of their “Rain-Tite” water repellent clothes range. Black Bear Brand produced work shirts, pants, overalls, jackets and mackinaws from their plant on Rainier Ave. S. This suit is made from army duck canvas, the jacket from 10oz duck and the pants from 8 oz duck. It appears they both started out life a medium brown canvas, but years of wear and layers of waterproofing have darkened it. Both are extremely heavy duty, and are physically heavy and stiff, both from the material and from the wax proofing. The back of the jacket is two layers of the 10 oz canvas through the body, with three layers on the shoulders. The sleeves are two layers. It is constructed with overlapping capes and layers to keep everything dry in harsh weather. The pants are two layers as well. They are cut to be worn with tall boots. They have suspender buttons and belt loops. There is a crotch gusset, and a patch watch pocket inside the side pocket.
In the pocket of the pants, I found the package of a trolling spoon and an Elks matchbook advertising war bonds. This suit probably hasn’t been worn in a good 70 years or so if those are still in-tact in the pocket. The snaps are all branded “Union Made” as are all the buttons. There are union tags from the United Garment Workers of America inside the jacket and inside the flap of the back pocket of the pants. The waterproofing is still good- water beads up and falls right off. This type of suit was frequently worn by lumbermen in the North West. The heavy wear supports this. Going by the matchbook, the original owner of this one was probably from Vancouver.
Chest (pit to pit): 21″ (doubled = 42″)
Shoulder to shoulder (under cape): 22″
Sleeve (Shoulder to cuff): 20″
Length (base of collar to hem): 28-1/2″
This vintage cowboy hat was made by the G.W. Alexander hat company of Reading, PA. However, at least some of the components of the hat are sourced from the John B. Stetson company of Philadelphia, PA. The sweatband bears the Stetson Lot number 6378. At points in their history, Stetson owned the Alexander Hat Company, so this could explain this sharing. The hat is a classic 1920s style, with a high crown, pencil curl brim and a Tom Mix crease. It has a wide grosgrain ribbon, a good quality fur felt body and a wide leather sweatband, which is still supple and in excellent condition. The hat was sold in Lompoc, California by Arthur Randolph. At the time, Lompoc was primarily a mining town. The hat is in very good condition, and in the many 1920s westerns I’ve sold, I would single this one out as the best of the bunch.