This vintage bag was made in the 1960s to carry a pair of custom made cowboy boots from Al’s Bootery of Billings, Montana. It has a large pull zipper, two tone styling and a great mid-century logo of Al with his tools and boots. With it’s secure zipper closure and large size, it makes the perfect stylish carryall or overnight bag.
This vintage jacket was made in Germany in the late 1950s-early 1960s. It is a classically German double breasted cut, with a wide collar and concentric stitching on the shoulders and elbows. The bottom portion of the jacket is quilted. There is a zipped breast pocket, partially under the lapel, as well as zippers on the sleeves and at the side vents, where there would be laces on an American made jacket. The jacket appears to be made from an imitation leather product from its stamped grain pattern. The jacket is lined in a heavy moleskin, and there are two interior pockets. The zippers are all marked with sailboats. The inside of the jacket is embossed with the maker’s name, VEB, Freiberger Leder Bekleidung, which translates to Freiberger motorcycle leathers.
Tagged size: German 48 = US 38
Chest (pit to pit): 22″
Shoulder to shoulder: 18″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 24″
Length (base of collar to hem): 25″
As someone who has been collecting and researching vintage hunting vests, this one strikes me as particularly interesting. It’s not as old as most of the ones I’m selling, probably dating from the 1960s, but it’s made in an earlier style. Although hunting vests were a purely functional garment and didn’t really change with fashion, certain details did change over time, largely with innovations in materials and hardware. By the time this vest was made, the closed bottomed canvas loops has largely been supplanted by elastic knit loops, which were easier and less expensive to construct, and lay flat when not in use. This vest has the older style loops, heavily reinforced at the bottoms. This vest is reinforced throughout with green textured naugahyde, making for extremely strong seams. Another unusual thing about this vest is its color. Most hunting vests of this type are in shades of brown canvas. This one is in a minty gray green with forest green trim. The vest has DOT snaps throughout, and a removable, vinyl lined game bag.