This vintage hunting vest was made between 1908 and 1916 by Red Head Brand, and bears their earliest label.
This vest was made in the 1930s by Red Head Brand, a high end maker of hunting and outdoorsman’s garments. This style has come to be known as a half-moon hunting vest, after the shape of its pass through pockets into the game pouch. Period advertisements generally referred to this style as a sleeveless jacket rather than as a vest. This one has pleated, flapped patch pockets on the front, as well as two patch pockets on the lining. The half-moons pass through to the roomy internal game pocket, which closes with a button.
Chest (pit to pit): 24″ (doubled = 48″)
This hunting jacket was made by Ralph Lauren as part of their now defunct Polo Sportsman line. It is made of brown canvas and is sort of a greatest hits version of 1910s-1930s hunting jackets, drawing mainly from the detailing of Red Head and Duxbak designs. It has a front entry half-moon style game pouch, double breast pocket and double round cargo pockets. The shoulders are reinforced and there is corduroy on the collar and inside the cuffs. The sleeves have double ventilated armpit gussets, the collar has a buttoned throat latch, and the cuffs have a distinctive button closure, which, unlike the rest of the detailing of the coat, I do not recognize.
Chest (pit to pit): 25″ (doubled = 50″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 21″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 24-1/2″
Length (base of collar to hem): 31″
This vintage hunting jacket was made by Red Head Brand in the mid 1930s and was sold by the Sportswear department of Marshall Field & Co. It is made of mid-weight canvas, with a corduroy collar and cuff linings. The collar opens with 1906 patent snaps made by the Alma Mfg. Co of Baltimore Maryland to reveal an mid 1930s production pin-lock Talon no.3 fantail zipper. That zipper converts the foldable flat hood, (patent no. 1972585, granted 1934) into a wearable one. The breast pocket has a smaller watch pocket which shares the larger pocket’s flap. There are two rows of pocket flaps, one for large cargo pockets, the other for canvas shotgun shell pockets. There is an internal game pocket (canvas, this jacket was made prior to rubberization of game pockets becoming the norm) which has hook closures to open and close it. Access to the game pocket is through flaps on the sides. There are ventilation grommets at the armpits.
Chest (pit to pit): 21″
Shoulder to shoulder: 18″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 22″
Length (base of collar to hem): 28″