This vintage coat was made in the 1920s from Hudson’s Bay Company Point blankets for Devine’s of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada. It is an early style, double breasted, with D-pocket stitched handwarmers and round flapped patch pockets. This particular round pocketed variant of blanket coat was favored by western star, Tom Mix, around this time frame. As is typical of mackinaws of this era, this one is unlined. The coat has decorative stitching at the exposed edge, a holdover from capote styling. It originally had a belt, which would have likely had a button closure, but as is typical, it is no longer with the coat. The blanket is of the pre-war English manufactured type, with a deeper nap than later blankets, and a thick “point”, which is placed on the inside of the coat. It bears the style Hudson’s Bay Point Blanket label which ceased being used in the late 1920s, and a typically 1920s black and yellow manufacturers tag, which reads, “Made Expressly for Devine’s, Soo Canada”.
Chest (pit to pit): 25″ (doubled = 50″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 19-1/2″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 27″
Length (Base of collar to hem): 37″
This vintage double mackinaw mas made by Soo Woolen Mills of Michigan in the 1930s. It is an early style, with a broad collar, a caped front, and four pocket front, with game pocket in back. There is heavy fading and moth damage, and despite cleaning, the coat still smells like campfire. This coat saw heavy abuse in its day. It is unlined, with unusual seam taping only partially up the front. Perfect for the vintage outdoors or workwear look.
I think this is my favorite style of hunting mackinaw. It was made by Soo Woolen mills, and has a button front, with a large collar. The plaid is more interesting than the buffalo plaid used on a comparable woolrich of the era. This one has two button chest pockets, and two button handwarmer pockets. There is a large game pouch in back. The coat is lined in gray flannel. There is heavy mothing and staining throughout, and broken button on the sleeve- this was a coat which saw a lifetime of use and abuse in the field.