This vintage jacket was made in the 1940s as a souvenir of a tour in China. It is a waist length wool jacket, with shirt style pockets and an extension tab waistband. The quality of the wool makes me think the jacket itself was Theatre made rather than a cut down uniform. It is embroidered with dragons on the insides of the cuffs, liberty cuff style, a junk and a rickshaw on the breast pockets, and a dragon on the back. The back reads, “Tsing Tao, Hong Kong, Shanghai, China, 1948”. The front of the jacket bears the original owner’s name, Don C. Yanders, who served aboard submarines during WWII and who was stationed in China in the immediate post-war years.
Chest (pit to pit): 19″ (doubled = 38″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 18″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 25-1/2″
Length (base of collar to hem): 22″
This vintage vest was made in the late war period. It is green cotton with an alpaca pile lining. It has a mid-late 1940s round hole Talon zipper, and a full embroidered back with a dragon and the years 1945-1946.
Chest (side to side): 21″ (doubled = 42″)
This vintage jacket was made in the 1950s for a “Bill Story”, a member of the Army 35th Engineer Battalion. The 35th engineers were stationed in Germany from March of 1952 until early 1957, and the jacket dates from within that timeframe. It is satin, in air force blue, with white knit cuffs, collar and waistband. The jacket has a German made “Opti” zipper, the 35th crest embroidered on the back, (ability, courage, results) and the owner’s name embroidered on the front. The lining is quilted.
Chest (pit to pit): 24″ (doubled = 48″)
Shoulder to Shoulder: 19″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 24″