1910s Tryonette hunting vest

This vintage vest was made in the 1910s-1920s by the Edward K. Tryon company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from their rainproof Tryonette cloth. The fabric has been Cravenette proofed. The “Double Service for clear days for stormy days” label stopped being used in the 1920s. The vest has a belted back and 44 canvas closed bottomed shotgun shell loops.
Edward K Tryon was founded in 1811 and survived through to 1964.They were located at 815 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA

Chest (pit to pit): 20″ (doubled = 40″)
Length: 19″

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1920s Summers Mfg. Co hunting jacket

This vintage hunting jacket was made in the 1920s by Summers Manufacturing Company, Incorporated. Summers had a factory at 746 South Los Angeles Street, Los Angeles, California, and specialized in khaki clothing, both hunting and workwear. This jacket has all the best details of the hunting jackets of the period. It has a large breast pocket (the size of most jacket’s cargo pockets) with a smaller pocket overtop, both of which share the same flap. The hip pockets are equally cavernous, and are cut with round edges. The coat is a double thickness, with an internal game pocket. It is accessible the traditional way, by flaps on the back of the coat. It is also accessible by an opening located under the second button of the front, known, especially on hunting vests, as a “half-moon” pocket. On these earlier coats, it hadn’t taken on the half-moon shape in full, opting instead to have the button button through for extra security. The underarms are gusseted and have ventilation grommets. The collar is corduroy, with the cuffs lined in the same cord.
The Tate Company changed their name to the “Tate Electrolytic Textile Process” in 1920, establishing the earliest year of manufacture. The company appears to have gone out of business in the mid 1920s, providing a range of about five years during which this jacket could have been made.

Chest (pit to pit): 21″
Shoulder to shoulder: 17-1/2″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 23″
Length: 28″

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1940s snap front hunting vest

This vintage hunting vest was probably made in the 1930s or 1940s. Dating these vintage hunting vests can sometimes be a bit difficult without labels, as the designs followed what was practical rather than what was fashionable. I have seen other examples of this vest design, but all were like this, without label. It’s an unusual design, deviating from the standard “vest with loops on the front and maybe a belt on the back”. There are two pleated breast pockets, one with a snap closure, the other with a grommet. Instead of the usual button front, this one has snaps, but it goes one further by concealing them. Snaps are “United Carr”. There are closed bottomed canvas pockets for eighteen shotgun shells. The back of the vest has a large bellows game bag, with a waterproof lining.

Chest (pit to pit): 22″
Length: 25″

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1930s Blue Bill hunting vest

This vintage vest was made in the 1930s by Red Head Brand under their Blue Bill label. In the 1940s, Blue Bill changed their logo, and began including the (R) symbol. It has closed bottomed canvas shotgun shell pockets, 38 on the front and 18 on the back, for a total of 56. The shotgun shells on the back take the place of the more traditional belted back. The vest has a five button front.

Also see, Red Head no. 1

and Red Head no. 2

Chest (pit to pit): 19″ (doubled = 38″)
Length: 18-1/2″

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Unmarked Hunting Vest

This vintage hunting vest was made in the 1930s. It no longer bears a label, but it is typical of the products of some of the smaller companies making vests at that time. It has a high button stance, broadly cut shoulders, 32 shotgun shell pockets, a plain back and lightweight canvas, worn soft over the years.

Chest (pit to pit): 20″
Length: 17-3/4″

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