This vintage mackinaw was made in the 1940s for a US army officer. It has a shawl collar, is double breasted, and belted. This one has seen a lot of wear, though it’s hard to know whether it was during the war or post-war, as these were popular as surplus as workwear.
This jacket was made in the 1970s for Dan, a member of the Road Knights Motorcycle Club. The Road Knights were founded in 1973 by members of the US Army stationed in the Canal Zone in Panama. It is the oldest recognized motorcycle club in that country. This jacket started off life as a Wrangler four pocket denim jacket, with snap pockets and cuffs and rivet button front. The colors on the back were entirely hand sewn, with reflective edging and studwork. The rockers read, “Road Knights”, “Canal Zone” with a logo of a knights helmet atop a motorcycle wheel. On top of the top rocker are two hand embroidered motorcycles, one a stock bike, the other a twin headlight chopper. The owner’s name, Dan, is hand embroidered on the front.
This vintage army jacket was made in September of 1930 (inspected Sept. 17). It is made of olive drab wool, with fishmouth lapels and a four button front. It has the fitted silhouette and seams of a WWII tunic. It has royal blue panels inside, which appear to be original, but which I have not seen on other tunics of this era. This one was at some point, probably in the later 1930s, de-militarized for civilian usage by removing the epaulettes, the sam browne belt hooks, the two breast pockets and by adding different buttons. Then as now, army surplus was popular as inexpensive and high-quality outdoor wear and workwear.
Tagged size: 36
Chest (pit to pit): 19″ (doubled = 38″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 17″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 24-3/4″
Length (base of collar to hem): 28″