1920s Red Head Brand hunting vest

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This vintage vest was made by Red Head Brand in the 1920s, using their early large label where the D of “Brand” is to the right of the duck’s head. This one has a high neck closure and closed bottomed shotgun shell pockets completely encircling the waist.
Chest (pit to pit): 21″ (doubled = 42″)
Length (base of collar to hem): 20″

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1940s Woolrich Vest

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This vintage vest was made in the early-mid 1940s by the Woolrich Woolen Mills of Woolrich, PA.  It features their wartime pre-(R) smiling sheel label with a silver border and their wartime plain-top snaps.  The vest has a four pocket front, snap front, buckle back and one interior pocket.

Tagged size: 46
Chest (pit to pit): 23″ (doubled = 46″)
Length (back): 21-1/4″

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LL Bean railroad vest

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This vest was made in the USA by Woolrich and was sold by LL Bean, and has a gray on gray wool/nylon material, with four pockets, a zip front and cinch back.It was made in the 1980s or so, to a design largely unchanged since the 1930s.
Tagged size: M
Chest (pit to pit): 20-3/4″ (doubled = 41-1/2″)
Length (base of collar to hem): 24-1/2″

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Woolrich railroad vest

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This vest was made in the USA by Woolrich and was sold by LL Bean, and has a gray on gray wool/nylon material, with four pockets, a zip front and cinch back. It was made in the 1980s or so, to a design largely unchanged since the 1930s.
Tagged size: L
Chest (pit to pit): 24″ (doubled = 48″)
Length (base of collar to hem): 25-3/8″

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1900-1910s corduroy hunting vest

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This vintage hunting vest was made in the late 1900s-early 1920s.  It is made from corduroy with a cotton back and lining with canvas shell pockets and blue buttons. It has a buckle back Really rare to see one of these done in corduroy.
 

Chest (pit to pit): 22″ (doubled = 44″)

Length (back): 19-1/4″

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1900s-1910s Red Head Brand vest

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This vintage hunting vest was made between 1908 and 1916 by Red Head Brand, and bears their earliest label.

Chest (pit to pit): 22″ (doubled = 44″)
Length (back): 20″

A piece I wrote for my website on the history of Red Head:
E.C. Cook & Bro. was founded in Chicago c.1867 by E.C. Cook (b.1845) and his brother F.W. Cook. They were manufacturers of awnings, tents, waterproof wagon,horse and truck covers, flags, banners and canvas signs. Later they expanded range to include hunters’ and tourists’ outfits, including jackets, cartridge vests, leggings, hats, gun and rifle covers, holsters, belts, cartridge belts, rod cases, and boots.
The Red Head brand name first used 1908. In 1915, a half million dollar contract for boots for the British Army was rejected and the company was forced into bankruptcy. Former employee S. Theodore Anderson, who had been with Cook since 1885 became president of the new Alward Anderson Southard Co, formed along with Charles H. Southard and Edward Hendrickson (with Cook since 1897). The new company took over the closed factory, located at 925 W. Chicago Ave, hired 100 new workers, and resumed production of the defunct Cook’s lines.
In 1931, Theodore Anderson died and the company was taken over by his widow, Alma Anderson. The company grew and flourished under her ownership and management, opening a new factory in 1940 at 4300 Belmont Ave. and expanding employment to over 500.
Anderson died in 1956 and the company was taken over by Clarke F. Hine. Red Head was purchased by the Brunswick Blake Collender Co, of bowling ball fame, in December 1959. Brunswick purchased the DryBak company several years later, selling both company’s similar hunting lines for a time in the 1960s.
In 1970, Red Head Brand was again sold and operations relocated to 4949 Joseph Hardin Dr Dallas, Texas.
The brand is currently owned by Bass Pro shops. They have been marketing Red Head as a “heritage brand”, though they do no market any vintage style products, and put the company’s origin in 1856, a date which has no relation anything.

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