1960s Vaughn three piece tweed suit


This vintage suit was made in the 1960s, sometime around 1962-1965 by Vaughn At Sather-Gate, who had locations in Seattle, San Jose and Berkeley.  The suit is made from gray herringbone tweed wool, in a classic 1960s preppy sack coat cut.  It has a four pocket, six button vest.

Chest (pit to pit): 22-1/4″ (doubled = 44-1/2″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 17″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 25-5/8″
Length (base of collar to hem) 31-1/2″
Chest (pit to pit): 20-3/4″ (doubled = 41-1/2″)
Length (back): 20-1/2″
Waist (side to side): 15-1/2″ (doubled = 31″)
Outseam: 45″
Inseam: 33″
Rise: 12″

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1920s Red Head Brand hunting vest


This vintage hunting vest was made in the 1920s by Red Head Brand.  It bears the large label used until c.1931 with the D of Brand to the right of the duck’s head. It is made from heavy canvas, with closed bottomed shell loops on the front and wrapping around the back. Though tagged a 42, I would say this would best fit a 38-40.
Tagged size: 42
Chest (pit to pit): 20-1/2″ (doubled = 41″)
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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J Peterman half moon hunting vest


This vest was made by the J. Peterman Co. of Lexington, Kentucky, based on hunting vests of the 1930s. It has the distinctive “half-moon” opening on the front of the vest to the internal game pouch, as well as unusual pockets with the front stitched to keep everything secure even when moving vigorously.

Chest (pit to pit): 20″ (doubled = 40″)
Length (base of collar to hem): 28″

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Red Head Brand half-moon vest


This vintage vest was made in the 1930s-early 1940s by Red Head Brand.  It is made from canvas, with a half-moon front entry to the game pouch, large pleated cargo pockets, closed bottomed shotgun shell pockets and two smaller internal patch pockets.

Chest (pit to pit): 24″ (doubled = 48″)
Length (base of collar to hem): 27-1/4″

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L.M. Weed Co. Duxbak hunting vest


This vintage vest was made in the 1910s-1920s by the L.M. Weed Company of Binghampton, New York under their DryBak label. It is made of high quality canvas with a six button front, closed bottomed shotgun shell pockets and a cinch back.

Chest (pit to pit): 19″ (doubled = 38″)

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The Batch Clothing Co. jacket and vest


This vintage suit was made by the Batch Tailoring Company of Helena Montana in February of 1950 for an A.J. Murphy. Unfortunately, the pants have gone missing at some point in the past sixty five years, so this is only the jacket and vest.

Chest (pit to pit): 23″(doubled = 46″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 19″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 25″
Length (base of collar to hem): 30″
Chest (pit to pit): 21″ (doubled = 42″)

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1940s Windward Montgomery Ward vest


This vintage work vest was made in the 1940s for Montgomery Ward and was sold under their Windward label.  It is a high necked workwear style with two pockets and a sheepskin lining. Though tagged a 38, this would best fit a 35-36.
Tagged size: 38

Chest (pit to pit): 18-1/2″ (doubled = 37″)

Length (base of collar to hem): 20

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1950s Sears Hercules sheeplined work vest

This vintage vest was made in the 1950s for Sears under their Hercules Outerwear workwear label. The style of the vest, with its cotton shell, high buttoning closure and sheepskin lining, is unchanged since the 1930s.

Chest (pit to pit): 24″ (doubled = 48″)
Length (Base of collar to hem): 22-1/2″

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