Green shawl collar cardigan sweater

http://www.ebay.com/itm/272166243119

This vintage cardigan sweater was hand knit from green wool.  It has a broad shawl collar, small pockets and a bold knit.
Chest (pit to pit, unstretched): 22″ (doubled = 44″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 20″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 26″
Length (base of collar to hem): 34″

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1920s Borsalino Fedora

http://www.ebay.com/itm/272104264055

Here’s another one that’s been in my collection for a long time.  This Borsalino was made in the 1920s, with a classic straight sided crown, nearly flat brim and wide ribbon with a twisted knot bow.  Made for the export market, this one has an unreeded sweatband with a laced, crimped top edge and was sold by A.L. Rafuso of Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Canada.  It is a 7-1/4 with a 2-1/2″ brim and 5-1/2″ crown.

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Jack Frost western jacket

http://www.ebay.com/itm/272109103766

This vintage jacket was made by the Utah Woolen Mills of Salt Lake City, Utah under their Jack Frost Woolen Wear label.  A classic 1950s western style, this one was made relatively late for the details, in 1962.  It has a flecked fabric, with peak lapels, a three button front, front and back yokes, flapped, pleated pockets and leather buttons. The cuffs have sporty detailing, similar to leather jackets of the 1930s.  The pants are hollywood waisted, with a watch pocket on the top seam and fancy western belt loops and pockets.
Chest (pit to pit): 21″ (doubled = 42″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 17″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 24-1/2″
Length (base of collar to hem): 28-1/2″

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B-9 Parka

http://www.ebay.com/itm/401025167306

This vintage parka was made in the 1950s.  It is nearly identical to a B-9 parka, but with a civilian “Parka” label instead of the military contract label.  Somewhat unusually, it has French made Emar zippers.

Chest (pit to pit): 25″ (doubled = 50″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 19″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 25″
Length (base of collar to hem): 33″

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H. Nakashima Trench Coat

http://www.ebay.com/itm/400998668611
This vintage jacket was made by the H. Nakashima Co. Ltd. of Osaka, Tokyo, Japan, in the 1950s for a US Army officer during the Korean war.

Tagged size: 44 Extra Long
Chest (pit to pit): 24″ (doubled = 48″)
Shoulder to shoulder:19″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 28″

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On the Road – September 18 and 19

This week, Alex and I did as the song says, and headed west, young man. She’s been working on a photo series in Anaconda, Montana, and I came along to do what I thought would be a bit of casual vintage hunting on the way there and back. I had made a similar loop about two months ago with good results and didn’t expect to find more than beautiful scenery and a good time.   photo blog us.jpg

What a treat to have a blue, big sky country type of day for an outing. Last week was in the 90s, the week before was pouring rain, and the one before that there was smoke from forest fires so thick you could barely see a block in front of you. It’s just starting to be fall here, with shocks of yellow mixed into the pine forests and fresh show on the mountain peaks. Perfect weather for tweed jackets and windows down driving through the mountains.
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As always, there were a lot of interesting things along the way that I didn’t buy.  Every trip and every shop always seems to have a particular thing that shows up in unusual numbers.  This time it was pile lined tweed coats from the 1970s. It killed me to pass on the bow ties in the bottom right corner, probably a hundred of them, mostly from the 1970s, but with a couple 1940s and 1950s ones mixed in.  But as low as the asking price of ten bucks a pop is, with the amount of work that goes into photographing and listing them, and with their era, it’s just too much for someone in my position.
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On the hunt- photos by Alex DeLong. Montana is a goldmine for vintage ties.  Usually I’m finding them in thrift shops in small clusters, but every now and again I find a big cache tucked away somewhere. Well, to be more accurate, Alex found this cache, a big crate of ties, high up on a shelf in a back room I’ve never seen open before. It took a lot of sorting through, weeding out the ones that were too damaged, too new, too thin and too plain.  I ended up with about half of the ones in that pile, and found quite a few more in various thrift and secondhand stores.
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Photos by Alex DeLong.  Anaconda and Basin Montana. Basin’s been in decline since the mid 1920s. Where there were once thousands of residents, there are now 255. Bits and pieces from its mining glory days of the early 1900s still remain, mixed in with abandoned cars from the 1940s-1970s. In short, our kind of town.
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The Haul: Two 1940s fedoras, a Biltmore fedora, a MA-1 flight jacket, sheepskin ranch vest, two work jackets, a B-9 Parka, nearly 70 vintage neckties, a 1930s suit jacket, an early 1950s suit jacket, a 1960s tweed jacket, a 1940s overcoat, an early 1960s suit and a handfull of odds and ends.  Keep an eye out over the next couple of days as I get it photographed and listed.  Yet another good couple of days out on the road!

Until next trip,
Spencer
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