1930s Blue Bill hunting vest

http://www.ebay.com/itm/281191020912
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″

 photo IMG_0041-1.jpg

 photo IMG_0042.jpg

 photo IMG_0043-1.jpg

 photo IMG_0045.jpg

 photo IMG_0046.jpg

Unmarked Hunting Vest

http://www.ebay.com/itm/281191023485
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″

 photo IMG_0047-1.jpg

 photo IMG_0048.jpg

 photo IMG_0050-1.jpg

 photo IMG_0051.jpg

1930s Marshall GameMaster hunting vest

http://www.ebay.com/itm/281177331596
This vintage hunting vest was made in the 1930s by the Marshall Clothing Manufacturing Company of Butler, Indiana, under their “Gamemaster” label. The Marshall Clothing company was a well regarded manufacturer of sportswear- letterman jackets, basketball uniforms, gym shorts and the like. This vest has a five button front, with a high neck closure, reminiscent of early Brown’s Beach vests, also marketed towards the hunting market. This one is made of brown canvas, with closed bottomed loops for 32 shotgun shells. These loops are all covered with flaps to protect the cartridges from the elements. This vest also has a flapped bellows pleated breast pocket.

Chest (pit to pit): 22″ (doubled = 44″)
Length: 21″

 photo IMG_0073.jpg

 photo IMG_0006-4.jpg

 photo IMG_00102.jpg

 photo IMG_0078-1.jpg

 photo IMG_0079.jpg

 photo IMG_0080.jpg

 photo IMG_0081.jpg

 photo IMG_0082-1.jpg

1930s Duxbak Vest

http://www.ebay.com/itm/271286288652

This vintage hunting vest was made by the Utica Duxbak Corp. of Utica, New York in the 1930s. This one has the 1930s style label, which reads, “Duxbak Rain Proof Sanforized Sportsman’s Clothing”. It has a five button front and thirty two closed bottomed loops for shotgun shells. This particular model has a plain back (other options included an additional row of shotgun shells, and a belt-back). The canvas is densely woven and has acquired a great wear pattern over the years.

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

Please also see these other Duxbak vests:

https://vintagehaberdashers.com/2013/09/16/1920s-duxbak-vest-size-42/

https://vintagehaberdashers.com/2013/08/31/1920s-duxbak-hunting-vest/

 photo IMG_0016.jpg

 photo IMG_00172.jpg

 photo IMG_00182.jpg

 photo IMG_00192.jpg

1920s Duxbak vest – size 42

http://www.ebay.com/itm/271278932633
This vintage hunting vest was made in the 1920s. The DuxBak line was started in 1906 by Bird, Jones and Kenyon, and had a factory located at 1 Blandina St., Utica, NY. Prior to the 1920s, Duxbak used the slogan “Duxbak Sportsman’s Clothing” in their advertisements and on their tags. During the 1920s, they switched to ” Duxbak Rain Proof Sportsman’s Clothing”. By the 1930s, they had changed their label to include a graphic of a hunter, and to emphasize “Utica”.

This shell vest design changed very little from when it was introduced in the early 1900s until this one was produced. As it was a garment of pure function, it was not beholden to the whims of fashion. A good design was a good design, and they stuck with it. It has loops for 32 shotgun shells on the front and 16 on the back, for a total of 48. The loops have a canvas top and an early rubber elastic bottom. They are of an open bottomed design, and have leather reinforcement tabs at the end of each row of loops. The vest has a five button front and all buttons bear the duxbak name. This vest was sold originally by the Ambrose Sporting Goods Co., which was located at 132 South Main Street, Memphis, TN. The company seems to have had their peak in the late 1920s, although they did make it through the depression.

Tagged Size:
Chest (pit to pit): 21-1/2″ (doubled = 43″)
Length (neck to hem down back):19-1/2″

 photo IMG_0001.jpg

 photo IMG_0002-1.jpg

 photo IMG_0005.jpg

 photo IMG_0006-1.jpg

 photo IMG_0008-1.jpg

 photo IMG_0011-1.jpg

 photo invoice.jpg

 photo 190601Stitch.jpg

 photo T2eC16dHJIIE9qTYLiHrBRduFnYUVQ60_57.jpg

 photo 1928ambrose.jpeg

Pendleton Vest II

http://www.ebay.com/itm/271199140959
This vintage vest was custom madein the 1950s, by “Jackie”. This kind of label was typical for small, cottage industry seamstresses of the period. The vest is made from a Pendleton indian blanket, and the seams are trimmed with blanket material. It has a three button front. There are several surface moth bites on the right shoulder.

Chest (pit to pit): 21″
Length: 22″

 photo IMG_0068.jpg

 photo IMG_0069.jpg

 photo IMG_0072.jpg

 photo IMG_0073.jpg

 photo IMG_0074.jpg

Pendleton Vest

http://www.ebay.com/itm/281141508243
This vintage vest was custom made mid-century from a Pendleton blanket. It is reversible, with patch pockets on both sides. All the seams are finished neatly and properly such that it truly is reversible. The side seams are cut like shirt tails.

Chest (pit to pit): 25″ (doubled = 50″)
Length: 29″

 photo IMG_5703.jpg

 photo IMG_5704.jpg

 photo IMG_5706.jpg

 photo IMG_5707.jpg

1910s summer vest

http://www.ebay.com/itm/271245474316
This vintage vest was made in the 1910s. It has an incredible weave, be sure to see the close up photo. It has five mother of pearl buttons and a belted back. There are repairs around the buttons, and staining throughout the vest. The belt is missing its buckle, and is pinned up for the photos.

Chest (pit to pit): 20-1/2″ (doubled = 41″)

 photo IMG_5652.jpg

 photo IMG_5655.jpg

 photo IMG_5657.jpg

 photo IMG_5658.jpg

Summit Town and Country Coat hunting vest

http://www.ebay.com/itm/281140400237
This vest was made in the 1910s. It is made of brown canvas, with holders for 36 shotgun shells. The manufacturer, Guiterman Bros., pioneered the knit collar this vest bears. They began using it on leather jackets in 1912. By the 1920s, it would find its way onto the A-1 leather jacket. In Guiterman’s 1915 catalog, this model is identified as the M1206, and is described as a “Vest with Cartridge Holders”: “Dead Grass duck shell vest, four rows of cartridge holders for carrying thirty two cartridges, detachable buttons, adjustable strap in back; sizes 36 to 46. Each $10.”

The tag identifies the patent of the “Summit”, as Jan 30, 1912. The tag on the back identifies it as “Dri-Bak Rainproof”. The collar has extremely early U.S.F. snaps. The buttons are sewn, not detachable as the ad indicates. They have a wonderful lined pattern to them.

A bit about the maker: Guiterman Brothers was founded in 1883 and incorporated in 1904. They began using the Summit “Town & Country” name in 1904. In the early 1910s, Guiterman Brothers pioneered the attached soft collared shirt. They also called it the Summit. The company had a plant at 352 Silbey Street, St. Paul, MN, which still stands. They enjoyed prosperity during the 1910s, riding the Mackinaw boom of 1912-1915. They were supposedly the first company to coin the name “windbreaker”. As shown above, their “Town and Country” Coats and vests shared the distinctive double snap Knit-Nek. During WWI, Guiterman Bros. were one of the larger contractors for flying coats for US aviators. In 1928-1929, the company was purchased by Gordon and Ferguson.

Chest (pit to pit): 20-1/2″ (doubled = 41″)

 photo IMG_1986.jpg

 photo IMG_1987.jpg

 photo IMG_1988.jpg

 photo IMG_1989.jpg

 photo IMG_1990.jpg

 photo IMG_1991.jpg

 photo IMG_1992.jpg

 photo IMG_1993.jpg

 photo IMG_1994.jpg

 photo IMG_1998.jpg

 photo IMG_2000.jpg

 photo IMG_0033.jpg

 photo IMG_0024-1.jpg

 photo IMG_0025-1.jpg

 photo IMG_0038-1.jpg

factory

 photo GoogleMaps-1.jpeg

1922 ad

 photo 192201Stitch-3.jpg

M1206 – from the 1915 ad

 photo summitclothingfo00guit_0025-1.jpg

More vests from 1915

 photo summitclothingfo00guit_0024-1.jpg

 photo summitclothingfo00guit_0023-1.jpg

1950s Saddle Sturdy Brand western vest

http://www.ebay.com/itm/281104985753

This vintage double breasted vest was made in the 1950s by the Saddle Sturdy Brand / Glenshore / Denver, Colorado. It has a green plaid corduroy front, fancy buttons, and a yellow back and lining.

Chest (pit to pit): 21″

 photo IMG_1784.jpg
 photo IMG_1786.jpg
 photo IMG_1787.jpg
 photo IMG_1788.jpg