Allen Half-belt western jacket

This vintage jacket was made in the late 1940s-early 1950s in Denver Colorado by the Allen Mfg. Co. It is made of gray striped wool, with a belted back with buttoned side adjusters.  It has a zipper front with a Talon zipper, with a Talon branded U shaped stop box used in the mid-late 1940s and a rounded corner pull, introduced in the late 1940s.  The jacket has handwarmer pockets and steeply angled talon zip breast pocket.
Chest (pit to pit): 21″ (doubled = 42″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 17-1/4″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 25-1/2″
Length (base of collar to hem): 25″

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Allen Cowboy Suit
This vintage suit was made by the Allen Mfg. Co of Denver Colorado in 1963. This style of western suit, with its wide peak lapels and squared cutaway emerged on the western fashion scene just after WWII, a “greatest hits” collection of all the wildest detailing of prewar suits- the razor sharp peak lapels, the bi-swing shoulders, the saddlebag pockets. The style stayed virtually unchanged through the 1950s. In the early 1960s, it fell out of favor for suddenly extremely narrow notch lapels and different detailing. It’s surprising to see such a late date in a suit of this style. Also interesting is that this suit does not have the yoked western style back commonly associated with this style. The pants have subtle western scalloping to the pockets, wide belt loops and are cuffless.

Chest (pit to pit): 23″ (doubled = 46″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 19″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 25-1/4″
Length (base of collar to hem: 29-1/4″

Waist (side to side): 17-1/2″ (doubled = 35″)
Outseam: 43″
Inseam: 30-1/2″
Rise: 12-1/2″

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1940s Allen western suit
This vintage suit was made in the late 1940s in Denver, Colorado by the Allen Mfg. Co. It is made of 100% Virgin Wool gabardine. This style of western suit came into being just after WWII, and was sort of a greatest hits version of details of 1930s suits, with its saddlebag patch pockets, wide peak lapels, bi-swing shoulders and suppressed waist. The square cutaway, popular in the 1910s-1920s, gives the suit a western flair, as do the fancy pockets on the pants and the wide belt loops. The pants are flat front and cuffless.

Chest (pit to pit): 22″ (doubled = 44″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 18″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 24-1/4
Length (base of collar to hem): 29″

Waist (side to side): 18″ (doubled = 36″)
Outseam: 42″
Inseam: 30-1/2″ (3″ in hem, so probably about 2.5″ that could be let out)
Rise: 11.5″

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