This vintage belt was made in the mid-late 1930s. It is tooled with a diamond pattern with alternating diamond clusters of small studs and colored jewels. The belt holes are grommets and there is a tooled keeper. The original belt buckle was missing when I bought the belt and I have added a Japanese reproduction buckle with a whirling logs motif, which is close to what this would have had when new. The loop for the buckle needs to be re-stitched, at some point before I got it, the original buckle was removed and the belt was re-stitched to a smaller position, indicating multiple owners over its lifetime, as someone else has punched additional holes in the end of the belt to expand it. The belt measures 34″ to the smallest hole, 37″ to the largest grommet, and 39 to the last informal (punched later) hole.
This vintage overcoat was made in the mid 1930s by Joseph H. Cohen & Sons of 71 5th Avenue, New York City, under their “Vanity Clothes” label. The coat is double breasted, with a 4×6 button stance and breast pocket. It has razor sharp peak lapels and a plain back. The coat is half lined in blue and black swastika / whirling logs silk brocade. This type of Native American / Indian pattern was popular pre-war. The lining at the bottom has a larger version of the pattern than the upper panels. The original owner’s name, G.S. Norton, is written on a tag underneath the lining. The breast pocket has a handkerchief with an American Eagle embroidered, “mother”,
Chest (pit to pit): 22″ (doubled = 44″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 18-1/2″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 25-1/2″
Length (Base of collar to hem): 47″