1930s Chippewa jacket

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This vintage shirt jacket was made by the Chippewa Falls Woolen Mill Co. of Chhippewa Falls, Wisconsin in the 1930s.  It bears their green bordered label used in that era, and was made for an outoorsman market- hunting or workwear.

Chest (pit to pit): 23-1/2″ (doubled = 47″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 19″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 23-1/2″
Length (base of collar to hem): 28″

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Chippewa hunting jacket

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This vintage jacket was made in the 1930s by the Chippewa Woolen Mills of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin from 100% wool.  The red and black plaid wool is more of a shirt jacket weight rather than the more common super heavy mackinaw wool you generally see in this cut.  This one’s perfect for layering. It has patch pockets, a plain back, is unlined, and has an interesting Talon zipper, with a sunburst slider and stopbox, placing the date around 1937-38.

Chest (pit to pit): 24-1/2″ (doubled = 49″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 19″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 25″
Length (base of collar to hem): 26″

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1940s Nerad & Reshan overcoat

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This vintage overcoat was made in the early 1940s and was sold by Nerad & Reshan from blue and black Piccadilly Shetland herringbone tweed. It is heavyweight and single breasted with a fly front and handwarmer pockets. It has a 1939 ACWofA union tag.

Chest (pit to pit): 24″ (doubled = 48″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 18-1/2″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 27-1/4″
Length (base of collar to hem): 46″

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1930s NRA tagged Chippewa chinstrap work shirt

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This vintage shirt was made in Wisconsin between 1933 and 1935 by the Chippewa Falls Woolen Mill under the Chippewa label. It is made of red and black wool, with long tails, buttoned breast pockets, and a extension tab or ” chinstrap ” collar stand. These shirts were popular workwear during the fall and winter months. The shirt bears a NRA Cotton Code (National Recovery Act) tag, which helps date it within a three year span.

Chest (pit to pit): 25″ (doubled = 50″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 21″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 24″
Length (Base of collar to hem): 32″

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1940s Klinkerfues North Country Outdoor Wear curling club jacket

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This vintage jacket was made in the mid 1940s by North Country Outdoor Wear – styled by Klinkerfues Bros Co, St. Paul, MN. It is a green and white plaid, with a brass Talon zipper front. There are buttoned breast pockets and handwarmer pockets. The jacket has shirt style cuffs and is unlined. The shoulder has patches from the Lacrosse Curling Club. The owner was Tri-state champ in 1947 and 1948. The jacket has a pin from the 1939 Indoor Outdoor Skating Championships, LaCrosse, Wisconsin.

Chest (pit to pit): 22″
Shoulder to Shoulder: 18″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 24″
Length: 27″

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1950s fringed deerskin jacket

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This vintage leather jacket was made in the 1950s, likely by one of the many Wisconsin deerskin leather tanneries / jacket makers. It is made of russet colored deerskin, in a western utility jacket cut with fringed front and rear yokes. It has elasticized sides, a ’50s update from the older side buckle adjusters. It has button cuffs and handwarmer pockets. The jacket does up with a Conmar zipper of the design used in the 1950s.

Chest (pit to pit): 23″ (doubled = 46″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 19-1/2″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 27″
Length (base of collar to hem): 27″

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Monarch horsehide barnstormer leather jacket

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This vintage jacket was made by Monarch Mfg. of Milwaukee WI in the late 1930s or early 1940s. It is a belted, double breasted style. This has since come to be known among collectors as a barnstormer style, named after the aviators of the 1920s who wore similar styles. The jacket is made of russet horsehide, with a 3×6 double breasted front. There are handwarmer pockets (known originally as “muff” pockets), as well as flapped cargo pockets. These have deeply scalloped pocket flaps. The jacket is lined with blanket wool in the body, with quilted shoulders and sleeves. The U shaped seam between the two lining materials is a detail I have only seen on other Monarch jackets. The label is of a style used in the 1930s through about the end of WWII. The leather has some really incredible grain, highlighted by decades of usage. The treatment of the seams is unusual. Whereas most jackets, leather or otherwise, will have a seam at the edge of the jacket, or on the edge of the lapels, this one minimizes them by folding the leather around to form the front and back panel.

The Monarch Manufacturing Company was founded in 1892 by Paul Asch. In 1917, they relocated to a new factory, located at 246 East Chicago St., Milwaukee, WI. They built at least four more factories in Milwaukee, employing over a thousand workers by 1922. Throughout the life of the company, they specialized in leather, sheepskin and fabric outerwear for men and boys. They produced A-2 contracts during WWII.

Chest (pit to pit): 23″
Shoulder to shoulder: 18″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 26-1/2″
Length (collar seam to hem): 30″

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1950s Deerskin leather half-belt jacket

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This vintage leather jacket was made from deerskin, probably in the late 1950s or 1960s. I have had this exact pattern of jacket before, but with a zipper front instead of the button front which this one sports. The other one had a mid 1950s Conmar zipper. However, many of these small deerskin jacket tailors kept the same exact pattern for years, so it could well go into the 1960s. With that said, it’s a button front, surcoat length halfbelt. It has slash handwarmer pockets and flapped cargo pockets, and has two zipper closure pockets on the chest. The back has a subtly western scalloped yoke and a half-belt.

Chest (pit to pit): 23″
Shoulder to shoulder: 18-1/2″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 26″
Length: 31-1/2″

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