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.
These vintage zippers were made in the 1940s. They are heavy duty, with two-way teeth, developed for the army during WWII, and a spring loaded, pin lock slider. The tape measures 10-3/4″, the teeth track measures 7-1/2″.
This vintage deposit bag was made between 1928 and 1932 for the Elizabethtown Trust Company of Elizabethtown, PA. It is datable by its rare transitional Hookless zipper. These dual-branded zips were produced from ’28 to ’32 during a period where the Hookless Fastener Company of Meadville, PA had changed the name of their product from Hookless to Talon, but kept their company name on the slider. The company would change their name to Talon to match the name of their product in 1937. This is an early example of the transitional slider design, and has the full range of patents on the back, 3-20-17, 10-16-17, 11-25-19, 10-13-25, and 12-22-25.
This vintage jacket was made in Sweden. It bears their typical military label. This example appears to be dated either 1961 or 1981, though the basic style goes back to the 1920s. This one has been converted (and a well done conversion too) to a zipper closure from the original button closure. The jacket has raglan shoulders with epaulettes. It is fully lined. The zipper is a double Eclair, which is a bit fiddly, a problem of these two-way zippers.
Chest (pit to pit): 21-1/2″ (doubled = 43″)
Sleeve (center of collar to cuff): 33-1/2″
Length (base of collar to hem): 34-1/2″
This vintage money belt was made in the 1950s. These were popular with US servicemen for keeping money and other personal objects safe. This one was used by a L.O. Lemon, and has a Japanese bell shaped zipper which takes stylistic cues from pre-war Talon zippers.
BF Goodrich introduced the Zipper Boot in 1923. It was one of the earliest successful uses of the Hookless Slide Fastener. The fastener became so inseparable from the boot in these early years that the boot’s name, the Zipper came to be the generic term for what had previously been called the Hookless slide fastener. This ashtray depicts the early version of the boot, from about 1924, which features the no-hole version of the Hookless fastener.
This zipper sider and pull was made by Talon in the 1930s. It has the round holed slider which was a re-tooling of earlier Hookless labeled zippers. Many reproduction manufacturers inaccurately put reproductions of mid-1920s style Hookless marked zippers on 1930s style jackets (not to mention the separable bottomed zipper wasn’t even invented until 1930, so any solely Hookless marked zipper is entirely anachronistic for a zipper front jacket). Upgrade yours to an original Talon marked slider!
This vintage money belt was made in the 1930s. It is canvas, with a mid-1930s fantail Talon in a no. 5 size (this design was also made in smaller no. 3). It has a d-ring buckle setup with a long waist strap, making it adjustable to a variety of waist sizes. The moneybelt has three divisions inside, two smaller, one larger.