Sunday, March 30, 2014

Mid 1930s suede halfbelt

As I was saying yesterday, many leather jackets of the 1930s were lightweight windbreakers.  This one is unlined capeskin suede. Mid '30s Talon grommet zipper, with a sunburst slider and oval slider/puller attachment.  Fancy buckles on the adjusters.  Someone wore this jacket hard, and there are numerous leather patches on the inside. 

Saturday, March 29, 2014

1932 Suede Leather Blouse

I still don't understand why so many people in the leather community associate ridiculous weight with quality. So many leather jackets of the 1920s and 1930s were made of lightweight suede or capeskin. Many were unlined. They were the nylon windbreakers of their day.

Friday, March 28, 2014

1930- Commander of the Highways and Airways

Just a few years later, the "aviator" jacket would come to mean something much more streamlined. This suit consists of a double breasted, belted horsehide coat with a heavy mackinaw lining and matching horsehide breeches.  Add to that a horsehide eight panel cap and tall boots and you've got a serious rig. 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

1931 Balkan Model Coat

30 oz mackinaw cloth body and imitation leather sleeves and trim. Snap front and paneled styling.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

1949 Aviator / Motorcycle jacket

This Hercules labeled jacket from 1949 is a transitional model.  It has the chest pocket, handwarmers and belted back of pre-war and wartime "Aviator" or "Aviation" leather jackets, with the addition of modified zipper cuffs.  As seen yesterday, the motorcycle jacket in its recognizable form was already being sold by this point, but it's interesting to see the convergence of the two related styles.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

United Carr snaps

A chronology of United Carr ring snaps which can be used as one more tool for dating vintage jackets.
  Top is from a jacket dating from the early 1930s.  Second, mid 1930s, third, 1940s, fourth, 1960s.