Monday, January 26, 2015

1960s Brent half-belt jacket

This vintage leather jacket was made in the 1960s for Montgomery Ward under their Brent label.  It is a classic half-belt cossack leather jacket style, popular from the 1930s-1960s. While it is not labeled, with its heavier weight, this feels like a steerhide rather than horsehide. This one has a larger Talon zipper than earlier models, as well as a quilted nylon lining.  These are rare to find in larger sizes like this, and even rarer to find in such good condition.

This type of '60s version, with its heavier leather, simplified lines and detailing and disproportionately large zipper seems to be more in line with the "ruggedly manly" perception some people have of '30s jackets of this style who have never handled the originals.

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