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  1. Patrick Hall

    Any idea where I can get this?

    These pale colored summer dinner jackets show up on eBay regularly, generally for low prices. The 1-on-2 button stance will make it an even easier item to snag, as that is not a very popular design feature.
  2. Patrick Hall

    The ribbon on Dracula's suit...?!

    According to Wikipedia, the Iron Cross was an old Prussian military award that Hitler restored. It was awarded for bravery in battle. The 2nd class ones, which is what OP was asking about, were very proliferate. According to wikipedia, like 4 million of them were distributed, compared to only...
  3. Patrick Hall

    CC41 - decoding the codes

    I think there is a certain amount of planned obsolescence involved too. The flimsier the "luxury" super wools are, the quicker your suit wears out, and the quicker you buy another one.
  4. Patrick Hall

    CC41 - decoding the codes

    I agree. There are plenty of good suiting fabrics out there. I recently have gotten into the P&B Universal bunch from Harrison's - a 16 oz worsted with incredible drape potential. Good wool is out there. It's just pricey, and often not used for RTW production.
  5. Patrick Hall

    The Thread to Display Your 1940s Suits

    Based on the snap-buttons on the trousers I would have guessed early '50s, but that is the '39 union tag. So very late forties is a good bet!
  6. Patrick Hall

    Show off the sports coats.

    I second everyone else's opinion. There is just not enough contrast between the camel and khaki. But the fit of all the pieces is perfect! Well done!
  7. Patrick Hall

    The Thread to Display Your 1940s Suits

    Thanks! Macintosh was well known for selling an exaggerated version of the drape cut. This style was first worn by Filipino immigrants during the 30's. George Raft loved Macintosh suits, and if you google him you can see the earliest version of the Macintosh cut. This particular suit was sold at...
  8. Patrick Hall

    The Thread to Display Your 1930s Suits

    Sometimes that happens, unfortunately. Well, mid-to-late 30's is the best bet I can give you. Perhaps others have more specific guesses. Hope you'll share some of your own photos of your recent acquisitions! They look beautiful.
  9. Patrick Hall

    Removing Ancient Stains

    Spagelo, Everything hinges on one question: what is the jacket made of? If wool, you were right to stop with the wet clean. Wool felts when it comes into contact with water, and the jacket would shrink and be ruined. Unfortunately, there just aren't many options for lifting stains from wool...
  10. Patrick Hall

    The Thread to Display Your 1930s Suits

    Hi Jason, in regards to the brown double breasted suit you bought from Jeffrey Solis, it's hard to date it with much more precision than he already has. I went and looked at the other photos of it on his FB page - I'd hazard a guess that it is mid-to-late-30's based on the shoulder expression...
  11. Patrick Hall

    The Thread to Display Your 1930s Suits

    Wow - I'd say that's pretty conclusive. Good job Matt!
  12. Patrick Hall

    The ribbon on Dracula's suit...?!

    that's the one! Nazis/Dracula - not a hard leap in the subconscious imagination.
  13. Patrick Hall

    The ribbon on Dracula's suit...?!

    You might also be thinking about the Nazi version of the Iron Cross 2nd class that has become a pretty iconic piece of Nazi costuming in film. Recipients generally only wore the ribbon for every day wear, from the second button of their tunic. But it's the same colors as your photoshop. Google...
  14. Patrick Hall

    The Thread to Display Your 1930s Suits

    I'm afraid I have no idea about the label. Matt's guess is as good as any. Honestly, there were so many factories churning out suits, trying to identify that label is probably a lost cause. In any case, it's an absolutely gorgeous suit, in a stunning fabric - the kind of woven stripe no one...
  15. Patrick Hall

    The Thread to Display Your 1930s Suits

    The United Garment Workers of America used that same label more or less from the 1930s until they ceased to exist in 1994. So it's not going to be particularly helpful for dating purposes. That being said though, I'd guess your suit is from the early 30's.
  16. Patrick Hall

    Bespoke Suits (1930s Style)

    He's a bartender here. Just shoot him a PM. He also has an active instagram account, and he's active on FB.
  17. Patrick Hall

    The Thread to Display Your 1940s Suits

    yup. those are some serious shoulder pads. otherwise a beautiful suit!
  18. Patrick Hall

    Shoulder Width Question

    This is a difficult question to answer unequivocally, because shoulder width is so much a matter of style. If you have a coat with an unpadded, completely natural shoulder, an extra two inches would definitely cause the unsightly droopage that Mathematicus mentioned. But if there is enough...
  19. Patrick Hall

    Shoulder Width Question

    You are basically talking about an extra quarter inch each shoulder - the difference is pretty minimal, though I find a quarter inch is a big enough variance to be noticeable to the eye. The shoulders of the coat you are eyeing will just feel more extended, especially relative to a closer chest...
  20. Patrick Hall

    Suit identification

    Can't tell you anything about the maker or the haberdasher where it was sold, but I'd say this suit is from the late 60's-early 70's, given the style of the front trouser pockets, the hacking pockets on the coat and the pagoda shoulders. The only uncharacteristic detail is the lapels, which are...

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