Show your graining

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by North_Star, Aug 25, 2020.

  1. Monitor

    Monitor

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    It didn't have a label but I identified it as Sears. Actually, come to think of it, I'm not 100% sure it is Sears but all the details were there. . .
    This jacket was really, really beautiful & quality-wise, it was on par with Vanson. Leather was among the best I've seen on a vintage jacket. Full of natural character and very heavy & all the other material was good.
    Sadly, the jacket was much too large for me. I think it was a 44 or a 46. I wore it for a while during the winter but passed it on since.

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  2. Monitor

    Monitor

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    I have another one that's equally beautiful, only a lot lighter. Not even close as heavy as the one above but also a very gorgeous jacket. That one is an Oakbrook label.

    It's like the one above was a winter version and this one is a summer version.

    Funny thing, though - of all the jackets that I've had, two that always remained in the collection were both Sears (D-pocket and this CR) & I regret selling the one in the post above. I honestly don't think I would've ever had a need for another jacket with these three around.

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  3. Claybertrand

    Claybertrand Practically Family

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    Very interesting. Could you please post these in the Sears Motorcycle History Thread????:rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes: I was just asking Terry about these a couple of days ago and saying how I haven't seen many around and here you go posting TWO!!!!!!

    Interesting design aspects on that Oakbrook----Straight Chest Zips with the flap covering the zipper tracks---those almost look like an inner pocket lining. Also the Hips with those side cuts on both jackets is unique for Cafe Racers. You see them with different adjusters there to cinch that area --- some Lescos and Old Orchard/Brandeds have zippers there for expansion and mobility but you don't often see the hip side cuts (for lack of a better or more correct term).

    Hide quality looks interestingly decent as well. If you could just post some pics of these in that Sears Thread that would add some good info to that thread. Not much out there on Sears CRs. ;)
     
  4. handymike

    handymike I'll Lock Up

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    I just discovered that my Hercules jacket is actually an Appalachian!
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  5. Albe64

    Albe64 New in Town

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    Talking about grain...Sealskin jacket...pretty grainy uh? 20201212_173727.jpg 20201212_173657.jpg
     
  6. tmitchell59

    tmitchell59 I'll Lock Up

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    How did you confirm this? Is this the jacket? Is it labeled Hercules?
     
  7. handymike

    handymike I'll Lock Up

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    My jacket didn’t come with a label, but was sold to me as a Hercules, and I have a photo of the exact same jacket with a Hercules label from a few years back on eBay.
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    ...Well, today I found this:
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    Also my jacket...complete with channel for the belt and Conmar zips.
     
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  8. tmitchell59

    tmitchell59 I'll Lock Up

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    That helps confirm the connection between Sears Brands and Appalachian. I know they made certain Oakbrook and Sears Fieldmaster jackets. Like your experience, I found the same jacket labeled as Appalachian, Oakbrook and Sears Fieldmaster.

    I have long suspected that Appalachian made some of the Sears Hercules motorcycle jackets. I believe they made jackets for Montgomery Ward and probably J.C.Penney. The same Leather tag/label is used briefly in the early 50s on Appalachian, JC penney, and Sears jackets.

    I also learned today about a connection between early Sportclad and Kurland MC jackets thanks to @Mysteryo.
     
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  9. Robson

    Robson New in Town

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    My brown Aero Highwayman and my black Hercules both in HH. IMG_20201218_150459526 (1).jpg
     
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  10. mtrlr

    mtrlr One of the Regulars

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  11. marker2037

    marker2037 A-List Customer

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  12. mtrlr

    mtrlr One of the Regulars

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    That's Vicenza from Aero.
     
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  13. Mr Knight

    Mr Knight Familiar Face

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    That looks great! Seal? Dark seal?
     
  14. mtrlr

    mtrlr One of the Regulars

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    It's actually black. Very easy to wear, soft and light, although I'm not very fond of Aero style.
     
  15. JMax

    JMax I'll Lock Up

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    Different section of my 50s Steerhide Windward. Also, the corduroy backed belt is a nice touch.

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  16. Riu

    Riu Practically Family

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    What type of horsehide is this? Love the creases!
     
  17. torfjord

    torfjord One Too Many

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  18. torfjord

    torfjord One Too Many

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    Sleeve creases on Fivestar premium seal goat.
     
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  19. abone2010

    abone2010 One of the Regulars

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    Any chance we could see a whole view of that jacket. I am intrigued by the design. Thanks!
     
  20. TooManyHatsOnlyOneHead

    TooManyHatsOnlyOneHead One Too Many

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    time for your favorite game... Guess the jacket...

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