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Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by bretron, Aug 2, 2012.
Good one, Butte
Vintage 50's HH HB from Hercules.
Very nice. Any details?
Thanks, it's an earlier vest of a 30 yr old US company called Coronado leather. I never heard of the company until I picked the vest up at a flea market on Sunday. It's an amazing vest with an incredible hide, heavy yet buttery soft. The craftsmanship is really, really high, on par with my old 50s Aero HB.
Wow, nice. Is that a pocket watch pocket there? I don't know what you paid. But that's sweet! Congrats.
Really nice vest Trapp, hope it fits well.
Yes, that's a pocket watch pocket. Perhaps more interesting is that one of the handwarmer pockets has a removable holster built into it. Seems the company specialized in handcrafted leather jackets/vests with concealed weapon capabilities. Interesting combo.
The vest fits perfect and I love the details: classic pattern, two snap closure pistol pockets, the unbranded brass snaps that have patina'd over the years. I'm not sure what animal the hide came from but I can't imagine a nicer hide for the vest. Whoever made this thing did a beautiful job selecting, cutting, and sewing the panels. I also like the back, which reminds me a little of the Aero Pioneer. If I were able to snap my fingers and make any change, I might omit the watch pocket for a cleaner presentation. I would hesitate even to do that.
I haven't decided yet whether I can really 'do' a leather vest. If I can, this will be the one.
A very nice thing, Trapp. Congrats on the buy
Vintage FQ Horsehide Long Half-Belt. Not sure of the date or company.
Harley Davidson AMF Motorcycle Jacket, 1970s, starting to show a bit of patina on the edges.
Such a classic...
I don't have anything to contribute, yet... (even though my Schott 618 is starting to show some patina on the edges) but I wanted to give a bump to this great thread. Bring on the patina!
This one's really nice! Perfect MC jacket.
sorry for necroing this undead thread...
another thread reminded me about a conversation I had few weeks or moths ago, a relative asked me where to find a service to make his jacket black again, since his black jacket looks not so black anymore during the day and that got him self conscious about it, and if a shoecream could do the job, so maybe the general population HATE patina and faded leather apparently...
what advice should I give him? DYI leather dye? it was a thin leather maybe calf with almost no grain and very soft that slightly fades to grey it also have very minimal crease, chrome tanned perhaps, I'm not sure leather dye can work or just rubs off.
Tell him about Dr Jacksons Hide Rejuvenator. It's the "patina killer"
I once dyed a green German police jacket black and then used some matt leather spray to tone down the effect.It was worth the effort but it certainly rubbed off for some time after.
my 5 yrs old sheep jacket, some color fading on this one, not patina per say, but worn in creases and settled on patches.. Metal Gear patches... I can't hate Metal Gear...
I have used Pecard before that killed the patina. As handymike said, Dr Jacksons Hide Rejuvenator should do a very good job of killing the patina and restoring the finish. Try that before having it dyed. Of Course restoring the patina will destroy the character of the jacket.