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TWEED MEGATHREAD! c. 36 - 46: RARE Mid-Century Harris & Orkney Tweeds, More Harris Tweed, RARE Scott

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I have several beautiful jackets to pass on today--including some serious (and seriously beautiful) rarities, such as mid-Century tweeds from Harris and Orkney, a Scottish tweed with carved horn Flower of Scotland buttons, some more Harris tweeds, and some wonderful current 3/2 sacks from Brooks Brothers!

As always, I offer FREE SHIPPING ON EVERYTHING IN THE CONUS; International inquiries are welcome, with shipping at cost.


Please PM with interest and offers!

1) BEAUTIFUL CURRENT Made in Italy Brooks Brothers 3/2 sack in classic herringbone.


Take this with (9), below, for just $125, boxed and shipped in CONUS!

This is absolutely beautiful! Made in Italy for Brooks Brothers, this gorgeous jacket is in absolutely superb condition--it appears as though it has never been worn. Cut from medium-weight cloth with a lovely hand and drape in classic light grey herringbone, this jacket is half-canvassed and fully lined. It is cut as a 3/2 sack, with a lovely lapel roll. It has three button cuffs and a centre vent, and features the always-desirable flapped patch pockets. It's in absolutely superb condition.

Asking just $75, or offer.

Tagged 40L, this measures:

Chest: 20 1/4
Sleeve: 25 1/2 (+2 1/4)
Shoulder: 18 1/2
Length: 32 1/2

2) BEAUTIFUL and UNWORN Harris Tweed with striking lining!


This is a very, very lovely recent jacket! Cut from a lovely midweight Harris Tweed with just the right amount of hariness and heft, this jacket has a wonderful pattern and colourway, being a rare shepard's check in a lovely and subtle medly of various shades of greys and slate-blues (with the occasional fleck of forest green) that are reminiscent of a Scottish dusk. The jacket also features a beautiful and striking lining, featuring flying waterfowl. It's a contemporary two button front jacket with three button cuffs, subtle darting, and a single centre vent. I have provenance on this jacket, and it's unworn apart from being tried on--it comes complete with its original spare buttons in their original packaging. As such, it's in excellent condition. It was Made in the USA.

Asking just $50, or offer, for this lovely Harris tweed!


Chest: 21 1/4
Sleeve: 25 (+2)
SHoulder: 18 1/2
Length: 31

3) RARE! Classic and Beautiful 3/2 sack from Wanamaker's Department store of Philadelphia.


This is a lovely jacket, both in itself and for the American retailing history that it represents. Wanamaker's Department store was the first department store in Philadelphia, and flourished from 1876 until the middle of the C20th; it was sold by the original owning family's Trust in 1978. Wanamaker's was the store that invented the price tag, and offered its employees medical insurance, pensions, and profit-sharing long before these were standard.

Dating from when the store was still vibrant, this lovely jacket is a classic 3/2 sack with a very high lapel roll. The cut is beautiful, as are both the colouring and patterning--a wonderful subtle shepard's check in a heathery mixture of slate grey, peat black, and forest green--this really is a beautiful jacket! It is fully canvassed, and quarter-lined; it has the classic two button cuffs and was, of course, Made in the USA. This jacket was made in the Golden Age of the Ivy look, but it's still in excellent condition--and by that I mean excellent condition, with no caveats like "vintage" or "used". From the cut and colourway I'd assumed that this was a mid-century American tweed, but you couldn't tell from its condition.

This is accordingly a steal at just $50, or offer.

Tagged a (midcentury) 46, this measures:

Chest: 23
Sleeve: 24 1/2 (+1 1/2)
Shoulder: 19 1/2
Length: 30

4) STUNNING AND RARE! Beautifully tailored mid-century Harris Tweed from Austin Reed, Regent Street, London.

This is absolutely gorgeous--this is close to the Platonic Form of Harris Tweed! First, the cloth: This is a beautiful, heavier Harris from the middle of the C20th, not the flimsy stuff that can sometimes be found today. This is cloth designed and woven and intended to last decades--and this one is doing its job well, and is ready for more! This has exactly the heft you'd expect from a heavier British tweed jacket, intended for use in the country by the sporting classes. The colourway is also lovely, being a complex basketweave in sky blue, burnished chestnut, and cream. And note the label--this is an uncommon label even for the 1950s, when the classic "Orb" labels were in play (for the real Harris Tweed, and not its competitor, the "Harris tweed" that was sold as such but woven on the mainland, and not on the islands--a fact that prompted a lawsuit and the legal ruling that all Harris tweed must be loomed on the islands, and not just have wool from their sheep.) But, those who affixed the label knew this was Harris, as the orb stamp would have been on the bolt of cloth this was cut from.

It was made in the 1950s by Austin Reed in Regent Street, when Austin Reed offered excellent tailoring services. As such, it's a beautiful classic mid-century British cut--the sort that Ralph Lauren dreams of. As well as having the heft that you'd expect, then, this jacket has a three button front, single button countryside cuffs, and twin vents. It also has padded military shoulders to give its wearer the "V" look so desired by the sporting set, and as all of the men wearing this tweed at this time would have been in uniform a decade before. The jacket is also fully canvassed and fully lined, and the lining has been carefully cut and sewn so that it conforms to the silhouette of the jacket. This jacket has one main wallet pocket inside, and a divided pencil and pen pocket on the other side.

Part from some minor rust makings on the lining, as shown, this jacket is in absolutely excellent condition, and is ready to give you service for the next 50 years.

This is a bargain at just $75, or offer--you won't find a comparable jacket anywhere at this price!


Chest: 21 1/8
Sleeve: 25 (+2)
Shoulder: 17 1/4
Length: 30

5) STUNNING AND RARE! Mid-century ORKNEY Tweed jacket from Austin Reed, Regent Street, London.

Orkney tweed is of just the same quality as Harris--perhaps slightly better, as its hand can be slightly softer with no loss to the durability or ruggedness of the cloth--but is far, far rarer. This jacket, then, is quite a find simply for being made from Orkney.. especially since the wteed is question is a classic wide herringbone in brown and cream!

But there's far more to this jacket than the fact that it's cut from Orkney tweed. This jacket was made in 1955, in Regent Street, London, by Austin Reed, back when they were a serious tailoring operation. You might think that it was made for a senior British civil servant, or a member of the sporting British gentry, up in town to stay at his club for a week while visiting his solicitors. Fair guesses, but wrong. This jacket--and its Harris brother, above--was made for...

...a junior in an American high school.

Now, admittedly the High School in question was the Berkshire School of Massachusetts, one of the best private boarding schools in the country, and the high school student in question was John Francis Consolini, who later attended Georgetown, became a Green Beret, and then pioneered various innovations at JC Penney and elsewhere as a senior executive--but still, imagine a jacket of this quality being made for a high school student today!

And this is indeed a very, very serious and beautiful jacket. This is fully canvassed and fully lined, with a classic British twin vent. It has a classic British three button front, and single button cuffs. It has one deep wallet pocket in the interior, and a spilt pen and pencil pocket on the other side. It does have three minor flaws: (1) It is missing the top button at the front--an easy fix; (2) there is a small snag hole on the front, as shown--this could be fixed easily with either re-weaving or darning; (3) there is the start of a wear fray on one elbow--this calls for elbow patches. (And think--it took over 50 years to wear through this tweed!)

Given these flaws, this jacket is in Good/Very Good condition, and so is an absolute bargain at just $30, or offer. And remember--this is a mid-century jacket from London in ORKNEY tweed!


Chest: 20 1/4
Sleeve: 24 1/4
Shoulder: 18 1/2
Length: 29

6) BEAUTIFUL and COMPLEX Basketweave Harris Tweed


This jacket is wonderful--Harris Tweed at its complex and subtle best! Cut from a basketweave Harris Tweed that's a combination of greys and charcoals, closer examination of the tweed reveals beautiful subtle striping in damson purple, Royal blue, and berry red, making this a wonderful example of the Harris weaver's art--staid at first sight, but bursting with colour on close examination.

The jacket lives up to the cloth; it's half-canvassed and half-lined, with a single centre vent and a contemporary two button front. It has three button cuffs, and was Made in the USA. The buttons are all leather-covered and metal shanked; the cuff buttons have some considerable patina, as shown, but otherwise this jacket is in excellent condition. But, because of the buttons, I'm asking just

$45, or offer.

Tagged 42L, this measures:

Chest: 20 3/4
Sleeve: 26 (+1 1/2)
Shoulder: 18 1/2
Length: 32

7) Beautiful Scottish Tweed, with "Flower of Scotland" thistle horn buttons!


This is an absolutely beautiful tweed jacket! Cut from tweed woven in Scotland, this is a classic grey herringbone with a subtle overcheck of bracken and sky blue. This really is lovely! As well as being cut from a beautiful Scottish tweed, this jacket also boasts gorgeous buttons--real horn, with a bas-relief Scottish thistle on each. (There are four buttons to each cuff, and two larger buttons at the front.) The jacket is half-canvassed and half-lined, and features a single centre vent. It was Union Made in the USA for Bloomingdale's. It is excellent condition, and is a steal

at just $50, or offer--frankly, the buttons alone are worth this!


Chest: 20 1/2
Sleeve: 25 (+2 1/4)
Shoulder: 18
Length: 30 1/2

8) BEAUTIFUL Striped Harris Tweed

This jacket is wonderful! The tweed that this is cut from is beautiful--a wonderful striped Harris of the sort that is almost never made anymore, and which is redolent of the Ivy campuses of the late 1950s and early 1960s. This is a classic two button sack--rare and desirable in its own right--and features classic two button cuffs. It's half-canvassed and half-lined, and features a single centre vent. It was, of course, Union made in the USA, and features a lovely vintage Harris Tweed "Orb" label. This is a beautiful tweed in a rare patterning and colourway, and a rare cut, and so

is a steal at just $45, or offer.


Chest: 22 1/4
Sleeve: 25 (+ 1 3/4)
Shoulder: 19
Length: 30 1/4

9) STUNNING Recent Brooks Brothers Camelhair 3/2 sack.


Take this with (1), above, for just $125, boxed and shipped in CONUS!

This is absolutely beautiful! Cut from beautifully soft camelhair that has a simply wonderful drape and hand, this gorgeous jacket also features a beautiful patterning and colourway--a miniature brown herringbone with a windowpane overcheck in bracken and golden tan. This lovely, soft, jacket is half-canvassed and fully lined, and is cut as a classic 3/2 sack with a lovely lapel roll. It features a single centre vent, and three button cuffs. It was Made in the USA at a time when so much is not, and it's in absolutely beautiful condition.

Asking just $75, or offer, boxed and shipped in CONUS.

Tagged a 40L, this measures:

Chest: 20 1/4
Sleeve: 25 1/2 (+2 1/4)
Shoulder: 18 1/4
Length: 32



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