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Discussion in '2011-2017 Classic Menswear' started by tweedydon, Nov 28, 2015.

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  1. tweedydon

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    May 18, 2009

    Made for Mullin's of Wilmington

    This is a lovely example of a tweed shooting jacket! Cut from classic brown and cream herringbone tweed, this shooting jacket--which from it heft is clearly intended to be outerwear--has all of the features that you'd want in a functional utility jacket; this was clearly designed for use, not for merely looking the part.

    It is, first, cut from a beautifully sturdy and classic brown herringbone tweed. It features two deep handwarmer pockets--like a Barbour Border--and two deep bellows pockets at the front, which are protected by flaps. It has, of course, a shooting patch on the shoulder, which is likely suede; this is complemented by the two suede elbow patches. The jacket is fully lined with an all-wool liner with what appears to be a bemberg covering in the shoulder back area. It has a single center vent, and a four button closure--the buttons are nicely oversized for closing with gloved (or cold!) hands. It also has a shoulder yoke--as you'd expect from a shooting jacket--and a chain locker look, which is intact.

    This coat was Union Made in the USA, likely in the late 1960s. It was expressly made for Mullin's, the traditional men's clothiers in Wilmington, DE Mullins opened in the C19th and expanded to Market Street in 1917; it moved from there to the suburbs in 1974, where it continued to sell traditional clothing until its demise. One of its last customers was a man who liked its conservative "banker" style... a young politician named Joe Biden.

    This jacket was made by Zero King, and since it's a pre-1978 item it dates from the time when Zero King was the headline brand of B. W. Harris Manufacturing, a family-owned business based in Minnesota that specialized in outerwear.... and that made all of its clothes in Minnesota. (This was acquired by Palm Beach in 1978, and then re-acquired by the Harris family in 1983). So, this is a lovely example of domestic clothing manufacturing from a family business!

    This coat is in Very Good condition; I'm very conservative with rating vintage items, and this has a small weave flaw on the front, which was likely there from new, as well as some water marking on the bemberg lining, as shown.

    Asking just $65 > 59, or offer, boxed and shipped in the USA.

    This is tagged 40; it measures

    Chest: 21 1/2
    Sleeve: 24 1/2 (+2)
    Shoulder: 18 1/2
    Length: 31 1/8



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