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Sold on eBay: 1930s Pre WWII Zielinski 37J1 US Navy Flight Jacket

It’s been far too long since I’ve posted, and I regret that. In order to make it up to those who have been waiting, begging and pleading for some new vintage content, let’s go on a little tour of vintage from the last 2 months. We’ll start with this excellent US Navy Flight Jacket  -a great piece of military history that sold on eBay way back on May 18th. From the listing:

“This jacket is an original U.S. Navy 37J1 from around 1937. The jacket is in well used condition, and is one of the most rare types found these days. These were issued throughout the 1930s by the Navy for flight crews, and a number of contractors made them, including Aero Leather. This particular contractor made flight clothing of other types for the Navy as well. 

We were able to lend this very same jacket to The Real McCoy’s of Japan to make their own copy of this contract. It has done well, and they are currently still making it.”

Here are the auction details:

 Original 1930s Pre-WWII Zielinski 37J1 U.S. Navy Flight Jacket Est. Size 42 USN

Seller: chapy2k / Mountlake Terrace, WA
Price: $4,550
Label: Bureau of Aeronautics Navy Department Style 37J1 by Michael A. Zielinski Co.
Condition: “Used”

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Sold on eBay: Original 1940′s Wrangler Blue Bell Denim Western Shirt

This amazing Wrangler Blue Bell denim shirt sold on eBay several days back. It’s another fine example of the denim western shirts that have been killing the eBay market over the last several months. The color and the condition really set this piece off – it’s hardly worn! From the listing:

“Fantastic original vintage 1940′s Wrangler Blue Bell Denim western Cowboy Shirt
All original in excellent condition
This shirt is NOT a Reproduction
Denim still very dark, washed a couple times only
All Snaps are excellent
No stains or holes.”

Here are the auction details:

Vintage Original 1940′s WRANGLER BLUE BELL Dark DENIM Western COWBOY SHIRT

Seller: planet_archives
Price: $1,525.00 (29 bids)
Label: Wrangler Blue Bell / Sz. 14.5-33
Condition: Near Deadstock – hardly worn!

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Our New Online Store is Now Live

It’s only taken a decade but the wearekoalas online store has finally arrived. We’ve launched with a hand picked selection of top quality vintage products from our archive and a few pieces on consignment from around the country. Contact us if you have items you would be interested in selling – we’re always looking for new pieces.

Visit the new store page for a chance to add some fine quality pieces to your vintage collection. As always, feel free to make an offer on any item.

Thanks for being a part of wearekoalas.

-Matt

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Harley Davidson 1925This image comes from Shorpy. “Washington, D.C., circa 1925. “H. Addison Bowie.” A motorcycle dealer on H Street. With “Harley-Davidson” in the big window under “Distributors,” and a smaller sign upstairs.” Click it to view the HD version.

 

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Sold on eBay: Vintage US Air Force Tee Shirt from Minter Field, CA

Here’s an excellent vintage US Air Force tee shirt from the post World War 2 era. Looks to be in great shape too. $212 seemed like a lower selling price than I would have expected. Either way, it’s a great shirt. Here are the auction details:

Vintage US Air Force Military Training Tee T-Shirt Minter Field California

 

Seller: hopscotch2211 / Phoenix, AZ

Price: $212.50

Label: Still intact. Unable to read.

Condition: Looks to be in really great shape.

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Sold on eBay: Vintage Ray Ban Aviator Sunglasses from the 1940′s

These vintage Ray Ban Aviator sunglasses are my personal favorites. I don’t think you can purchase a better pair of shades for this upcoming summer season then the 12k gold filled, made in America version of the Ray Ban Aviators. Here’s a quick history of B&L Ray Ban from Men’s Health:

“The history of the Ray-Ban aviator dates back to 1929 when General John MacCready, a US army Air Corps lieutenant, commissioned a team of technical design experts to create army pilot goggles that would stop his men suffering headaches and nausea caused by glare at altitude.Originally known as ‘Anti-Glare’, the glasses were soon rebranded to emphasise how this new accessory could effectively block (Ban) sun rays (Ray). With foresight, the company saw an opportunity to bring their frames to the masses, and in 1937 the Ray-Ban Aviator was born, becoming an instant classic. A status they’ve retained ever since..”

In 1999 Ray Ban was sold to Luxxxx……..ugh. Nevermind. I’m begging you – buy vintage Ray Ban’s.

Here are the sale detals:

Vintage (1940′s) 1950′s B&L Ray Ban Aviator Sunglasses 1/10 12k GF 58mm RB-3 Lenses

Seller: jhern10010 / Homestead, FL

Price: $279.95

Label: Bausch & Lomb Ray Ban

Condition: Excellent vintage condition!

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Sold on eBay: Vintage Block Bilt Leather Jacket from the 1930′s

Block Bilt was producing some gorgeous leather jackets in the 1930′s and 40′s. You can see another example of this jacket here. I’ve got a hunch that the massive asking price most likely drove away some of the biggest potential buyers forcing the seller to settle on the sale price of about $1,000. That sale price is a guess because we don’t have access to the exact sale amount.

From the listing:

“Another AWESOME FIND from PortlandStation®.. You will be proud to own it! A fantastic look, and a popular style. Honestly, it looks even better than our pictures.. Be sure to review all of the crisp photos and double check your measurements with ours, provided below. Don’t miss out.. and be prepared for all the compliments!”

Here are the sale details:

D-Pocket USA Vtg BUCKLE BACK Horsehide GROMMET ZIPPER Leather MOTORCYCLE JACKET

Seller: portlandstation / Clackamas, OR

Price: Offered for $9,998.98 / Offer accepted $1,000???

Label: Block Bilt

Condition: “USA MADE – 1930s – Block Bilt – Incredible Condition for it’s age!!”

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Sold on eBay: Vintage Shawl Collar Cardigan Sweater

Wow. What a sweater. So, if you’re like me, you love yourself some amazing vintage shawl collar cardigan sweaters! This one is no exception. No doubt it would have sold for a better price in the autumn season – it’s a strange time to be selling such a great winter item.  Selling this item in the early fall would have raised that price to $800+ I’ve gotta believe. Looks to be in terrific shape – all it’s buttons exist and there doesn’t appear to be any holes or snags. 

Check out some examples of great vintage shawl collar cardigan sweaters worn by Major League Baseball players here.

Here are the auction details:

VINTAGE 40S WOOL SHAWL COLLAR CARTIGAN LETTERMAN SWEATER MENS 36

Seller: ohhh_yeah! / Portland, OR

Price: $380.99

Label: Roper / sz. 36

Condition: “Great condition – no holes, stains or ordos”

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Vintage Harley Davidson Slick Operator T Shirt

Sold on eBay: Vintage Harley Davidson Slick Operator Champion Blue Bar T Shirt

Harley Davidson has had some unique & amazing t shirt designs. This “Slick Operator” tee is certainly one of them. Printed on a Champion blue bar t shirt, this shirt features the Evil Kneivel #1 logo on a can of Harley Davidson motorcycle oil as it pours out the slick operator print… It’s a classic Harley tee.

Here are the auction details:

Vintage HARLEY DAVIDSON 70s Slick Operator Champion Blue Bar t shirt SMALL S

Seller: vintagepimps / Bedminster, NJ

Price: $306.00 (38 bids)

Label: Champion Blue Bar . Medium

Condition: “Great condition with some red bleeding marks on front and some marks”

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