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Sold on eBay: Vintage Levi’s Short Horn Pearl Snap Western Shirt

One of the most iconic brands in American history is the Levi Strauss Co. In the 1940’s and 50’s they were producing products with labels known today as “Levi’s Short Horn” labels. You can see that in the pictures below. These were very well constructed pieces, adapted over time and made for the hard working Americans who donned them. We’ve seen others sell on eBay recently for quite impressive sale prices (see here & here).

But this one’s a little bit different – it brings the western plaid to the table and the western plaid is a favorite of mine. Now I hate to have to admit this, but it’s my guess that the plaid is the reason for the low sale price. Seriously, pre-auction I would have guessed this shirt would have sold for $500+. I blame retailers like American Eagle and Hollister for this sort of response. They hijacked the western plaid years ago and have diminished it’s value in the vintage industry. Either way, it’s a beautiful piece. I should have bought this.

From the listing:

“- FOUND IN A BARN PACKED AWAY IN TRUNK FOR 50+ YEARS
- AWAY FROM LIGHT / MOISTURE
- RARE 1940S – 50S LEVIS / LEVI’S SHORT HORN WESTERN LABEL
- BEAUTIFUL PATINA
- FABRIC IS IN GREAT SHAPE – MINOR WEAR BUT READY TO WEAR
- INSIDE AND AROUND NECK CLEAN!
- PEARL SNAPS / HARDWARE IS PERFECT – NOTHING BROKEN NOR MISSING
- SAWTOOTH WESTERN PEARL SNAP FRONT POCKETS”

 

Here are the auction details:

Seller: eddymerckx14 / Brooklyn, NY

Price: $192.50

Label: Levi’s Short Horn

Condition: “Found in a barn packed in trunk for 50+ years”

 

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Sold on eBay: Flapper Girl On An Indian Motorcycle by Charles Sheldon

Recently, I’ve spent a lot of time searching for old photographs of motorcycles, apparel and any other vintage American subjects. I couldn’t escape this auction for a 1920’s photograph  taken by Charles Gates Sheldon of a flapper girl sitting atop a beautiful vintage Indian Motorcycle. It sold on April 3rd for a cool $431.88!  Grapefruit Moon Gallery has a really great write up on the illustrator and artist, Charles Sheldon, who was active from the turn of the century through the 1950’s. More of Sheldon’s classic illustrations can be found here.

From Grapefruit’s eBay auction page:

“You are bidding on a 1920 – 1928 in era sepia 5″ by 7″ inch original vintage photograph of a daring flapper girl enthralled and stylish on her art deco modernist Indian Motorcycle. This is pure and simple a great original antique archived old advertising photograph used for Fox Shoes. With her rolled down stockings, adorable pumps, and bare legs, she is certainly dressed for a wild time! A great old still with art deco elements and really tremendous beauty.A great jazz age and roaring 20s view. The model appears to be Eileen Percy, one of Sheldon’s favorites.

This photograph was taken by Charles Gates Sheldon at his Carnegie Hall studio, where he created advertising pastels and paintings for lingerie companies, Fox shoes, Breck shampoo (he originated the “Breck girl” campaign), and movie magazine cover portraits. Sheldon maintained a studio at Carnegie Hall in New York City during the 1920s-30s, and photographed the glamorous Hollywood film stars of the era for his cover portrait work. Stars who sat for Sheldon include: Jean Harlow, Clara Bow, Marion Davies, Gloria Swanson, Pola Negri, Olive Borden, Mary Pickford, and literally dozens of others. What makes this collection so interesting is these stills were never meant for public consumption, they were taken to be used for his pastel portraiture work. Many are unscripted – Sheldon was an amateur photographer essentially and it is unique to see such glamorous stars posed often times so informally.”

Here are the auction details:

Seller: grapefruitmoongallery / Minneapolis, MN

Price: $431.88 (23 bids)

Condition: “Excellent”

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Charles Gates SheldonA dapper Charles Gates Sheldon via Grapefruit Moon Galleries.

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Sold on eBay: Original Photo 20th Bombardment Squadron Wearing A1 Jackets

Found this gorgeous photo that sold on eBay. It’s worth a look especially for those beautiful A1 jackets. From the listing:

“Great 7×9 original image of the identified staff officers of the 20th bombardment squadron, in about 1930 or so.  They all wear the A1 flight jacket with square versions of the 20th bombardment patch, SUPER looking!  Slightly light exposure.  Man standing in center is squadron commander Captain Robert Cronau.  Back notes this is at Langley Field, VA.”

Here are the auction details:

Seller: notime

Price: $38.85

Condition: “Some paper remnant may be on back from a scrapbook”

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Sold on eBay : Vintage Langlitz Columbia Leather Jacket in Horsehide

The Langlitz Columbia Leather Jacket is a classic motorcycle jacket made by Langlitz in Portland. They’ve been producing these since Ross made them by hand in the late 1940’s. As far as I’m concerned, Langlitz is the standard of high quality motorcycle apparel even today! This particular jacket sold way back in December and was made of horsehide. It looks to have all it’s original zippers – including an excellent Crown main zipper! The leather has a terrific patina and looks to be gorgeously worn. I’m consistently surprised by the value of these pieces. Not 3 years ago, this jacket would have sold for $1,100+ but now it’s selling for just under $700.

The Columbia description from the Langlitz website:

“This is our most popular jacket. It features a front zipper, two outside zippered pockets, one open inside map pocket, and zippered sleeves. It has a double-thick rear kidney panel that provides support and helps for lower back coverage. This jacket comes standard with a dress collar but may also be ordered with a cossack collar at no charge.”

Here are the auction details:

Seller: iontorpedo / Portland, Oregon

Price: $679.95

Label: Langlitz Leathers

Condition: “Excellent overall, very clean and all original.”

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Sold on eBay: 5 Excellent Vintage Military Squadron Patches

These vintage military squadron patches have all sold on eBay over the last several weeks. They really are amazing pieces of military history and really are to be appreciated.

The first is a WW2 era Geronimo 501st Airborne Patch that sold by way of seller “zwara1″ for $1,480!

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The second is an excellent Navy Attack Squadron Patch VA JET 851 sold by “neetstuf-4-u” for $641.09.

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Next is a Jolly Rogers Fighting Eighty-Four patch from “rarepatchman” for $227.50.

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Next is a Aircraft Control & Waring Air Force patch from seller “vzenke” that sold for $512.

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Finally, an awesome WW2 US Marines Bat-Eye Squadron patch from seller “dalkeith71″ for $1,000.

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Sold on eBay: Vintage B&L Ray Ban Wayfarer Sunglasses

Bausch & Lomb has been around a long, long time but it wasn’t until 1936 that they started the Ray Ban line of sunglasses for pilots. The classic aviator sunglasses are still the standard of cool. In 1956 Ray Ban broke from the metal eyewear and took advantage of the new plastic molding technology to produce the Wayfarer. The design was a radically new shape, “a mid-century classic to rival Eames chairs and Cadillac tail fins.” They were huge in the 1950’s and 60’s but the black hole of the 1970’s swallowed them up and the Wayfarer almost disappeared completely. A few endorsement deals later and Tom Cruise was Risky Businessesing his way into movie history. The 1980’s brought a revival to the brand and the Wayfarer was selling like hot cakes again.

This pair is an excellent example of the Ray Ban Wayfarer from the 1980’s. The condition is terrific and let’s be honest, these were made in the USA long before Ray Ban was sold off to Luxottica and set on fire in the pile of mediocrity. These have weight and are well made. This sale price isn’t terribly surprising either.

Here are the auction details:

Seller: omegaconstellations / Wales, UK
Price: $264.39
Label: Bousch & Lomb Ray Ban
Condition: Deadstock.

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Sold on eBay: More Amazing Harley Davidson Vintage Items from the 1950’s

These items needed to be featured. While also posting that amazing 1930’s Harley Davidson sweater, the eBay seller “hydra-glide” also posted some incredible vintage HD side items.  In addition to being really stellar pieces, these items are beautifully photographed and really set off their respective eBay listings.

The first is a 1950’s Baby Ben alarm clock in working condition. Here are the auction details:

Seller: hydra-glide / Woodbridge, IL

Price: $303.99

Condition: “Shows wear. Scratches, scuffs, glass face intact. Works.”

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The next item is this amazing 1950’s Harley lighter. Here are the auction details:

Seller: hyda-glide / Woodbridge, IL

Price: $203.50

Condition:  “Shows wear. Light pitting and very minor surface rust here and there.”

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Which do you like better? …the unique Harley Davidson alarm clock or the colorful Harley Davidson lighter?  Leave your answer below.

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Sold on eBay: Vintage WW2 A2 Leather Jacket Painted Art & Squadron Patch

One of the best jackets to ever be created was the Rough Wear Type A2 Leather Jacket for the US Army Air Force pilots, navigators and bombardiers. The Rough Wear Clothing Co. of Middletown, PA was likely the most prolific war-time producer of A-2 jackets. They were contracted in the spring of 1941 and this jacket was produced during that run. Most A2’s were made of horsehide but I believe this jacket is made of goat – though I could be wrong. Either way, the painting brings it’s own history to this piece. Certainly unique and very much amazing.

From the listing:

“The Art: The rear of the jacket pictures a sickly-looking, terrified Adolf Hitler plugging his ears as a bomb drops from the sky toward his head. In yellow lettering, the phrase “No use, Adolf” appears above his head to the left. The Patches: On the left shoulder there is a beautiful bullion-on-wool Army Air Force SSI. On the front of the jacket appears a beautiful felt embroidered black cat riding a yellow bomb in front of a large red “V.” Above the cat is the pin “To Hell with Hitler.” The patch is sewn on a larger green leather disk.  The disk is then sewn on the jacket. It appears the disk was sewn over four metal snaps where something was previously snapped (perhaps another patch?)”

Here are the auction details:

Seller: majortedssr / South Yarmouth, MA

Price: $1,125

Label: Rough Wear Clothing Co. / Sz. 42

Condition: “Jacket leather is soft and creamy soft – totally wearable.  Zipper is in perfect working order.”

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