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!!”
In the 1930’s there were several sportswear companies established in the state of California. They would emphasize this fact on their labels with statements such as “Styled and Tailored in California” – Block Bilt was one such company. Block Bilt was originally a saddle company but they had built a repuatiation as one of the best 1930’s horsehide leather jacket makers in Los Angeles. The brand bounced from the scene by the early 1960’s. Along with these aviator style jackets, Block Bilt also made California highway patrol (CHP) jackets under the “Star” brand name. They were constructed of top quality, thick horsehide leather as well.
I’ve seen this aviator jacket before. Some have had amazing back detailing and western yoking across the shoulders. This one has the plain back. The condition seems to be as close to deadstock as you can be. Everything is original and in working order. There appears to be no problems with the leather and the interior liner is near perfect. $2,000 seems like a very reasonable selling price for this piece. I just wonder what the end user will end up paying….
Have a look.
1930s-40s Block Bilt HORSEHIDE Motorcycle Jacket & ORIGINAL Care Pamphlet NICE!!
Seller: eclectibilia / Bellevue, ID
Label: Block Bilt Sportswear