Here’s an excellent vintage Grizzly jacket that sold at auction. Stella Coats in the UK has been cranking out excellent vintage apparel for quite some time – this one’s no exception. In terrific condition and showing a great patina, this grizzly sold for an excellent amount on eBay. From the listing:
“Overall Stunning Jacket, Leather has a worn but superb looking patina with no damage or marks and only minor cracking on one shoulder. Lamb panels are Stunning and beautifully rich with no real wear or damage, a small bit matted on the back shoulder corner but minor fault and doesnt really affect the look of the jacket (see close up pictures).”
Here are the auction details:
Original Vintage 1930s GRIZZLY Leather HORSEHIDE Motorcycle Jacket Lambskin Fur
Seller: stella_coats / Nuneaton, United Kingdom
Label: “Bonds Style Manor” / no size.
Condition: Overall Stunning jacket, leather has a worn but superb looking patina with no damage or marks. Missing one of the adjustable side straps unfortunately.
AH, the vintage Grizzly jacket. Certainly, a unique jacket! I’ve had a couple of these vintage Grizzly jackets over the years. This one I bought sometime late last summer. It was a very small size but was still a great example of the amazing construction and creativity of these early jackets.
The Grizzly Jacket was popular in the 1930’s and 40’s and they were produced by a number of different companies. This one was made by Laskin. The leather was usually horsehide and the panels were made with a variety of different furs – from lamb to horse hair and I’ve even seen some with hair-on cow hide panels. They started disappearing in the 1950’s; however, there are a few companies doing excellent reproductions of these jackets today.
The condition of this piece was good. The Laskin label was still in tact, the leather was in great shape – there was one small gouge in one of the lamb skin panels – the interior was in good shape and well maintained, some fading on the back left side. It still had a functional chin strap and belt but was missing a button at the cuff. All the zippers were original to the jacket.
A great piece of classic Americana.