Vintage Horsehide Jacket

Vintage Langlitz Columbia Jacket front

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.”

Vintage Langlitz Columbia Jacket front

Vintage Langlitz Columbia Jacket back

Vintage Langlitz Columbia Jacket front detail

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Vintage Langlitz Columbia Jacket back detail

Vintage Langlitz Columba Jacket interior Vintage Langlitz Columbia Jacket Crown Zip

Vintage Langlitz Columbia Jacket label

Vintage Peters Leather Jacket

Sold on eBay: Vintage Peters Leather Motorcycle Jacket for $7,700????

This vintage Peters leather jacket sold on eBay quite a while ago, I’ve just been a little skeptical of it selling for this price so I refrained from posting about it. I haven’t seen it relisted, nor have I seen it show up anywhere else, so I guess the sale was legitimate. No doubt the Peters label is super rare. In fact, I can’t remember one popping up on eBay anytime in the last several years. It was first offered up on eBay as a Buy It Now or Best Offer (BINOBO) for $8,500 and the offer price that was finally taken was near the 8 stacks price of $7,700…

It is a beautiful jacket with plenty of great patina, excellent back detailing and all the original working zippers! That Art Deco Talon zipper is gorgeous and it looks like all the o-pull rings even exist! Just missing the leather laces for the sides.

If anyone knows where this jacket went, please let me know. I’d like some better photos of it. ..and maybe to try it on.

Here are the details:

1940s SPECIAL PETERS OF SAN FRANCISCO BLACK HORSEHIDE FAN BACK MOTORCYCLE JACKET

Sale price: $7700 offer.
Seller: denimdogs / Minneapolis, MN
Label: Peter’s Tailor Made on Mission St
Condition: Excellent vintage condition. Leather looks great, original Art Deco Talon zips. Gorgeous.

Check out the photos below….
 

Vintage Peters Leather Jacket 2

Vintage Peters Leather Jacket

Vintage Peters Leather Jacket Back

Vintage Peters Leather Jacket Back Detail

Vintage Peters Leather Jacket Interior

Vintage Peters Leather Jacket Detail

Vintage Peters Leather Jacket Art Deco Talon Zip

Vintage Peters Leather Jacket Button Detail

Vintage Peters Leather Jacket Detail 2

Vintage Peters Leather Jacket Label

Langlitz Cascade Featured

Langlitz Cascade Jacket in Horeshide from the late 1950’s.

The vintage Langlitz Cascade Jacket is the greatest leather jacket ever made.

I said it. And I mean it.

The first one I ever purchased was bought at a consignment shop in Syracuse, New York on a road trip to see some friends in New Hampshire. It was dated 1969 in the pocket. It had the back pin-striping and no padding. It was long in the torso and fit me like a glove. I was young and stupid and figured it wouldn’t be too hard to find another one eventually. So I sold it to a dealer who made a great offer on it. So far (7 years later!), I still have not found one that fits with that level of beauty or possessed that amazing patina. This vintage Langlitz Cascade Jacket was pretty close but it was much too short for my long torso.

Langlitz has been making these by hand and custom sized since the late 1940’s. The quality and craftsmanship of that first piece is in every piece they’ve produced since. They’ve been based out of Portland, Oregon since their founding. From their website:

 “Langlitz Leathers is a family business that was established in 1947 by Ross Langlitz. While we are no longer a basement operation, we stay small to guarantee the quality and personal attention that larger corporations just cannot provide. When you order a Langlitz, you are not simply a customer. Here at Langlitz Leathers, we will get to know you, and work with you to build your ideal custom garment. Proud Langlitz owners are not simply customers, they are part of our Langlitz Family.”

The guys at Langlitz are really terrific and super helpful. I’ve called them about different vintage pieces I’ve come across and they’re always willing to answer questions and offer advice. They love their own history and know just about everything there is to know about their vintage pieces. One day, I’ll have to do an entire post on the history of this great American company. Truly a gem.

-Matt

Visit the Langlitz website HERE

 

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The Cascade. Horsehide. Early 1960’s.

 

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Horsehide leather in terrific shape, showing great patina.

 

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Check out that excellent aging.

 

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The back pin striping is my favorite touch.

 

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Interior was near flawless.

 

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Coats Clark zipper had an issue on the male end and needed to be replaced.

 

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All pocket zippers existed and operated as they should.

 

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Missing the pull tab on one of the sleeve cuffs.

 

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Amazing leather made to last several lifetimes!

 

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This white label was the fifth tag, used from 1956 – 1984.