Vintage ALP by Alpine Designs Heavy Down Sleeping Bag. 70″ Boulder, CO. USA

16 Dec

ALP by Alpine Designs followed the Alp Sport label, but predicated Alpine Designs in the company’s lineage. I’d estimate this bag to date from the mid to late 60s possibly into the early 70s. The Bag is constructed of nylon and down fill. Unlike many other bags of the latter era this is not a “Mummy Bag”. There’s no built-in hood, though there is a draw string around the top to seal in heat. The draw would be held closed by the leather tabs. This suggests the bag predates innovations such as the cord lock and the popularity of the mummy bag. The bag also has ties at the top to hold the bag when rolled, so it doesn’t come with a stuff sack. It could however be transported in that manner for safer keeping. 

The bag measures 70″ long and 28″ across at the top. Above he ALP label is a personalized name tag, indicating its former owner was a female. The last name, Pollard is also stenciled on the outside back of the bag. 
 
There’s no tag giving down fill left. The bag weighs 3+ pounds and the fill is still very much puffy. Over 6″ thick when zipped. I’d say the bag would be easily good down to low double digits, possibly single. 

Levi’s Type III Big E Trucker Jacket w/ Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Patches

9 Oct

The Levi’s Type III Big E Jacket similar style to what is known today as the Trucker Jacket, but with small differences like no side pockets and bright orange thread. The Type III is successor to the Type II and Type I. The jacket is Big E era which makes it pre -1971, Though the style continued on for the remainder of the 70s with the small e tag.

This particular jacket is has a total of seven patches commemorating the great Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta from the 1980s. Back Patches are from 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86 with another undated patch on the right shoulder. The AIBF was started in 1972 and is the world’s largest balloon festival.

Holubar Wool Blend Knickers

9 Oct

This is the first pair of knickers from Holubar I’ve coma across, though I have seen similar styles from Woolrich. These grey tweed knickers are constructed from an 85% wool, 15% nylon blend. White cotton pockets and waist band. The bottoms have velcro closure for cinching and are lined with nylon on the inside to reduce chaffing. Slack style hook closer with small gauge Talon zipper fly. 2″ high by 3″ wide belt loops. Slack style front pockets with button close back pockets. The seat is double pained for strength.

Approximate Measurements:
20.5″ inseam
35″ waist
31″ from top of waist to bottom
12″ from top of waist to crotch seam

Holubar Gaiters

7 Oct

You are looking at a pair of Holubar Gaiters circa early 1970s or later as denoted by the logo with no climber. These gaiters are made of two layers of the 65/35 poly cotton blend, predecessor to the 60/40 nylon cotton blend popularized by Sierra Designs. The unique design of these gaiters has YKK zippers closing from top to bottom accompanied by five snaps for securing. Spring loaded cord locks with draw at the top with matching red and blue laces to secure under the arch of the boot. These laces are strung through two grommets on each side and can be tied off to fit different size boots. Leather reinforced lace hook for securing on the boot laces at the toe. Also featuring leather reinforced side panels where the lace grommets pass through.

These gaiters measure about 17.5″ high from the side to the top. 19″ across at the top from zipper to zipper and 14″ across at elastic ankle

Unknown Engineer Boots – Cord Soles, Brass Buckels – USA Made 1960s

23 Sep

This here is a great old pair of engineer boots, unfortunately I don’t know who the maker is at this point. This boot is straight up and down an American classic. Construction suggest 1960s.  Double and triple stitched uppers, brass hardware. Cord Armortred Nylon Neoprene soles. Composite heel.

Marked inside 
8 1/2 C 23555
55795
Let me know if you have any information on these boots.

Red Wing Irish Setter Sport Boots – Late 1960s

23 Sep

This is an older pair of Irish Setter Boots by Red Wing. This style boot is consistent in cut and quality with boots marketed under the Red Wing name for that time and even today. The boots featured original Vibram Montagnabloc soles made soles, ideal for hunting and hiking.  Single layer split leather uppers are triple stitched around the vamp and back strap. Storm welt and gusseted tongue keep the elements at bay as the wearer tromps about the field, snow, mountain or marsh.  Closure is completed via six eyelets and three loops making for. easy on and off.

Chestnut brown in color with slightly darker tongues for added style. Boots are stamped inside uppers 10 A, model number there but not legible. Red Wing stamped on the inside of right boot. Leather insole.  7″ uppers and 1 1/8″ heel.

Peters Shoe Company Diamond Brand Boots – 1940s

24 Jul

This is the kind of boot heritage lines are trying to reproduce.The example here, a pair of Peters Diamond Brand dress or work boots. My guess, based on style and construction is that these boots are from the 1940s or 50s. Color is a reddish brown, not quite burgundy almost a red clay. Rounded toe is not safety-steel making it an appropriate boot for work or dress by today’s standards. The boot shaft is five inches tall with a one inch heel. Lace up consists of four eyelets, three hooks.  

Diamond Brand is stamped in to the right boot on the outside of the upper much like older Red Wings. Inside the right boot, size is marked as 11 D and style 31822 with possible a 3 following, it’s tough to make out. Right boot foot bed is marked PETERS Diamond Brand Arch Cushion Shoe.  The soles are leather with the right stamped Peters Arch Cushion Grip Back (so far as I can tell) Heel are marked Light Tread.
 
There’s not a plethora of information on the Peter’s Shoe Co or Diamond Brand. Trademark records show the Peters Shoe Co patented Diamond Brand in 1892. The company was based out of St. Louis and later merged with other shoe companies to form the International Shoe Company. Today the company is part of Heritage Home Group LLC, a home furnishings company.
 
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Korean War Era 502nd Tactical Control Group Patch. USAF – Handmade

22 Jul

If you’re looking at this you probably know more about it than I do. From my end, here’s what I can tell you. I came across this particular item in a lot of vintage patches. The patch is definitely hand sewn per the looks of the back. Some details look different from other examples I’ve seen, namely the color of the 502 as well as radar wave details.

Frye Model 2177 Western Boots

29 May

This is a fairly unique pair of Frye  western boots. The Black Label inside the right shaft dates them to the 1970s and produced at the company’s Marlborough Massachusetts facility.  The boots are quality constructed of thick split grain leather brushed just shy of a suede texture. Stacked leather heel with black rubber grip and leather sole. Ornate details are slight, there is a dark piping that runs up the sides of the boot and around the top. Unlike the Campus boot one often sees from Frye in this era, these boots have the narrow point toe and an angled, shorter leather heel. Like the campus boots these have the leather lined shaft and cloth lined vamp, leather foot bed and reinforcement in the back of the shaft to reduce pull-on wear.

Bell Helmets USA Super Magnum 3/4 Helmet – 1975

25 Mar

Here is one heavily worn 1975 Bell Super Magnum three-quarter helmet. From what I can tell the Super Magnum is just a later variant of Bell’s original three-quarter helmet the 500-TX. In comparing helmets it seems the Super Magnum has a bit deeper of a side cut for better peripheral and probably had some updated safety features in the construction. This helmet does not feature any of the Toptex markings found on older Bell-Toptex helmets of the 1960s.

The Super Magnum is  DOT and SHCA approved. This particular helmet would not be approved for much of anything safety related, except maybe taking a beer bottle over the head around a campfire.

This helmet has had some aftermarket stickers added, possibly by someone who raced in it at some point. 68 on both sides, blue reflective strips near the jaw line, and a Honda of Boulder, Colorado sticker on the back along with the original Bell front sticker and Super Magnum back. You can probably see from the pictures (and please examine them closely) this things been kicked around, banged on stuff, possibly crashed. On the riders left hand side, near the 6 the 8 and trailing off to the back there’s a series of three small chips that make it down to the foam core. Most other chips are just through the paint. On the back to the right of the Bell sticker there’s a patch of wear that looks like it was caused by some serious friction, like that of a tire. Inside all the soft protective foam is missing. The chin straps still hold tight, but the vinyl covering them is cracked and ratty. Marking on the strap is 7-75.

Currently available on the BCV eBay Store

 

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