Always love finding these bags and wanted to post a couple of examples. Most common colors are brown and duck (tan), but I’ve also seen blue in later models. The heart-shaped handles are unmistakable and a hallmark of LL Bean bags. They’re used on the all-leather tote, wood carriers and even certain canvas (boat and tote) models. Contrary to popular belief, or despite what listings say, the bottom is not leather. Instead, at least in the versions I’ve found, synthetic like vinyl. I am not saying there aren’t leather bottom versions out there, but at least in the case of these ( and the one is a rather old, script logo label), they are synthetic bottoms.
The pants bear no makers label, but are believed to be from the 1960s based on the zippers. Those are Talon at the crotch and Ideal at the pockets and ankles. Pants feature a built-in belt. Heavy duty snaps, grommets and rivers. Also has belts around the calfs. Those belts are attached on the back of the leg and free around the front. Pants are unlined with black poly cotton pocket linings. Believed to be top quality steer hide, but possibly horse.
I was hopeful these would be identified as custom Langlitz Leather or Buco pants, but have found little to support either. If anything the hardware used disqualifies them from being Langlitz as another collector told me. If they look familiar please let me know.
Solid built leather knickers by Meyer Schuchardt of Hamburg Germany. Constructed entirely of thick soft split grain leather with the split side facing in. Two pockets at the waist, one zipper closed rear pocket and a knife pocket on the side of the leg.
Belted bottoms allow for secure closure below the knees. Waist and leg openings are lined with synthetic thread and raised surface to stay put by grabbing shirt or socks. (think of a rug mat) . Waist has loops for a thin belt or buttons for suspenders. Cotton pocket linings, except on knife pocket.
Research I’ve conducted suggests this is a late 1970s model Schott Perfecto 618. Details used to surmise this date include the Talon main zipper, lack of snaps on the collar tips, Lack of internal breast pocket (map pocket). Also the upward closing pocket zippers and label details. Many of these items were changed in the early 80s. YKK zippers were introduced and pocket closing direction were reversed. There is some debate among enthusiasts when the other updates were made. A conversation surrounding about a very similar jacket can be found here on SchottNYC.com This particular version is made of steer hide.
This Vanson Leathers women’s size 10 motorcycle jacket is expertly crafted using top quality full grain leather. Styling is a good mix of traditional biker and cafe style jacket. racer-esque lines down the front and contour at the midriff. Fully lined with removable vest for extra warmth.
Brass tone Talon zippers through out.
Four front pockets
snap down collar
side compression buckles
gusseted shoulders for expansion across the back
removable synthetic vest
This jacket is in good shape. No holes, stains, broken stitching or odors. Only visible signs of wear on shoulders, and back of arms characterized by lightnessin the leather’s color from friction. See photos. Liner in great shape. Doesn’t appear this jacket has ever been down on a motorcycle. Estimated this jacket is from the mid 60s to 70s.
This jacket is currently available, please contact me for more information.
WWII era Rough Wear Clothing Co. Type A-2 Horsehide Flight Jacket size 36. Rough Wear was one of several different companies to produce these “summer” jackets for the US Army Air Force as is was called in those days. Earlier contract numbers from them date back to pre-war, but the model number on this one puts it in war-time production. The label, markings, hardware and stitching are all consistent with those found on other original jackets. This jacket has no art work present on it, but you can see the stitch marks from where a bar patch was sewn on each shoulder epaulet.
The horsehide exterior is in nice shape with no holes, stains, or significant gauging. Nice patina and wear throughout, this jacket appears not to have been re dyed maintaining its russet-brown color. Most significant wear on the leather is in the elbows but all stitching is still intact. The cotton inside is still complete but is coming away at the neckline and armpits. Cotton cuffs have been replaced with a slightly darker brown than the waist and hand stitched to the lining.
Drawing No. 30-1415
Contract No. W535AC-27752
Rough Wear Clothing Co.
Property Air Force U.S. Army
Large day pack model has one main compartment, two side compartments with slide through channels between them and the main. This particular pack is an older version than what you may be used to seeing. The main differences are that it’s slightly squatter in shape, has lace through front compressions straps instead of plastic buckles. It also has a leather gussets on the back panel where the straps attach. This was a common practice on earlier day packs that was later foregone to save on production costs.
Lashing squares: 2 top, 2 bottom, 1 front. Large JS branded leather lashing panel as well. compression straps across main compartment front. Padded adjustable shoulder straps and nylon waist strap.
This pack is in good shape for its age. The Cordura upper is pretty clean. There is some slight discoloration around the main zipper at the top and side zippers, as well as on the back. All stitching is intact and complete. The leather bottom shows signs of wear but has no holes or deep gouges. Stitching around the bottom lashing squares is coming undone around the corners but they are still held securely. Inside is clean with fabric backing intact. All zippers and clasps work.
Main compartment measures (across back)
13″ wide -at bottom
Not quite sure about the origins of this pack, the colors would suggest to me German military, but the only distinguishable marking printed on the inside of the top flap reads “Decize” which is a town in France. The pack is made of heavy-weight Grey canvas with black leather trimmings and fittings.
The pack itself is very wide at 19 inches across the back, expandable by a few more inches via lace up expansions on the back sides. Two large cargo pockets on the sides and one front pocket all close via leather buckles. A draw string closes the top underneath a double buckle top flap. Finally another long leather belt runs from the top and buckles to the solid leather bottom.
Shoulder straps secure a metal external frame. The straps are adjustable by multiple buckles which create tension on a lower cross strap at the hips which keeps the frame from resting directly on the back. About a half inch of felted wool makes up the shoulder strap padding. One of the straps is breakable, a technique common to military packs allowing troops to slip out of them while in the prone position.
This bag is constructed of heavy duty green and white military canvas with leather and metal fittings. Thick leather straps are adjustable by buckle at the bottom for length; and at the top for slack from back plate. Both straps are anchored at the top by a large D ring. The left strap is hinged by a metal pin half way down, while the right is breakable by way of a hook and ring. Not sure what this was for, possibly ease of exit from a loaded pack, or to allow for strap accessories.
Two rods running the length of the back panel give the bag rigidness. An inch wide metal bow at the bottom of the bag is spanned by a cotton strap to offer padding and breathability at the waist. Top closure is completed by a cotton draw string through aluminum grommets and a canvas flap secured by leather straps. There is also an internal gator with cotton tie cord to further secure contents from the elements. One external pocket on the front of the pack is also secured by leather straps and metal buckles.
This pack is sold with two original lashing straps to secure goods to the top flap via metal loops.
Soldiers returning from WWII who took up mountaineering as a hobby and sport used packs just like this early on. These designs were later taken and adapted by outdoor companies for use specifically as outdoor products. The designs of many early packs from companies like Gerry, Class 5, The North Face and Kelty can be seen in this pack. It is a great piece of military history and outdoor history.