Original 1920s Kapok Shooting Jacket by 'Griffin & Howe'

Original 1920s Kapok Shooting Jacket by 'Griffin & Howe'

Code: 55648

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An incredible original Kapok lined hunting / shooting coat which was made by Griffin and Howe during the 1920s. 

Griffin & Howe was a gun maker founded in 1923 in New York City. They sold guns to many well known people of the era including Ernest Hemingway, Clark Gable, Bing Crosby, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Robert C. Ruark, Osa Johnson, Gary Cooper and Jack O'Connor. They soon branched out into outer wear suited to shooting and hunting and this jacket is typical of the type of clothing they produced. The company was bought by Abercrombie & Fitch in 1930 and supplied them with clothing for the next 45 years. As this jacket does not carry the Abercrombie & Fitch name it most likely dates from the 1920s. 

This coat belonged to Lieutenant Colonel Carr of Ditchingham hall in Norfolk. He served during WW2 but it is unclear when he got the coat. None-the-less it clearly saw many years of use based on the wear etc. 

The coat is extremely well made and was undoubtedly a very expensive item in its day. The outer shell is made from a tan khaki coloured gabardine material and the interior is lined with a khaki green coloured wool. Between these two layers is a kapok which was a popular choice for outwear during this period due to its insulating qualities. This gives the coat a bulky, padded feel. The front fastens with large corozo buttons and more smaller examples are found at the cuff and pockets. There are slash pockets at the waist which are lined with a navy blue coloured whipcord material and flapped pockets are located to the skirt. The coat features a large collar and there is a small buttoning tab at the base of this. There is also a throat latch to the reverse of the collar which is again secured with buttons. Three belt loops are located to the rear of the coat which would suggest it originally was fitted with a belt. 

Inside the coat there is a hanging loop at the neck and a single interior pocket. Below this is the original maker's label which bears the name 'Griffin & Howe Inc, Rifle makers and Hunter's Equipment' below which is the New York address. The simple gold embroidered lettering on a black field is typical of labels from the 1920s. 

The coat is a medium size which will suit around a 40" chest depending on desired fit. When laid flat it measures - 

Chest - 23"
Inside arm - 18 1/2"
Outside arm - 27 3/4"
Shoulders - 17 1/2"
Length at rear - 37 1/2"

The jacket is in well used condition but displays well and is still wearable. There is some staining and soiling as well as wear around the collar. The silk sleeve linings are heavily worn as shown in the pictures. Overall the coat is in sound, vintage condition but please take time to study the pictures before purchasing and bear in mind that it is a vintage, pre-worn item which may have small flaws commensurate with age. 

A fantastic piece of 1920s outerwear with some great details and history.