Condition is vintage cool with leather that has stiffened a bit but not so it's not comfortable to wear. Please see pics for time distressed areas. No holes in any leather. One missing button in front.
Wool lined with one tear in armpit. Both belt loops have come dis-attached at top stitching. Please look carefully at measurements. 32 length from shoulder to hem.
Armpit to armpit across front is 19. 44 around chest and back.
Sleeve length shoulder seam to cuff hem 24. Was founded by Harry Block and his younger brother Leopold around 1870. The company originally manufactured gloves. Later in 1900 Harrys son Roy entered the tanning business becoming co-owner of the Manasse-Block Tanning Co in East Oakland. With Block as president the company continued to grow and in 1920 was manufacturing leather jackets and other goods under the Block-Bilt brand name.It managed to win several government contracts to manufacture leather and cloth jackets for the US Navy; items which are still highly sought after by WWII relic collectors and leather jacket enthusiasts. The company thrived for the better part of a century and the Block family continued to own the tannery for the rest of its productive life. The plant expanded steadily until 1956, its principal product being boot and shoe leather. The last president was Walter Ball, who started in 1947 as a general laborer, and oversaw the closing and dismantling of the Berkeley plant 39 years later.
The item "H&L Block Vintage 50s LG Brown Horse Leather Motorcycle Jacket Men's Medium" is in sale since Saturday, May 12, 2018. This item is in the category "Clothing, Shoes & Accessories\Vintage\Men's Vintage Clothing\Outerwear Coats & Jackets". The seller is "thelongacreflea" and is located in Grass Valley, California.
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