Gone Hunting: Part 1

Vintage Woolrich Hunting Coat.  Purchased from a dealer in the Hudson Valley.  I have no idea how to date these things, but if I had to guess I’d say circa 1950’s.  If anyone can properly date don’t hesitate to chime in.

The ubiquitous Woolrich hunting coat is an undeniable classic.  The familiar red and black check is as much a symbol of Woolrich mills as it is an archetype of 20th century rugged America.  This particular iteration is beautifully constructed from some of the heaviest wool I’ve handled.  Four button closure, two slant hand pockets, and two front flap pockets.  A hidden game pocket is located on the bottom back of the jacket.

Despite its penchant for being “costumey,” urban lumberjack-esque, and a little bit heavy-handed on the Americana trend, I’ve resolved to wearing the coat more often in the cold upstate winters.  Check eBay or your local vintage dealer as they turn up quite often.

The tag has long since worn out.

Soft beige wool lining and interior cuffs.

Front pockets, beige wool facing, and cotton pocket bags.  Note the thick thread and reinforced stitching at the mouth of the pocket.

Vertical pockets give access to the hidden game pouch on the back of the coat.

Game pouch lined in green rubberized material.  My favorite detail.

Stick around for Part 2 coming soon.

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One response to “Gone Hunting: Part 1

  1. An absolute classic. I love mine. And my father still has and wears his from 40+ years ago. It’s at times known as the Pennsylvania Tuxedo. 😉

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