what am I wearing?
December 16, 2011 9:34 PM   Subscribe

Please tell me anything you can about this vest..

I found this large, heavy, leather and wool lined vest at a local thrift store. The buttons are a sort of gold-painted plastic. The typeface on the faded label makes me think it's mid-century. At least 60 years old.

My friends and I keep joking that it's a Hungarian shepherd's vest. It doesn't look North Anerican to me. That's yours truly modeling the garment in the photo for scale. I'm 5'7" and it's pretty large on me.
posted by kumazemi to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (11 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
What are the words on the label?
posted by dfriedman at 9:35 PM on December 16, 2011

The only thing I could make out was "H Gurman". I think. It was really faded. But sort of in a Futura typeface.
posted by kumazemi at 9:39 PM on December 16, 2011

If I'm going to guess, I'd say that it was made by a renn faire artisan.
posted by Navelgazer at 9:41 PM on December 16, 2011 [2 favorites]

All I find googling your search terms are ordinary-looking rural European traditional garb. This is different in that it closes completely and extends both up to the chin and down past the waist. To me, this reads as leather armor, something like a brigandine^.
posted by dhartung at 9:43 PM on December 16, 2011

What's the lining like? You said wool but fleece or fabric? I'm assuming fabric, but colour and so forth would be useful too. Gurman seems to be a name associated with a lot of leather wear so I'm wondering if this is some sort of 60's mod or hippy vest. Could totally see it paired with a floppy pirate shirt, headband and flared jeans.
posted by ninazer0 at 9:49 PM on December 16, 2011

Also, what's the back like? Is there a vent or is it straight across. If there's a vent in back, perhaps something to wear on a motorcycle??
posted by ninazer0 at 9:51 PM on December 16, 2011

Could it be a WWI-era jerkin?
posted by misteraitch at 9:51 PM on December 16, 2011

Agree with misteraitch, though my first thought was British WWII commandos; the one on this page was worn by someone in the veterinary corps (says WWII but then gives date 1914) and has the same button-holes as yours to my eyes.
posted by Abiezer at 10:10 PM on December 16, 2011 [1 favorite]

Here's something quite comparable, same brand. There are several more on that website.
posted by Ms. Next at 3:07 AM on December 17, 2011 [1 favorite]

All I can tell you is that it looks nothing like traditional Hungarian garb. But it is cool!
posted by chaiminda at 5:27 AM on December 17, 2011

It reminds me of some of the costumes from the original Planet of the Apes, but after googling, The soldiers' vests had horizontal seams. Date of the movie was 1968, though, so that could get you a time frame. Picture
posted by annsunny at 11:51 AM on December 17, 2011

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