If youre looking for a cheap, trashed-out, rode hard and put away wet motorcycle jacket, youll need to look elsewhere. I hate to do it, but I have to liquidate some of my beloved vintage motorcycle jackets to help fund a new hot rod. Best of the bestmany are museum quality.
California Highway Patrol (CHP) horsehide motorcycle jacket, size unknown but larger. Block Bilt was located in Ventura, CA, and by the early 60s they were out of business. This is truly something Arnold would wear, and its in near-mint condition.
The twin to this jacket is featured in the Second Edition of Rin Tanakas Motorcycle Jackets: A Century of Leather Design, on pg. According to Clif Majhor (on the cover of Rins book), Block Bilt was the best leather jacket company in LA before WW II. If you know your vintage motorcycle jackets, you will recognize the collectability of this jacket. No size tag is present, but its a large and VERY heavy jacket.All of my jackets have been treated with Obenaufs Leather Oil (the best conditioner available for vintage leather jackets, in my opinionexpensive, but nothing else comes close). Jacket leather is very pliable and soft.
All zippers and snaps have been cleaned, and function as they should. Badge attachment patch on left front chest. Interior pocket on left side. Two belt loops in front and three in back.Leather waist adjusters on both sides in rear, with new rawhide adjustment straps. Both cuffs have the original brown mouton liners. No odors, other than vintage leather. The main zipper is the biggest, baddest vintage brass Talon you will ever come across. Both front pocket zippers and the cuff zippers are highly-coveted Crowns. All zip pulls have what appear to be the original rawhide/leather extensions. See the photos for condition.
Other than some expected creases and wrinkles, almost no age-related wear to the leather exterior is evident. Noticeable flaws: 1 a few holes from wear on the mouton cuff liner on one sleeve; 2 approx.
¼ long zipper material separation on end of one side of left cuff zippercould be stitched/sewn to stabilize, and does not affect operability at all. Just a great piece of Americana. If youre looking to make a statement, you will not be disappointed with this killer jacket. Shoulder seam-to-shoulder seam (across back): 19 3/4. Top of back collar-to-jacket bottom: 26 1/2.Thanks for looking and good luck. The item "VINTAGE'50s BLOCK BILT STAR CHP HORSEHIDE MOTORCYCLE JACKET" is in sale since Tuesday, October 18, 2016. This item is in the category "Clothing, Shoes & Accessories\Men's Clothing\Coats & Jackets". The seller is "boulderkid" and is located in Boulder, Colorado. This item can be shipped to United States.