Vintage 30s Mackinaw Wool Shirt Jacket XL Wool Doubled Shoulder


Mackinaw cloth is a heavy and dense water-repellent woolen cloth, similar to Melton cloth. It was used to make a short coat of the same name, sometimes with a doubled shoulder. The Mackinaw jacket traces its roots to coats that were made by white and Métis women in November 1811, when John Askin Jr., an early trader on the upper Great Lakes, hired them to design and sew 40 woolen greatcoats for the British Army post at Fort St. Joseph (Ontario), near Mackinac. His wife, Madelaine Askin, took an important role in the design of the coat. Askin was fulfilling a contract he received from Capt. Charles Roberts, the post commander; Roberts was desperate to clothe his men, who had last been issued greatcoats in 1807. The jackets were made from three-point trade blankets that Askin, who at the time was keeper of the King’s store at the fort, supplied on the captain’s authority. Although the order called for blue greatcoats, the number of blankets proved insufficient, so the number was filled out by coats made from blankets in red as well as the black-on-red plaid pattern that is associated with the jackets of today.It would be found that the long skirts of the greatcoat were unsuitable for deep snow, and once these were removed, the Mackinaw jacket was born.


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  • Made in Unknown by Brand name is partially unreadable on tag
  • Gray color
  • Red & green plaid pattern
  • No fabric tags; wool material
  • 2 Button flap chest pockets exterior pockets
  • Button front
  • Functional single button sleeve cuffs
  • Point collar with top collar button
  • Caped shoulders
  • Unlined

SIZE: No size tags, measurement indicates Size = Mens XLarge Regular

Measurements taken on a flat surface and unwrinkled:

  • Armpit to Armpit = 25 inches (64 cm) or Chest = 50” (127 cm)
  • Waist measured flat across = 25” (64 cm) or waist doubled = 50” (127 cm)
  • Shoulder to Shoulder = 20.5” (52 cm)
  • Shoulder seam to sleeve cuff = 25” (64 cm)
  • Center back bottom of collar to sleeve cuff = 36” (91 cm)
  • Back bottom of neck collar to bottom hem = 27.5” (70 cm)

Moderate wear. Several coin size repairs on interior of the collar as seen in photos. Buttons are firm and seams are still tight. Authentic vintage condition. Great shape for being from the 30s! Please see description, condition definitions, photos and measurements for your desired condition and fit