Complete Early 1900s Police Uniform-helmet, Jacket, Pants, Badges, Belts + More
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Complete Early 1900s Police Uniform-helmet, Jacket, Pants, Badges, Belts + More:
A few Saturdays ago, like all weekends in spring, summer and fall, I left my home early in the AM to go "saleing" to have a little fun and possibly find a few things to sell on and make a buck or two. I stopped off at a moving sale that had a lot of interesting stuff reasonably priced. Up on the second floor, I spotted an attic hatch up in a stairwell ceiling. As I always do, I asked the homeowner "Have you cleared out the attic?". The homeowner answered "I don't know if there's anything in there, but you're welcome to...." That's all I needed to hear! By the time she finished that sentence, I was balancing on the handrails, pulling off the hatch-cover and diving into Saleing Heaven! (cue music). The attic was packed with boxes from the 1970's back to the 1930's! There was WWI military stuff, fire department memorabilia, old car parts, even harness-makers supplies! By the time I left hours later tired, sore, filthy dirty and hungry but happy, I looked like Al Jolson singing "Mammy"!
Well, my "score" is your good fortune! It's going to take weeks to list all this stuff, so check back every week to see what ELSE I found! This item is a COMPLETE ORIGINAL EARLY 1900's HUNTINGTON, NEW YORK CONSTABLES UNIFORM in REALLY GOOD CONDITION! Included is jacket, pants, helmet, gun belt, night stick and accessory belt with holster and 2 "patrol batons". The high-collar jacket, as you might expect, shows the most wear. Inside the collar is a soft leather, possibly deer skin, and it SHOWS many years of walking the beat, as does the lining. The label inside says "Sinnoil & Wa****rvogel-106 Lafayette St., NY." There's no size label. I can barely get it on over my shoulders without splitting it. I'm a 42 long, and the sleeves are long enough for me. I figure it's probably a 34 or 36 long. I will provide more measurements down below. There's a crude repair (pictured) under the left armpit, probably done while "on the job". There are several small repairs around the garment, and a few TEENY moth holes. The badge is a Huntington constable badge. The jackets brass buttons (front and cuffs) have the New York State Seal on them. The shoulder patch bears a horses head and wheel, probably denoting a mounted and motorized division. The pants are in excellent condition and look like there were cleaned and pressed just before they were put into the attic still bearing cleaners tags, where I discovered them over 70 years later! They have a button-fly and no repairs or damage. They bear an NRA label (NO, the National Recovery Act, not those other clowns!) denoting they were purchased after 1933. The gun belt is broken, and bears an earlier crude repair. The accessories belt with baton holster, is in very good condition and has a heavy cast belt buckle with the New York State Seal in a laurel wreath. The custodian (Bobby or Keystone Kops) helmet is a size 7, has a small piece of it's leather band edge trim missing in the front. I can't read the makers label inside, and it has a New York State Seal removable badge on it. It's ventilated with pin-holes in a star pattern. The outfit comes with 2 batons: an impressive-looking mahoghany one with silken cord and "5124" number plate attached to it's grip, bearing a flat spot from years of rubbing up against the officers gun while walking a beat, I'd imagine. The second is a plain hickory one with no embellishments of any kind. I wonder if it's akin to a Saturday night special that many cops used to carry in the 1960's & 70's as a "throw-down" at the scene of a confrontation of some kind? Or maybe it's for breaking up large bar fight crowds? Huntington is STILL a hopping bar-town. Just wondering....Huntington, New York became a town in 1653, and no longer has it's own police force, but rather is patrolled by Suffolk County Police. I took the maximum number of pix to give you an idea of how nice this collection is. Check em out! Any questions?Measurements: (as best as I can!)Jacket:About 18" shoulder seam to seamSleeve:24"Pants:W 36"L39" total with a 29" inseam
BEFORE YOU offer, just 3 more things: Check out my other sales. If you win more than one item, I will combine shipping (within reason) to save you money. I'm NOT shipping the bowling ball and porcelain tea cup together! Next, NO INTERNATIONAL offerDING OR SHIPPING! NO! NON! NYET! NIX! NAY! NO! NO! NO EXCEPTIONS! Don't even ask. Lastly, if you have any questions, don't wait until the last minute to ask. I'm not sitting in front of my computer waiting for sales to end or to answer questions. I have a life today, and ain't it!