After ingratiating himself with the company through his good skills (and by marrying the plant manager’s daughter), Sundback devoted himself to improving the fastener.
By December 1913, Sundback not only perfected the zipper but also the machine that built them–now the “clasp locker” was ready for primetime.
Further research into individual zipper types can help you get a more accurate date. Early designs for a modern zipper were used for military, boots and pouches post-1914.
a good sign that it might be pre-1960 notes: Zip fasteners were first used on men’s trousers in the USA in 1927.
One of the common features that can be used to help identify what era an item is from is the zipper.
Many zipper names such as crown, conmar, conmatic, ideal, gripper zipper, prentice, scovill, talon, and YKK to name a few have been found on a variety of vintage garments from the 20th century.
In 1921, they launched the “American Field” line of hunting garments.
was founded in 1893 (or 1891, depending on the source) in Toledo, Ohio as a manufacturer of canvas goods, largely awnings and wagon covers.
Zipper identification can get complicated so I have tried to keep it simple.This jacket has an off-center Talon main zipper, with bell-shaped slider and unmarked diagonal-stripe sunburst stopbox.The sleeves have zipper cuffs, with early pattern United Carr snaps and bell shaped talon zippers.Few realize how much of a breakthrough they were roughly a century ago, and how they changed the construction of not only clothing, but also luggage, camping gear, and sporting goods in general.
The company that eventually came to be known as zippers originally started under a different name entirely.
The most important aspect of vintage clothing is being able to identify how old an article of clothing is.