She’s Gone Country! Country-Western That Is…

Ya’ll ever heard that song by Alan Jackson…She’s Gone Country? If not, here’s the song for a quick refresher. The chorus goes like this:

“She’s gone country, look at them boots
She’s gone country, back to her roots
She’s gone country, a new kind of suit
She’s gone country, here she comes”

Well, looking back at all the goodies the Mr. and I found over the past weekend, I’d definitely say that we’ve gone country! But then again, the Mr. would probably already proclaim that he’s country:) He was born and raised in the south and his daddy is a preacher…so I think that’s a good indication!

A New Kind Of Suit

My husband was about to pass out when he came upon this early 1970’s Scully leather jacket, with alligator skin embellishment in a thrift store. It’s also a perfect fit for him!

Scully leather jacket…all you need is Conway or Merle on the jukebox.

Here’s a close up of the awesome alligator trim work on the back of the jacket, across the shoulders.

Simply awesome…you really have to feel this jacket to appreciate its high quality construction.

For those not familiar with the Scully clothing name, it’s been around for over a century. Scully originated in 1905 in Napa, California and created fine gloves and jackets. Some Scully items reside in the Smithsonian Institute. A new Scully leather jacket, similar to this one will cost you a cool $250 – $300.

Look At Them Boots

After this lucky find, we kept driving and came upon a church tent sale. That’s where we found these beauties…

Vintage men’s frye campus boots…size 9.

We couldn’t find a Frye marking, but again…the leather and construction of these boots was not cheap. And they definitely look exactly like vintage Frye campus boots. I got my first pair of Frye boots about 4 or 5 years ago…they were a Christmas gift from the Mr. I guess I can thank him for now border-line obsession with cowgirl boots. They are more comfortable than sneakers and go with everything!

The original Frye Company store, located on Elm Street in Marlboro, Massachusetts. Photo from TheFryeCompany.com.

Frye is another American company that has been around for a long time. Frye opened their first store in 1863, supplying boots to civilians and those trekking across the country to make roots in the expanding wild west. The Harness boot (which I have) was originally inspired by the American Cavalry and was heavily produced during World War II.

When we asked the guy running the tent sale what he wanted for these thangs, he said, “Make me an offer.”

“How about a dollar?” I said.

Sold.

Couldn’t believe it. Still can’t. We got them for a friend of ours, but later that evening he tried them on and discovered that they didn’t fit….soooo….if you wear a men’s size 9, these babies could be yours! Just make me an offer…

Mama Tried

Just like Merle Haggard said, I guess ‘mama tried’ and failed…because I’m guessing whomever owned these cast iron knuckles maybe ended up doing time in prison, without parole! I can imagine some cowboy puttin’ these things on during a card game brawl in a saloon.

Check out these amazing cast iron knuckles, or what some folks call knuckle dusters!

Cast iron knuckles (otherwise known as “knuckle dusters”) were popular in the 19th and early 20th century during hand to hand combat. According to Dave Grant, who wrote the book on the History of Knuckle Dusters, the knuckles that we found are T-handle knuckle dusters, which were cast out of iron or steel.

We purchased these in a second hand shop for $14 and thought they’d make a great addition to the man cave. Antique iron knuckles are highly collectible and some have been refashioned as belt buckles. If you were to purchase these from a dealer, they’d probably sell for $125 – $150.

Copyright 2012. The Savvy Seeker blog by Erin Hurley-Brown. All Rights Reserved.

3 thoughts on “She’s Gone Country! Country-Western That Is…

  1. I am loving your blog Erin! I look forward to reading about your adventures and seeing your finds, like the knuckle dusters. Your passion for junking and history show in your writing. Thanks for passing it on.
    ~Robin~ (Cold Harbor Antiques)

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