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Offered is a magnificent, early, sealskin jacket. It carries the famous Jonas Brothers label. This vintage jacket is from the 1950's. The wide metal zipper dates it to the 1950's, as this style zipper was not used in the 1960's. Also, the Jonas Bros label says Alaska & Seattle, their early label, whereas later labels say "Anchorage - Fairbanks - Nome." Therefore it is perfectly legal under the MMPA. The law states:

"ยง216.14 Marine mammals taken before the MMPA.
(a) Section 102(e) of the MMPA provides, in effect, that the MMPA shall not apply to any marine mammal taken prior to December 21, 1972, or to any marine mammal product, consisting of or composed in whole or in part of, any marine mammal taken before that date."

Jonas Bros closed all of their stores in Alaska before 1972 (not to be confused with the taxidermists, "Jonas Bros of Denver" who also had stores in Alaska but didn't make or sell these parkas).

It features a fossilized ivory zipper pull. It's in nice condition. There is a small tear at the corner of one of the pockets that can easily be sewn, but I''l leave that up to the new owner so that they can do it properly. I'd guess that it's a women's large, but that is just a guess. A woman who is about 6 feet tall and broad-shouldered tried it on and it fit her. So maybe a large, around a size 16, I think.

In researching the Jonas Brothers I found that they were selling this jacket for $215 in the 1950's, which in today's money, using the inflation calculator, is over $1700. These classic Alaska parkas from the 1950's are no longer being made today. To purchase a Native made sealskin parka today from an Alaska Native will cost far in excess of what I'm selling this vintage parka for!
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