Wrap yourself up in the heights of Notre Dame’s greatest glory. “Fighting Irish” football fans are sure to be warmed by this antique sideline jacket. Donned circa 1929-1930 during Notre Dame’s remarkable back to back national championship seasons, this incredible relic is a must for game-worn equipment enthusiasts. Manufactured by Lowe & Campbell Athletic Goods Co. of Kansas City, MO., this historically significant garment was among three dozen such coats requisitioned by immortal coach Knute Rockne. Extensive copies of 1929 correspondence documents from the Notre Dame Archives were made available to H&S citing the presentation and resultant order for thirty-six Notre Dame logo coats by Coach Rockne in July of 1929. These letters were exchanged between “Rock” and Lowe & Campbell sales representative L.V. “Red” Brown. Detailed in the correspondence contents amidst many pleasantries in regards to repeated dealings and transactions during the late-1920s, are Rockne’s suggestion of zippered hoods and Brown’s compliance with production of a sample “warm-up coat”.
Apparently this heavyweight coat fit the bill as Rockne states “It is the best coat I have ever seen and it serves the purpose we want- in other words, it keeps them warm and looks decent”. Fabricated in heavy duty tan colored canvas with dark brown lining that appears to be wool, the offered example reports in sideline ready condition with a fully functioning hood zipper, six complete and intact eye/hook front clasps and a smart “ND” overlapping letters logo in navy blue on the back. Deep canvas pockets are stitched inside on the left and right, with the left pocket bearing a Lowe & Campbell label. Two thick belt loops remain fully attached to the side seams however there is no belt present. Showing great signs of authentic use, this sturdy survivor shows only minor wear spots and light to moderate soiling and remains in serviceable condition.
One can only wonder which of ND’s star players kept game ready while standing on the sidelines of some of the beloved team’s greatest games.
NOTE: The above mentioned documents were provided by the Notre Dame Archives. They are photocopies of original documents that the archives have and we have been given permission to include these photocopied documents with the jacket. It is important to note that these documents DO NOT authenticate this jacket, but are intended for information purposes only detailing the history/timeline of neogtiations between Rockne and manufacturer Campbell & Lowe's sales agent for sideline jackets and to recognize Notre Dame's archival storage of the original documents; it is up to the winning bidder to determine the authenticity of the jacket. They are stamped: "Copy made only for reading by the purchaser. These document copies must not be published, in whole or in part, or sold or given away. Nor may other copies be made without special permission. University of Notre Dame Archives."