Peters Bros Shady Oaks Fifty

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This vintage hat was made in the 1950s by Peters Brothers Inc. of Fort Worth, Texas. It is “The Texas Hat” – the Shady Oaks Banker’s Special. Later models would change the name to the Shady Oak, dropping the s. These were the models famously presented to presidents, and worn by wealthy Texas oilmen. It retailed for $50 in the 1950s, an extremely expensive hat for the time, and the quality really shows. I would say it is comparable to Stetson’s 7X Clear Beaver felt of the period.
The beaver felt hoods used in these earlier models were made in Switzerland. I have read they used these imported felt bodies because mercury processing was still done in Switzerland at that time, which resulted in a higher quality felt.

Size: 7-3/8
Brim Width: 3″
Crown Height: 5-1/2″

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Montgomery Ward Columbia

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This vintage western hat was made in the 1910s or 1920s, and was sold by Montgomery Ward. This style was called the “Columbia” by various manufacturers and was a popular western style at the time.

It is made of black fur felt, with a pencil curled brim, and a narrow ribbon with a western style bow. It has a tall crown, creased with a center dent and front pinches, though the felt is such that it can easily be re-creased as you so choose. The hat is unlined and has a brown leather sweatband, embossed with an early Montgomery Ward crest. The reorder tag, indicating the hat is a size 7, is of a generic style and doesn’t offer many clues as to who made the hat for Montgomery Ward.

Size: 7
Brim Width: 3″
Ribbon Width: 3/8″
Crown Height:5-5/8″

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1920s / 1930s Olympic Cap

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This vintage cap was made by Knox hats in the late 1920s or early 1930s as part of the uniform of the United States Olympic team. It’s difficult to say with 100% certainty, but this looks consistent with what was worn at either the 1928 St. Moritz or the 1932 Lake Placid games. It is made from white felt in a traditional flat-cap style, with an embroidered US Olympic shield crest consistent with the early games. The cap has a cream colored leather sweatband of the type typical of the late 1920s and early 1930s. The deep embossing is also typical of what Knox was producing in this era. The style of brim is something I have never seen before. Usually the brim on these flat caps is a separate piece, usually with a snap on the top. This is interfaced inside for a degree of stiffness, then decoratively stitched, presumably so that the cap can be rolled up and stowed easily. There is a remnant of the original size tag, but not enough to tell the size. The sweatband measures 22″ in circumference.

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White Selentino Fedora

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This fedora was made by Selentino / Tonak. It is in a rare pure white fur felt, with an underwelt brim and a center dent. It has never been worn, with the tags and stickers still attached. But deadstock does not mean damage free, as you can see by the tracking to the felt.

Size: 7-3/8
Brim Width: 2-1/4″

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Peters Bros Shady Oak Bankers Special 75

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This vintage hat was made in Fort Worth Texas by Peters Bros. It is a “Shady Oak Banker’s Special”, and originally sold for seventy five dollars, making it more than three times as expensive as an average fur felt Stetson of the time. It is made from dress weight beaver felt. The hat is styled similarly to an earlier Stetson Playboy, with a raw brim with a stitched edge detail and a thin ribbon. At some time, the hat must have had some work done, as it has a liner from Fort Worth’s other noted hatter, Hatter’s Hats.

Size: 7
Brim Width: 2-1/2″
Crown Height: 5-3/8″

Rust colored Dobbs Fedora

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This vintage fedora was made by Dobbs for Wallach’s department store. It is a light rust colored fur felt with a long-nap finish. It has a raw edge brim and an olive green ribbon. It has a black leather sweatband, which has had the original markings redacted, and a replacement liner added with a generic crest. The liner is of a type more commonly seen in bowler hats, with a card backed liner tip. I’ve had several of these “redacted” hats over the years, I think they were unsold stock that was later re-marketed as a house brand by a different store.

Size: Tagged a 7-1/4 (although it measures out to a 7-1/8)
Brim Width: 2-3/4″
Ribbon Width: 1-3/8″
Crown Height: 5-5/8″

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Akubra Drover

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This hat was made by Akubra, probably in the 1980s. It is a wide brim slouch style, with a bound brim, grommets in the side of the crown, and a low teardrop crease. It is unlined, and has a narrow leather sweatband.

Size: 7-3/8
Brim Width: 3-5/8″
Crown Height: 5-3/4″

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Peters Bros Shady Oak Bankers Special One Hundred

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This vintage hat was custom made by Peters Brothers of Fort Worth, Texas. It is their famed “Shady Oak Banker’s Special” model, in the One Hundred grade, meaning that when it originally retailed for $100, at a time when the average fur felt hat in a comparable style was running about $20. The hat has a seamless welt edge. Cavanagh called their version the Cavanagh Edge. Stetson called theirs the Mode Edge. The hat has a narrow, western style single cord hat band.

Size: 7-5/8″
Brim Width: 2-3/4″
Crown Height: 5-1/2″

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