This vintage work cap was made in England in the 1950s or 1960s. It is made of blue cotton, and is unlined. The original tag is still on and reads 57, which is equivalent to a UK 7 or a US 7-1/8
This vintage boater was made in the 1950s. The body of the hat was likely made in Italy, and then finished by Luca’s Custom Made Hats, 509 John Street, Utica, NY. The hat has a traditional striped ribbon, a mesh liner, and a floating leather sweatband to help the stiff hat conform better to your head shape.
Brim Width: 1-3/4″
Crown Height: 3-3/8″
This cowboy hat was made by Resistol as part of their old-west styled “Stagecoach” line. It was probably manufactured in the 1980s, and is made of high quality fur felt. It has a great 1920s style, with a wide, curled brim, and a tall crown. The hat has a buckled leather band, appropriate for the 1920s style.
Brim Width: 6-1/2″
Crown Height: 4″
This vintage fedora hat was made in the 1950s by Wormser. It is made of Supreme Quality fur felt. The model name is The Rambler. The hat has a bound brim, a shallow C crown, and a pleated bow. The hat has a brown leather sweatband and a white liner with the Wormser crests.
Brim Width: 2-1/4″
Ribbon Width: 1″
Crown Height: 5-1/4″
This vintage cowboy hat was made in the 1930s by G.W. Alexander & Co. of Reading, PA. It was sold as a house-branded hat by William Paul Brodt Inc., one of the premier hat sellers and manufacturers of Washington DC. They were located at 509 11th St, NW, and sold hats to many of the major politicians of the day. The hat is blocked on a San Fran Sr. block. It has a wide brim and a three cord ribbon. It is labeled “The Elk Brand Hat”, a line sold by Brodt’s.
Brim Width: 4″
Ribbon Width: 1/2″
Crown Height: 5-1/2″
This vintage canvas hunting cap was made in the 1930s. This one has seen some heavy use, with fading to the canvas. It has internal earflaps, and a back brim which can flip down to protect your neck in the rain.
Brim Width: 2-1/2″ front, 2-1/4″ back
This cap was made in the 1940s by the Beaver Headwear Company of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. It is a blue canvas with white polka dots. There are internal ear flaps, and a back brim which can be folded down.
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.
Brim Width: 3″
Crown Height: 5-1/2″
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.
Brim Width: 3″
Ribbon Width: 3/8″
This vintage brown derby was made during the derby revival of the late 1950s. It was sold by The English Shop / The Libertyville Saddle Shop of Libertyville, Illinois. It is made of brown fur felt. It has a fancy pleated liner with a generic gold stamp. Size 7-1/4