This vintage hat was made in the 1930s by the John B. Stetson company. It bears their “No. 1 Quality” designation. The dressweight felt has an unusual rose color. The liner is a complementary pink, with a highly detailed stamp. It was originally sold in Vinita, OK by “The Army Store”.
This vintage fedora was made in the 1940s by the John B. Stetson company. It is an early version of their “Flagship” model. It has a double-stitched pressed underwelt brim edge, and a rust colored ribbon. The sweatband has an early style “stars” crest. The felt designation is worded “Royal Stetson DeLuxe”, instead of the usual (later) phrasing “Royal DeLuxe Stetson”. It has a narrow, unreeded sweatband.
This vintage hat was made in the 1920s by the John B. Stetson company. It is made of a luxuriant fur felt velour. It has a raw edge brim, flanged somewhere in-between what we now think of as a fedora, and a homburg. It has a twisted bow with an intentionally frayed trailing edge, a popular detail at that time. It was originally sold by the Marshall Field Company. The sweatband bears their stamp, but not the Stetson mark. The back of the leather shows Stetson’s stamp, Lot 5992, which places the sweatband in somewhere in the early 1920s timeframe. There are signs of stitching from an unreeded sweatband, which would indicate that this early 1920s sweatband is a replacement, and that the hat itself was made prior to WWI.
The felt is in very good shape, as is the sweatband.
This vintage hat was made right around the turn of the 20th century. It is not marked as to the maker, but the sweatband is marked XXX Nutria Warranted. This style was popular as a city style in the 1900-1910 period. It has a western style curled brim, and a short, uncreased crown, similar to what was on a Stetson Boss of the Plains.
This vintage fedora was made by Berg hats in the late 1920s or early 1930s. It has a stitched underwelt brim edge. It has a long bow with an intentionally frayed trailing edge, as was the style of the time. The other side has a very nice period styling detail, a twisted ribbon. Inside is a black leather sweatband, with a blind embossed “Berg” logo. The sweatband has finely spaced stitching, and a decoratively embossed top edge. While brown leather sweatbands became the norm in the 1930s-1950s, black sweatbands like this were relatively common in the 1920s. The leather is still wonderfully soft and supple. It has a taped rear sweatband seam, also a typical detail of the period. The hat was sold at D’Toggery Inc., of Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
This hat was made in Germany and sold by Henri Henri of Montreal, Canada. The raw edge brim with minimal flanging makes me think this hat was released in the wake of the release of Indiana Jones, when this style made a resurgence. The hat originally sold for $245.
This vintage derby has had a hard life. It’s been crushed and glued back together. The ribbon and biding is falling off, the sweatband and liner are missing. Probably good for decoration or costume only. None of the damage is reparable. Marked a size 7-1/4.
This vintage hat was made in 1964 by the Adam Hat Company as part of the uniform worn by US athletes at the Tokyo Olympic Games. This particular example was worn by Bob Hoffman of York, Pennsylvania, coach of the US weightlifting team. Bob Hoffman was owner of York Barbell, and one of the inventors of modern weightlifting. 1964 was the last year he coached the US Olympic team,
The hat is made of bone colored fur felt. It has a classic early 1960s fedora/cowboy hybrid styling, similar to Stetson’s iconic “Open Road”, but with a two cord hatband. It has a bound edge and a black leather sweatband. Appropriately, the model name is the “Olympian”. Included in the photos below are a photo of Bob Hoffman wearing this hat at the Olympic Games, as well as two of other athletes wearing this same model which show more detail.
This vintage milan straw hat was made in the 1960s by Style Park (New York), and was sold in Pennsylvania by John Wannamaker. It is a classic stingy summer style, with a striped hatband, and a teardrop crown. Inside is a ventilated leather sweatband, which is still in good shape, but is a bit dry, so don’t go flipping it inside out or anything like that. There is a tip liner with the Stylepark logo.
ama hat was made by Dobbs. It is a cuenca brisa with a sewn underwelt brim edge. It has a green grosgrain ribbon with a fancy two tone checkerboard pattern in the weave. There is a cloth sweatband inside, which gives the hat some “give”.