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.
The Stetson Stratoliner is arguably one of Stetson’s best known hat models. Named after the airplane, it had fedora blocking and a thin ribbon. This one, sourced in Frederick, Maryland, saw a lot of wear in its life.