This vintage fedora was custom made in Boston by Fitzgerald hatters. I believe it dates from just after the war from the style, but the construction has a number of more typically pre-war details to it. The hat has a fancy pleated liner and a textured, unreeded sweatband. The hat has a teardrop crown, narrow brim binding and a fancy ribbon.
Here’s another from Fitzgerald, dating to the 1960s
It feels like a while since I’ve been in the fedora business. It used to be they were my bread and butter. I sold hats with a very small vintage clothing sideline. There was a time, not too long ago, where I could walk into an antique store and come out with two or three golden-era fedoras or homburgs, at great prices. But the ebay market has gone through the roof, and antique shops seem to be more picked over now. Taking gambles on badly listed ebay hats to flip isn’t worth it when the price gets to big to comfortably eat. While this Champ is a bit dirty and a bit past the era I prefer, it was still refreshing to see it quietly sitting on a shelf at an antique store, waiting to be taken home, steamed out and cleaned up.