Stetson 7X Clear Beaver cowboy hat

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This vintage hat was made in the 1950s by the John B. Stetson Company. It is their high end 7X Clear Beaver Quality and has a 3-1/8″ brim. There is no size tag and no reorder tags under the sweatband, but the opening measures 7-3/8″ by 6-1/8″, with a 21-1/2″ circumference.

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1960s Stetson Forty fedora

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This vintage fedora was made in the early 1960s by the John B. Stetson company. At that time, it retailed for $40. This was a time frame when the average fur felt Stetson sold for around $10. This was topped in the lineup by the 7X clear beaver Stetson, which sold for $50, and the Stetson 100, which sold for $100. Both the 7X and the 100 were “Clear Beaver Quality”, or undyed pure beaver. I have sold a number of these hats, and the felt on this one is nearly identical, with the important difference that it is dyed instead of a natural color.

The hat has Stetson’s “Mode Edge”, their version of the seamless welt Cavanagh edge, a process no longer available today. The hat has a wide ribbon and a wind string and is creased with a center dent and widely spaced front pinches. Inside, the hat has a black sweatband, stamped with the Stetson crest and the felt designation “Stetson Forty”. A slightly different crest, which came into usage in the early 1950s, is in gold on the liner. The hat was originally sold by the Pantke Harpke company of Milwaukee, WI.

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

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