1920s Stetson No. 1 Quality western

http://www.ebay.com/itm/401073439583

This vintage cowboy hat was made in the 1920s by the John B. Stetson Co. of Philadelphia, PA and was sold by the E.C. Olson Co. of Rapid City, SD.  It has a high, square sided, square topped crown with shallow dents, a bound brim with a light flange and a mid-width ribbon.  It is a 7-1/4, with a 3″ brim and a 5″ crown.

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1930s Stetson Boss of the Plains

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This is a rare John B. Stetson Boss of the Plains, made in their No. 1 quality fur felt.  Known as the “hat that won the west”, this was a real working cowboy’s style, with a flat, raw edge brim and a short, straight sided crown. This is a relatively late production example of the model, which can be dated between 1933 and 1935 by the NRA Code tag. The brim measures 3-1/16″ and the crown measures 4-3/8″.

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NPS Campaign Hat

The big difference between a boss of the plains and a campaign hat is the grommets. An army campaign hat has them. A boss of the plains does not. Typically a boss of the plains stays uncreased, while a campaign hat gets a four point montana peak. This is a boss of the plains that has been adapted for NPS service.

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No. 1 Quality Stetson Boss of the Plains

I have a weakness for early westerns. I don’t know why- too many cowboy movies as a kid? The allure of the open range?

This is an early Stetson Boss of the plains, probably dating from the 1920s. These were the real working mans hat of the time.

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Vintage Stetson Boss of the Plains

This one probably dates from the 1920s. Typical boss of the plains crown. May have had a curled brim edge at one point, but if that’s the case, it’s long since been cut off. Textured leather sweatband, no lining. Wide ribbon. Deep imprints. No. 1 Quality, a western designation of the time. Very high quality fur felt.

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