This vintage hat was custom made by Peters Brothers of Fort Worth, Texas. It is their famed “Shady Oak Banker’s Special” model, in the One Hundred grade, meaning that when it originally retailed for $100, at a time when the average fur felt hat in a comparable style was running about $20. The hat has a seamless welt edge. Cavanagh called their version the Cavanagh Edge. Stetson called theirs the Mode Edge. The hat has a narrow, western style single cord hat band.
This vintage hat was made in the late 1940s by Stevens. It is a high quality 3x beaver fur felt, with a seamless “hand felted” edge. This was Stevens’ term for their version of the Cavanagh Edge / Mode Edge, a finish no longer available today. The felt is silverbelly with a champagne colored grosgrain ribbon. The Bow has a jaunty slanting knot, and an intentionally frayed trailing edge to the bow, a hold-over of a detail popular in the 1930s and before. Inside, the hat has a brown leather sweatband, marked “Hand Felted Edge”, and with the name of the store it was originally sold at: “President Shops – Troost At 31st, Kansas City, MO”. The liner has the Stevens crest. The re-order tag underneath the sweatband gives the size: a 7-1/2.
This vintage fedora hat was made in the late 1940s or early 1950s by John the Hatter of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. It is made from high quality fur felt, with a self-felted “Cavanagh Edge”, a process no longer available. It has a diamond crease with front pinches, and medium width bow. There is a wind string. The button is still attached to the string, but the loop which cinches the wind string around the crown of the hat has come undone. Inside there is a reeded brown leather sweatband, stamped “John the Hatter, Lancaster, PA”. It is a high quality sweatband with extremely finely done stitching, and a taped (instead of stitched) rear seam, a detail typical of earlier manufacture hats. The stitching which holds the reed tape to the body of the hat has come away for the front half of the sweatband.
This vintage fedora was made in the 1940s by Stetson. It is their 7X Clear Beaver Quality. Pure, undyed beaver, with a mode edge. When it was new, this hat would have cost $50, a lot of money at the time. It has a reeded sweatband, with the 1940s version of the Stetson Crest. The sweatband is deeply blind embossed “mode-edge”. The hat was originally sold by Charles of Atlantic City, located at 1627-29 Boardwalk. There is a moth bite on the brim at the reed seam, and some staining on the wind string button. The crown has a diamond crease. The liner is Rayon Satin of Celanese yarn.