This vintage cowboy hat was made in the 1950s by Champ under their Champ Western line and was sold by Montana’s largest Men’s store, Weins of Butte, MT. It is made of fur felt, which was designated by Champ as 6X, but keep in mind that the X system varies widely from manufacturer to manufacturer and has grossly inflated over the years, rendering it meaningless. Champ was known primarily for its fedoras, and their western line is rare. This one has a raw edge brim, kicks front and back and a two cord ribbon. It is a 7-1/4.
This vintage hat was made in the early 1960s by Dunlap, and was sold in uptown Butte, Montana by Jim Spier. The hat follows the traditional dressy western form, most famously sold by Stetson under the Open Road name, but made by many manufacturers before and since that name was coined. The style is defined by its narrowly bound, flanged brim and straight crown, usually with a cattleman’s crease. This one has a wind string. This hat has a black leather sweatband, stamped with the Dunlap logo, “Hand Felted by Master Craftsmen” and “Kashmir Finish”, stampings which they shared with the Champ brand-name.
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.
This is a vintage high quality milan straw summer fedora hat. It was made by the Champ Hat company in the late 1950s. It has a nice brown leather sweatband, flat top porkpie styling, with a super wide band and back bow. Size: 7-1/4Brim Width: 2-1/8″Band Width: 2-1/2″Crown Height: 4″
This hat was made in the 1950s by the Champ Hat company. It is a high grade milan summer straw hat, with a bound brim, teardrop porkpie blocking and a nicely executed wide ribbon and bow. There is a satin liner tip and a leather sweatband. The sweatband isn’t in very good shape, but the rest of the hat is. These old high quality milans are hard to come by (lots of cheap milans back in the day), and sweatband replacement isn’t very hard or expensive.
I like the unusual color of the liner on this one, along with its graphics. 1960s hats were good for that. It’s also unusual to see stingy brims like this with a bound brim- usually you saw welts. This one has the most characters I’ve ever seen stamped on the sweatband.