This hat was made by the high-end custom Rocky Mountain Hat Company of Bozeman, Montana for Dave Viers Jr. It is pure beaver and has a wide, curled brim, high crown and distinctive arrow point ribbon. A comparable hat from Rocky Mountain Hat co now would run in the range of $800, with an eight month wait time. It is a 7-1/4 and has a 4-7/8″ brim.
This vintage overcoat was custom tailored in November of 1951 for a Mr. Leon E Nark of Hershey, Pennsylvania. The coat is a classic double breasted style with 3×6 buttoning and a belted back. The coat is half lined, and has cuffed sleeves, pick stitched lapels and flapped patch pockets. The fabric is wool but feels like it may be a blend with cashmere.
Chest (pit to pit): 23″ (doubled = 46″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 19″
sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 25-1/2″
Length (base of collar to hem): 47″
This vintage fedora was made in the 1950s by the Bossay Hat Company of Pampa, Texas. It conforms closely to the lines of the Open Road or Stratoliner style, with fedora blocking and flanging, a thin ribbon with a western style bow and thin binding It is creased with a teardrop crown. There is a wind string and button. There are several stains to the felt, and the sweatband has hardened and has cracking. It is interesting to note that the sweatband is unreeed and has a taped rear sweatband seam, something which by the time frame this hat was made had largely been abandoned by the larger makers. Size: 7-1/8Brim Width: 2-3/4″Crown Height: 5-3/4″
This is one of the most unusual vintage hats I’ve come across. The hat is made of high quality white fur felt. The crown says top hat, or at least flat top porkpie. But the brim says homburg. If it were black, it would be like Johnny Depp’s hat in Dead Man. But it’s white. With a purple band. And yet- this is no costume piece. High quality felt, with equally high quality trimmings.There’s a bit of light staining that should be easy to remove. It’s white and everything shows. It has a wide, supple russet leather sweatband, marked Bergen Custom Made Hats. Bergen was located at 2982 Hudson Blvd, Jersey City, NJ. This hat was “Styled in the English Manner” and is of 4x ( XXXX ) quality felt. (Those of you in the know know that the the X system is meaningless as it differs arbitrarily: manufacturer to manufacturer and year to year). The liner logo is similar to that of Mallory, with the array of medals, but is otherwise very different. Definitely an oddity of a hat. Size: 7-3/8Brim Width: 2-5/8″Crown Height: 4″Ribbon Width: 1-1/2″
This fedora is a pure beaver custom hat from the 1950s. The felt is comparable to a 7X clear beaver Stetson of the period. I sold this one back around 2008, and is one of the few I’ve regretted passing on. I’ve only ever seen a couple others by this maker.