I picked this up yesterday at an antique shop in Lemoyne, Pennsylvania. This is a Waltham Chicago, with a Swiss made movement, after the American manufacture of Watham watches had stopped and the company name changed hands. But they don’t get much cleaner.
This vintage homburg was made in the 1920s by the Gordon hat company. It is an early soft felt style, made before the current definitions of “fedora” and “homburg” had come to be. It is somewhere between the two, with brim flanging similar to a homburg or a lord’s hat, but with a stitched overwelt brim. It has a distinctive wide wale grosgrain ribbon and substantial double bow. It has an unreeded sweatband, still soft and in excellent condition, with all stitching present and accounted for. It has an incredibly detailed seal imprinted on the leather, and on the lining. The lining is of a fancy style which fell out of fashion in the 1930s. The sweatband has a taped, rather than a stitched rear seam, a detail rarely seen on later US made hats. It has a sticker size tag (also common in the 1920s era), which is in excellent condition. There is the early style large union tag under the sweatband, along with an early style size stamp. The condition of this hat, particularly the presence of details like the perfectly clean size tag, indicate this hat was rarely, if ever worn. It’s a truly incredible time capsule of a hat, produced almost 90 years ago.Size: 7-1/4Brim Width: 2-1/2″Ribbon Width: 2-1/4″
I got this at an antique shop in Salisbury Maryland. It, and a nearly identical one were in a closed hat box under some other things. Looked like someone else had wanted them and hidden them to get them later.
I got this as deadstock along with a 7-1/2 Whippet. Unfortunately, I sold the Whippet before people the name commanded such high prices. Still did very well on it, but got 7-1/2 Stetson prices, not Whippet prices. I think this really was the more interesting of the two hats, with the unusual thin binding, done in homburg style, and the thin felt band.
This cap is deadstock and still has the original tissue paper inside. It has a white leather sweatband and a removable lining, making it more comfortable for year-round wear. These old caps don’t survive nearly as well as felt hats of the era. These were more popular as sporting hats, or with the working class. They were inexpensive, they were treated rough and they were thrown out. Most deadstock you see is in smaller sizes- the ones that were harder to sell.