Bon Ton Ivy sweatband derby

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This vintage derby is S.B.A.’s Comfort hat, with a Bon Ton Ivy self adjusting sweatband and positive ventilation which supposedly prevents balding. ┬áIt measures 20-3/4″ in circumference.

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1950s brown Derby

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This vintage brown derby was made during the derby revival of the late 1950s. It was sold by The English Shop / The Libertyville Saddle Shop of Libertyville, Illinois. It is made of brown fur felt. It has a fancy pleated liner with a generic gold stamp. Size 7-1/4

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Bailey Brown Derby

You don’t see a lot of brown derbies these days. Lots of black ones survived, but the slightly more casual, slightly less common brown ones didn’t make it nearly as well. This is a modern one. Well- I say modern- but I consider any hat made from the mid ’70s on to be pretty modern. It’s soft like a homburg and has a homburg curl to the brim, not a derby curl. But the blocking is all bowler- too low to take a crease, so I guess that’s what it is.

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