This vintage hat was made by Resistol in the 1950s. It is rare to come across these early Resistol westerns, and rare to find cowboy hats like this with a bound brim. As you can see from the fade line, it originally had a mid-with ribbon, much wider than usually found on westerns of this era. It has the early Resistol Western liner (Before westerns became Resistol’s bread and butter) and a brown leather sweatband. It was originally sold by Wolf Brothers of Omaha, Nebraska. It is a size 7-1/4.
This vintage homburg was made in the 1920s by Warwick. It is made of forest green fur felt, with a center dent and widely spaced front pinches. It has a wide ribbon with a feathered trailing edge, as was the popular style of the day. The hat has an unmarked unreeded sweatband and a silk lining.
This vintage cowboy hat was made in the 1930s by Protecto. The model name is “The Rancher”. It has a wide bound brim and a five cord hatband. The sweatband is an early 1930s style, with a wide embossed stripe at the top. The liner is the nearly identical to the “Last Drop” image as is found on Stetson hats.
This vintage fedora was made in the 1940s by the John B. Stetson company. It is an early version of their “Flagship” model. It has a double-stitched pressed underwelt brim edge, and a rust colored ribbon. The sweatband has an early style “stars” crest. The felt designation is worded “Royal Stetson DeLuxe”, instead of the usual (later) phrasing “Royal DeLuxe Stetson”. It has a narrow, unreeded sweatband.
This hat was made in the 1950s by Portis. It sold new in the 1950s for $15, which bought a high quality hat at the time. It is marked 2X beaver, but the X system is meaningless, as it varies manufacturer to manufacturer and year to year- that is to say, a vintage 2X by one manufacturer could be the same quality as a vintage 5X by a different manufacturer as a 30X by a modern manufacturer. It has Portis’s Swans Down finish. It has a high quality leather sweatband with a backing membrane to stop perspiration from staining the felt. It has a relatively low crown, which is creased in a fedora style diamond crease. It has a three cord ribbon with a fancy bow. Very nicely done trimming on this one.Size: 7-1/8Brim Width: 3-1/4″Crown Height: 5-1/4″Ribbon Width: 3/8″
This vintage cowboy hat was made in the 1960s by Eddy brothers of California. It is marked a 5X beaver quality. The X system is, unfortunately entirely meaningless, as it differs wildly manufacturer to manufacturer, model to model and year to year. It is marked “water repellent” and has a red liner. The felt has stains, pen marks, a few small moth bites, and it looks like someone had a pin in the front of the crown. It has a two cord band, a flat brim and a cattleman’s crease.