Deadstock 1920s Gordon Hat

http://www.ebay.com/itm/271116969726

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″    Photobucket

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1920s Gordon Hat

http://www.ebay.com/itm/281034607401

This vintage hat, like the other 1920s one I’m selling at the moment, was made by the Gordon Hat Company.  It is a forest green fur felt, with a long nap velour finish.  This felt finish was popular in the 1910s and 1920s. The hat is in the fuzzy middleground between fedora, homburg and lords hat, with flanging similar to a homburg, but a stitched overwelt brim.  This style pretty much dropped off the radar by the 1930s. The hat has a wide purple ribbon, which has a feathered trailing edge.  Other than Cavanagh, this bow detail, so popular at the time this hat was produced, was dropped by most hat manufacturers by the end of the 1930s. The hat has an unreeded russet color sweatband, marked “genuine velour”.  The liner has long since gone missing. The sticker size tag on the rear seam of the leather is still legible, and reads 7-1/4. The hat has the old style large union tag, size stamp and a Gordon manufacturer’s tag.Size: 7-1/4Brim Width: 2-1/4″Ribbon Width: 2-1/4″    Photobucket

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