NRA labeled Miller cowboy hat

http://www.ebay.com/itm/271309667400
This vintage cowboy hat was made in the early 1930s and was sold by Miller of Denver, Colorado. It is NRA (National Recovery Administration) tagged, which dates it manufacture between 1933 to 1935. Under the sweatband is a Lot number, of the type used by Stetson on their sweatbands. Comparing this number to others found on NRA tagged hats places this one on the early end of the 1933-35 spectrum. I addition to hats under their own name, Miller was a large distributer of Stetson hats. With a type of sweatband so far only known to be used by Stetson this could have been produced under license by Stetson for Miller. The reorder tag is of a generic type with no maker’s name, so it’s a bit of a mystery. The hat is marked XXXX quality, and has the gold “Miller Fine Hats Denver Colorado” bucking bronco logo embossed on the leather. The sweatband has a taped rear seam, and appears to have received very little wear.

Size: 6-7/8
Brim Width: 4″
Ribbon Width: 1″
Crown Height: 6-1/2″

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Cowpuncher’s Palace

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This cowboy hat was made, probably in the 1980s for Cowpuncher’s Palace of Decatur, GA.  It feels like a hatco product of the time.  It is black, heavily stiffened, long nap 7X beaver fur felt, and is a 7-1/8 long oval.  The hatband is missing. The hat has a gus / tom mix crease.
Size: 7-1/8 Long Oval

Brim Width: 4″
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