This vintage cowboy hat was made in California by Bailey as part of their western B-Bar-B line. It has a tall crown and a wide curled brim. The style is marked as the Carlsbad.
This vintage cowboy hat was made by the G.W. Alexander hat company of Reading, PA. However, at least some of the components of the hat are sourced from the John B. Stetson company of Philadelphia, PA. The sweatband bears the Stetson Lot number 6378. At points in their history, Stetson owned the Alexander Hat Company, so this could explain this sharing. The hat is a classic 1920s style, with a high crown, pencil curl brim and a Tom Mix crease. It has a wide grosgrain ribbon, a good quality fur felt body and a wide leather sweatband, which is still supple and in excellent condition. The hat was sold in Lompoc, California by Arthur Randolph. At the time, Lompoc was primarily a mining town. The hat is in very good condition, and in the many 1920s westerns I’ve sold, I would single this one out as the best of the bunch.
The real deal- a big ’30s Dobbs western sold by Desmond’s of California. No interest when I sold this one- ended up losing money on it. Everyone wants a “Stetson” and are willing to pay big for the brand name. People will pay big for Dobbs fedoras, but they just didn’t become iconic in the western market in the same way.