1930s Ben Parkoff Fedora hat


This vintage hat was made in the early 1930s for Ben Parkoff of Brooklyn, New York and is their “The Parksley” model.  It is a rare style, briefly popular in the early ’30s, the snap brim homburg, flanged with a sharply curled homburg type brim curl to the back, and a more relaxed one in the front, allowing it to be worn up brim or snapped. It has the feathered edge to the bow that was so popular at this time, and the twisted dip to the reverse side of the ribbon which was also a short lived trend.  It has a center crease with pinches and a bound 2-1/4″ brim.  It has a wide sweatband with a taped rear seam and a fancy pleated lining. The original store size tag is still in the ribbon.

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1920s Gimbel homburg hat

This vintage hat was made in the late 1910s-1920s by Gimbel. It is a shallowly flanged homburg style, made in lightweight fur felt, and creased with a center dent and pinches. It has a wide ribbon with a feathered trailing edge, as was the fashion of the time, and narrow binding. The has has an unreeded sweatband with a taped rear seam- the stitching of the sweatband is still in tact. It is tagged a size 6-7/8.

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1920s Warwick Homburg hat

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.

Size: 7-1/8
Brim Width: 2-5/8″
Crown Height: 5-5/8″
Ribbon Width: 2″

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1940s Adam Homburg

This vintage homburg was made by the Adam hat company in the late 1940s. It is gray fur felt, with a black ribbon and wind string and a bound brim. The hat has a brown leather sweatband, marked “Adam Executive, Cushioned for Comfort”, and “A product of Adam – America’s famous hatter”. The hat has a fancy pleated lining with the Adam logo. The size tag also bears the Adam name, and indicates that it is a 7-1/4, though it seems to have shrunk slightly. The hat has a center dent and front pinches. Despite the formal reputation that hats like this now have, at the time, they were worn in a variety of situations, from casual to semi-formal. The pinches dress the hat down a bit.

Size: 7-1/4
Brim Width: 2-3/4″
Ribbon Width: 2″
Crown Height: 5-1/2″

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1920s Stetson raw edge homburg

This vintage hat was made in the early 1920s by the John B. Stetson company. It is an interesting transitional style. At the time this was sold, it probably would have been designated as a fedora style – at that point, “fedora” had a broader definition. It has a curled edge brim- the same curl used on Boss Raw Edge westerns of the period – this is the first I’ve seen it on a dress hat like this. With the proportions it has, and its curled brim, today it would be called a homburg or a “Lords Hat”. It has a wide ribbon with a frayed-edge bow. The frayed trailing edge was a popular styling cue on hats of this era. Inside, the hat is unlined. The sweatband stampings indicate that it is a “Select Quality” felt, which sold for $7 in the early 1920s. This made it an expensive hat for the time period. It was sold in Jackson, TN by the G.H. Robertson Co.
Size: 7-1/4
Brim Width: 2-3/4″
Crown Height: 5-1/2″
Ribbon Width: 2-1/8″

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