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″
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″
This is one of the most unusual vintage hats I’ve come across. The hat is made of high quality white fur felt. The crown says top hat, or at least flat top porkpie. But the brim says homburg. If it were black, it would be like Johnny Depp’s hat in Dead Man. But it’s white. With a purple band. And yet- this is no costume piece. High quality felt, with equally high quality trimmings.There’s a bit of light staining that should be easy to remove. It’s white and everything shows. It has a wide, supple russet leather sweatband, marked Bergen Custom Made Hats. Bergen was located at 2982 Hudson Blvd, Jersey City, NJ. This hat was “Styled in the English Manner” and is of 4x ( XXXX ) quality felt. (Those of you in the know know that the the X system is meaningless as it differs arbitrarily: manufacturer to manufacturer and year to year). The liner logo is similar to that of Mallory, with the array of medals, but is otherwise very different. Definitely an oddity of a hat. Size: 7-3/8Brim Width: 2-5/8″Crown Height: 4″Ribbon Width: 1-1/2″
This one was cleaned and re-blocked by Art Fawcett before I got it. It’s a fantastic Borsalino, but it was always just a bit too small to wear it comfortably, so I let it go. Somewhere along the line, the brim binding had been removed.
This hat is a mystery. I’ve seen them show up on ebay from time to time. They’re mostly all from this company, and all are from New Jersey. They’re all oddball colors. Masonic? Mummers? I would guess some kind of fraternal organization.
This Sears mail order wool felt cowboy hat dates from the 1930s through mid 1940s. It was an inexpensive working man’s hat, and while it has a cheap wool felt body, it has a nice leather sweatband and good quality ribbon work. Usually companies skimp on costs the other way around.