This vintage canvas messenger bag was made in the late 1920s-early 1930s. It is made of lightweight green canvas, now faded. It has a single button closure flap, a divided interior and a strap with a D ring adjustment At some point, the original owner, a Mr. R.G. Pease, decided that he wanted a zipper top to make the contents of the bag more secure and added a zipper top. Instead of adding a closed end zipper that you would normally use on bags, he added two separable bottomed jacket zippers, with the early grommet bottomed stopbox and double hinge, pinlock, round holed slider, folding the separable end of the zippers to the inside of the bag.
this hat was made by the John B. Stetson Company in the mid 1980s. It is made of fur felt, grown soft and pliable through decades of usage. It bears the Gun Club model name, used since the 1950s on a variety of styles. This one has a raw edge brim, and a C-Crown, with a medium width ribbon. The proportions and feel of the hat are very similar to the 1950s Brent “Adventurer” model. The sweatband bears the Stetson crest imprint, oddly the earlier “stars” variant on the design used in the 1950s and before. The sweatband material itself is pure 1980s Stetson.
Another Adventurebilt, this one by Steve Delk. I wore this one a whole bunch, through Halifax rain, sleet and snow. I didn’t baby it the way I did the Deluxe- the gray suited me and my wardrobe much better. But surprisingly, after wearing it outside for a while, the brim flange got funny and the crown tapered a whole bunch. It just didn’t hold up the way I would have expected it to. I accidentally left it in a cabin in Maine on a road trip. A friend was able to retrieve it, but I took it somehow as a sign and passed it on to someone who hopefully has made gentler use of it than I did, and I switched back to vintage hats exclusively.
This is one of the few hats I’ve regretted selling. The felt on these is so nice. The sweatband is one of the only modern ones I’ve found comfortable. But somehow, I just found myself not wearing it as much as I should. The rest of my hats I just plop on my head and I’m off. This one I worried about what would happen to it- if someone would spill a drink on it, if it would get stolen. As much as I’ve been able to dodge the Indiana Jones comments that seem to follow any hat with a brim, or any leather, this one really invited them. Because it is THE Indiana Jones hat. This one was an earlier custom job, without the dimensional brim, and it doesn’t have the raiders pinch, but even so- I always somehow felt this hat was wearing me, and not the other way around. So off it went. Someday I’ll get a custom to replace it, with dimensions and a color that suit me better.