1920s Stetson No. 1 Quality western

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This vintage cowboy hat was made in the 1920s by the John B. Stetson Co. of Philadelphia, PA and was sold by the E.C. Olson Co. of Rapid City, SD.  It has a high, square sided, square topped crown with shallow dents, a bound brim with a light flange and a mid-width ribbon.  It is a 7-1/4, with a 3″ brim and a 5″ crown.

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1930s Stetson Boss of the Plains

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This is a rare John B. Stetson Boss of the Plains, made in their No. 1 quality fur felt.  Known as the “hat that won the west”, this was a real working cowboy’s style, with a flat, raw edge brim and a short, straight sided crown. This is a relatively late production example of the model, which can be dated between 1933 and 1935 by the NRA Code tag. The brim measures 3-1/16″ and the crown measures 4-3/8″.

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1920s Stetson Clear Nutria cowboy hat

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This vintage cowboy hat was made in the 1920s by the John B. Stetson Company of Philadelphia, PA from Clear Nutria felt. Interestingly for such a huge western style, it was sold by John S. Harman & Son, Hatters, 87 New Bond Street, London.  The felt is amazingly pliable, with a high crown, a curled brim edge and a thin ribbon.  The lining is green, and the sweatband is textured brown leather, both bear a very detailed Stetson stamp. The lot no on the back of the sweatband, 5157, helps to date the hat.  The brim measures 4-1/4″, the crown measures 6-1/4″.

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Royal Stetson Playboy fedora hat

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This vintage hat was made in the mid 1950s by the John B. Stetson Co. from their Royal Stetson grade felt.  It is their famous “Playboy” model, with lightweight felt, a stitched raw edge brim, marrow ribbon and diamond shaped bents on the side of the crown.  The hat is a size 7-3/8, with a 2-3/4″ brim and a 5-3/8″ crown.

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Stetson 7X Clear Beaver cowboy hat

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This vintage hat was made in the 1950s by the John B. Stetson Company. It is their high end 7X Clear Beaver Quality and has a 3-1/8″ brim. There is no size tag and no reorder tags under the sweatband, but the opening measures 7-3/8″ by 6-1/8″, with a 21-1/2″ circumference.

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