1940s John the Hatter custom fedora

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This vintage fedora hat was made in the late 1940s or early 1950s by John the Hatter of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. It is made from high quality fur felt, with a self-felted “Cavanagh Edge”, a process no longer available. It has a diamond crease with front pinches, and medium width bow. There is a wind string. The button is still attached to the string, but the loop which cinches the wind string around the crown of the hat has come undone. Inside there is a reeded brown leather sweatband, stamped “John the Hatter, Lancaster, PA”. It is a high quality sweatband with extremely finely done stitching, and a taped (instead of stitched) rear seam, a detail typical of earlier manufacture hats. The stitching which holds the reed tape to the body of the hat has come away for the front half of the sweatband.

Size: 7-1/8
Brim Width: 3″
Ribbon Width: 1-1/8″
Crown Height: 5-1/2″

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