1940s John the Hatter custom fedora


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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