Here’s another one that’s been in my collection for a long time. This Borsalino was made in the 1920s, with a classic straight sided crown, nearly flat brim and wide ribbon with a twisted knot bow. Made for the export market, this one has an unreeded sweatband with a laced, crimped top edge and was sold by A.L. Rafuso of Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Canada. It is a 7-1/4 with a 2-1/2″ brim and 5-1/2″ crown.
This vintage hat was made by Mallory, New York in the late 1920s-early 1930s. It is a high crown homburg, with a distinctive purple and white lining. It was originally sold by Gordon Lark of Milwaukee.
This vintage hat was made in the 1960s by Dobbs. It was sold by the New Utica in Des Moines, and has a corrugated back sweatband. It has a 2-1/8″ brim.
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.
This vintage fedora was built by Dobbs, and was sold by Joe the Hatter as a house label hat. It is a stingy brim, with an overwelt brim edge, and a center crease.
This is a BIG hat. Tall crown. Wide brim. Likely made in the 1920s, it was sold by Moore’s of Santa Fe New Mexico and is Stetson’s No. 1 Quality, one of their western designations of the time.
A long-haired 1920s italian hat. Not quite a fedora, not quite a homburg, Very wide ribbon with intentionally frayed trailing edge.
This is a great example of a western fedora. It shows lines from where it was once creased as more of a cattleman, but the blocking and flanging are pure fedora. Dating is a bit more difficult for custom hats, but I’d place this one at sometime in the ’50s.
You don’t see derbies with this salt and pepper long nap finish anymore. Beautiful condition, and a very lightweight hat. Made in London England.
Another variation on the Dobbs Cross country model, this time with a self felt ribbon. Still lightweight and unlined, with a raw edged brim.
Sold by Frederick W. Donnelly and son of Trenton, NJ