This is what the operation here looks like. This is just a small part of what I have in storage. Closets, racks, boxes, shelves, all packed. Be sure to keep an eye out, here, on ebay, and on facebook, as I go through- lots of photos and sales to come over the next year or so.
I got this at an antique shop in Salisbury Maryland. It, and a nearly identical one were in a closed hat box under some other things. Looked like someone else had wanted them and hidden them to get them later.
I got this as deadstock along with a 7-1/2 Whippet. Unfortunately, I sold the Whippet before people the name commanded such high prices. Still did very well on it, but got 7-1/2 Stetson prices, not Whippet prices. I think this really was the more interesting of the two hats, with the unusual thin binding, done in homburg style, and the thin felt band.
This cap is deadstock and still has the original tissue paper inside. It has a white leather sweatband and a removable lining, making it more comfortable for year-round wear. These old caps don’t survive nearly as well as felt hats of the era. These were more popular as sporting hats, or with the working class. They were inexpensive, they were treated rough and they were thrown out. Most deadstock you see is in smaller sizes- the ones that were harder to sell.