1960s Mallory by Stetson Open Road hat

This vintage hat was made by Stetson under the Mallory name after their buyout of that brand. Stylistically, it is identical to the Stetson Open Road. It is a size 7, and has a bound brim, narrow ribbon and cattleman blocked crown.

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1950s Sears 5X beaver open road fedora hat

This vintage fedora was sold by Sears in the 1950s. It is a thin ribboned model, with a c-crown. It has a brown leather sweatband, marked with the Sears logo and “Formease”. It is tagged a 7-1/8, but measures out closer to a 7.

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Stetson 7x Beaver 50

This vintage hat was made in the 1960s by the John B. Stetson company. It is the Stetson 7x Beaver 50, which coexisted with the 7X clear beaver quality and later replaced it. This hat cost $50 at the time, and was one of the more expensive of Stetson’s offerings. This one dates from the end of the run, and bears the silkscreened last drop liner instead of the earlier embroidered version. The sweatband is a high quality brown one, which Stetson continued to put in these top of the line hats after they were discontinued in the lower priced models. It has a laced rear and has a stamp from Joseph’s Men’s Shop- Austin, Texas.

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

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Peters Bros Shady Oak Bankers Special One Hundred

This vintage hat was custom made by Peters Brothers of Fort Worth, Texas. It is their famed “Shady Oak Banker’s Special” model, in the One Hundred grade, meaning that when it originally retailed for $100, at a time when the average fur felt hat in a comparable style was running about $20. The hat has a seamless welt edge. Cavanagh called their version the Cavanagh Edge. Stetson called theirs the Mode Edge. The hat has a narrow, western style single cord hat band.

Size: 7-5/8″
Brim Width: 2-3/4″
Crown Height: 5-1/2″

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Peters Bros Shady Oak Bankers Special 75

This vintage hat was made in Fort Worth Texas by Peters Bros. It is a “Shady Oak Banker’s Special”, and originally sold for seventy five dollars, making it about three times as expensive as a fur felt Stetson Open Road of the time. It is made from dress weight beaver felt. The hat is a dressy western style, with a short brim with a stitched edge detail and a medium width corded western hatband. At some time, the hat must have had some work done, as it has a liner from Fort Worth’s other noted hatter, Hatter’s Hats.

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

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Stetson Moose River


This hat was made by the John B. Stetson company for LL Bean. It is a variation on the classic “Open Road” model, but with a narrower, raw edge. It looks like the original owner followed the marketing and wore it as a rugged outdoorsy type of fedora. As such, the sweatband needs to be replaced.

Size: 7-1/8
Brim Width: 2-1/2″
Crown Height: 5-1/4″

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Stetson Stratoliner

This vintage fedora was made by the John B. Stetson company in the 1950s. It is their legendary “Stratoliner” model, named after the Boeing 307 Stratoliner airplane. The model was similar to Stetson’s “Open Road”, but with slightly more flange to the brim. While the Open road was marketed with more western iconography, the Stratoliner was sold as a modern, sporty hat. This one was made with fur felt of the “Royal” designation. It has a brown leather sweatband, with Stetson’s 1950s crest. It has a three color liner logo, which indicates a date of manufacture towards the end of the decade. This hat was sold by Cronin-Peterson Men’s Wear of Rochester, Minnesota. It still has the original price tag on the sweatband.

Size: 7-1/4
Brim Width: 2-1/2″
Ribbon Width: 3/8″
Crown Height: 5-3/8″

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