This jacket was made in the 1970s for Dan, a member of the Road Knights Motorcycle Club. The Road Knights were founded in 1973 by members of the US Army stationed in the Canal Zone in Panama. It is the oldest recognized motorcycle club in that country. This jacket started off life as a Wrangler four pocket denim jacket, with snap pockets and cuffs and rivet button front. The colors on the back were entirely hand sewn, with reflective edging and studwork. The rockers read, “Road Knights”, “Canal Zone” with a logo of a knights helmet atop a motorcycle wheel. On top of the top rocker are two hand embroidered motorcycles, one a stock bike, the other a twin headlight chopper. The owner’s name, Dan, is hand embroidered on the front.
This vintage fedora was made in the 1950s. These were produced under a variety of labels, this one bears the name, Twistex. It has a weather proof coating, a burgundy pugaree and a ventilated crown It is a size 7-1/8 and has a 2-3/8″ brim.
This vintage hat was made in the 1930s by the John B Stetson company from a high quality Equadorian Panama hat body and was sold by The Coop, Cambridge, Massachusetts. It is blocked with an Optimo crown, and sports a backwoven brim edge. The 1930s Stetson size tag is heavily faded but reads 1/8, though it measures out to a size seven.
ama hat was made by Dobbs. It is a cuenca brisa with a sewn underwelt brim edge. It has a green grosgrain ribbon with a fancy two tone checkerboard pattern in the weave. There is a cloth sweatband inside, which gives the hat some “give”.
This vintage panama hat was made in the 1950s by the Adam hat company. It is a cuenca weave and is marked “Pana-Brisa”. It has a perforated leather sweatband, which has dried somewhat, but nothing too bad. It is “Royal Quality”. There is a thin black ribbon with an Open Road / Stratoliner style bow. The crown has a blocked in teardrop crease.
Brim Width: 2-3/4″
This hat was made in the early part of the 20th century, or possibly the late 1800s. I’ve never seen another hat with this super early John B. Stetson crest. It’s extremely old and unusual.
The hat is a very fine montecristi panama, see the detail picture with a penny for scale for an idea of just how fine. There are three breaks in the straw in the brim, at the back, but unlike the other early Stetson Montecristi, they don’t show very badly, especially when worn. The hat has a classic optimo blocking, and the brim is finely backwoven. THe sweatband has some of the finest stitching I’ve seen and is extremely wide. It is still nice and supple. The original owner’s initials, “ECA” are stamped opposite the Stetson logo.
Brim Width: 2-1/8″
Ribbon Width: 7/8″