7-1/4 1940s Stetson Flaship

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This vintage fedora was made in the 1940s by the John B. Stetson company. It is an early version of their “Flagship” model. It has a double-stitched pressed underwelt brim edge, and a rust colored ribbon. The sweatband has an early style “stars” crest. The felt designation is worded “Royal Stetson DeLuxe”, instead of the usual (later) phrasing “Royal DeLuxe Stetson”. It has a narrow, unreeded sweatband.

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

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Royal DeLuxe Stetson

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.

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