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.
This vintage fedora was made in the early 1960s by the John B. Stetson company. At that time, it retailed for $40. This was a time frame when the average fur felt Stetson sold for around $10. This was topped in the lineup by the 7X clear beaver Stetson, which sold for $50, and the Stetson 100, which sold for $100. Both the 7X and the 100 were “Clear Beaver Quality”, or undyed pure beaver. I have sold a number of these hats, and the felt on this one is nearly identical, with the important difference that it is dyed instead of a natural color.
The hat has Stetson’s “Mode Edge”, their version of the seamless welt Cavanagh edge, a process no longer available today. The hat has a wide ribbon and a wind string and is creased with a center dent and widely spaced front pinches. Inside, the hat has a black sweatband, stamped with the Stetson crest and the felt designation “Stetson Forty”. A slightly different crest, which came into usage in the early 1950s, is in gold on the liner. The hat was originally sold by the Pantke Harpke company of Milwaukee, WI.