1920s Stetson No. 1 Quality western

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This vintage cowboy hat was made in the 1920s by the John B. Stetson Co. of Philadelphia, PA and was sold by the E.C. Olson Co. of Rapid City, SD.  It has a high, square sided, square topped crown with shallow dents, a bound brim with a light flange and a mid-width ribbon.  It is a 7-1/4, with a 3″ brim and a 5″ crown.

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1930s Stetson Boss of the Plains

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This is a rare John B. Stetson Boss of the Plains, made in their No. 1 quality fur felt.  Known as the “hat that won the west”, this was a real working cowboy’s style, with a flat, raw edge brim and a short, straight sided crown. This is a relatively late production example of the model, which can be dated between 1933 and 1935 by the NRA Code tag. The brim measures 3-1/16″ and the crown measures 4-3/8″.

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1920s Stetson Clear Nutria cowboy hat

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This vintage cowboy hat was made in the 1920s by the John B. Stetson Company of Philadelphia, PA from Clear Nutria felt. Interestingly for such a huge western style, it was sold by John S. Harman & Son, Hatters, 87 New Bond Street, London.  The felt is amazingly pliable, with a high crown, a curled brim edge and a thin ribbon.  The lining is green, and the sweatband is textured brown leather, both bear a very detailed Stetson stamp. The lot no on the back of the sweatband, 5157, helps to date the hat.  The brim measures 4-1/4″, the crown measures 6-1/4″.

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Stetson Open Road 25

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This hat was made by the John B. Stetson Company.  It is their iconic Open Road style, with a thin ribbon and a fedora flanged brim. This was their high end Stetson 25 model, meaning it cost 25 dollars when new.  It has a wind string, a cut-down 2-1/4″ brim and a laced sweatband.

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3X Stetson Open Road RENSH

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This hat was made by the John B. Stetson Company.  It is their iconic Open Road style, with a thin ribbon, narrow binding and a fedora flanged brim. This one is a 3X Beaver quality, likely made in the 1950s, then renovated by Shudde Bros in the 1960s (it is stamped RENSH) at which point it received a new Stetson authorized sweatband, without the Open Road stamp. It has a wind string, is a 7-5/8 Long Oval and has a 2-3/4″ brim.

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Stetson 3X Open Road

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This hat was made by the John B. Stetson Company.  It is their iconic Open Road style, with a thin ribbon, narrow binding and a fedora flanged brim. This one is a 3X quality, originally sold in Bozeman, Montana at McCracken’s, and sporting a 2-3/4″ brim.

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Stetson 4X Stetson Open Road

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This hat was made by the John B. Stetson Company.  It is their iconic Open Road style, with a thin ribbon, narrow binding and a fedora flanged brim. This one has the model name marked on the reorder tag rather than the sweatband, is made of heavier weight modern felt, has the Stetson Authentic X hologram sticker still on the sweatband, and is a 4X quality felt.  While the reorder tag puts the brim at 2-3/4″, it measures out to 2-7/8″.

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