This vintage hat was made in the early 1960s by Dunlap, and was sold in uptown Butte, Montana by Jim Spier. The hat follows the traditional dressy western form, most famously sold by Stetson under the Open Road name, but made by many manufacturers before and since that name was coined. The style is defined by its narrowly bound, flanged brim and straight crown, usually with a cattleman’s crease. This one has a wind string. This hat has a black leather sweatband, stamped with the Dunlap logo, “Hand Felted by Master Craftsmen” and “Kashmir Finish”, stampings which they shared with the Champ brand-name.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/271577537059 In the 1950s and 1960s, Stetson’s top of the line hat was the Stetson 100, which cost a whopping hundred dollars at the time. For that money you got a hand crafted pure beaver Stetson hat in a leather presentation suitcase. This is one of those cases, in the smaller Open Road / Fedora size, as opposed to the larger cowboy hat size.
This vintage cowboy hat was made in the 1930s by Protecto. The model name is “The Rancher”. It has a wide bound brim and a five cord hatband. The sweatband is an early 1930s style, with a wide embossed stripe at the top. The liner is the nearly identical to the “Last Drop” image as is found on Stetson hats.
This vintage fedora was made in the 1950s by Dobbs. It is their “Westward” model, their answer to the Stetson “Open Road”. It has a C crown, narrow ribbon with western style bow and bound brim.
This cowboy hat was made by Resistol as part of their old-west styled “Stagecoach” line. It was probably manufactured in the 1980s, and is made of high quality fur felt. It has a great 1920s style, with a wide, curled brim, and a tall crown. The hat has a buckled leather band, appropriate for the 1920s style.
This vintage brown derby was made during the derby revival of the late 1950s. It was sold by The English Shop / The Libertyville Saddle Shop of Libertyville, Illinois. It is made of brown fur felt. It has a fancy pleated liner with a generic gold stamp. Size 7-1/4
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 more than three times as expensive as an average fur felt Stetson of the time. It is made from dress weight beaver felt. The hat is styled similarly to an earlier Stetson Playboy, with a raw brim with a stitched edge detail and a thin ribbon. 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.
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.
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.
This vintage fedora was made in Philadelphia, PA in the mid 1940s by the John B. Stetson company. Interestingly, it was a rare export model, sold in Mexico. As such, it has variants on the early style reorder tags and on the size tag, with the sizes in metric. The hat has a raw edge brim and a self-felt hatband. It is made in a luxurious “suede finish” fur felt. The hat is creased with a teardrop crown. It has the early style detailed Stetson imprints on the sweatband and liner, transitional sweatband construction, and was sold by Salinas y Rocha, Alameda, Mexico