This vintage hat was made in the 1910s or 1920s by the Temple Hat company. It is marked XXX quality. It has a gray green ribbon with huge early style bow. It has a bold weave with triple ply weaves. The sweatband is heavily textured and is still soft and supple. The lining is half mesh and half silk, with a screened logo. Size: 7-1/4Brim Width: 2-1/4″Ribbon Width: 2-1/4″Crown Height: 3-3/8″
This vintage straw hat was made in the early 1960s. It is a cross between a porkpie and an optimo blocking, with a snap brim. It has a mused brown, blue and yellow puggaree. About an inch and a half of stitching on the braid has dropped at the top of the porkpie crown near the front. It doesn’t show when wearing, and could be fixed easily with several stitches. The hat has a fabric sweatband. It is only marked “Genuine Imported Braid” and “Custom Made”. Size: 7-1/8Brim Width: 1-3/4″Band Width: 1-3/4″Crown Height: 6″
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 1950s by the Champ Hat company. It is a high grade milan summer straw hat, with a bound brim, teardrop porkpie blocking and a nicely executed wide ribbon and bow. There is a satin liner tip and a leather sweatband. The sweatband isn’t in very good shape, but the rest of the hat is. These old high quality milans are hard to come by (lots of cheap milans back in the day), and sweatband replacement isn’t very hard or expensive.
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″