Bailey B Bar B cowboy hat

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This vintage cowboy hat was made in California by Bailey as part of their western B-Bar-B line. It has a tall crown and a wide curled brim. The style is marked as the Carlsbad.

Size: 6-7/8
Brim Width: 4″
Crown Height: 5-3/4″

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NRA labeled Miller cowboy hat

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This vintage cowboy hat was made in the early 1930s and was sold by Miller of Denver, Colorado. It is NRA (National Recovery Administration) tagged, which dates it manufacture between 1933 to 1935. Under the sweatband is a Lot number, of the type used by Stetson on their sweatbands. Comparing this number to others found on NRA tagged hats places this one on the early end of the 1933-35 spectrum. I addition to hats under their own name, Miller was a large distributer of Stetson hats. With a type of sweatband so far only known to be used by Stetson this could have been produced under license by Stetson for Miller. The reorder tag is of a generic type with no maker’s name, so it’s a bit of a mystery. The hat is marked XXXX quality, and has the gold “Miller Fine Hats Denver Colorado” bucking bronco logo embossed on the leather. The sweatband has a taped rear seam, and appears to have received very little wear.

Size: 6-7/8
Brim Width: 4″
Ribbon Width: 1″
Crown Height: 6-1/2″

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1920s Alexander Cowboy Hat

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This vintage cowboy hat was made by the G.W. Alexander hat company of Reading, PA.  However, at least some of the components of the hat are sourced from the John B. Stetson company of Philadelphia, PA.  The sweatband bears the Stetson Lot number 6378.  At points in their history, Stetson owned the Alexander Hat Company, so this could explain this sharing.  The hat is a classic 1920s style, with a high crown, pencil curl brim and a Tom Mix crease. It has a wide grosgrain ribbon, a good quality fur felt body and a wide leather sweatband, which is still supple and in excellent condition.  The hat was sold in Lompoc, California by Arthur Randolph. At the time, Lompoc was primarily a mining town.  The hat is in very good condition, and in the many 1920s westerns I’ve sold, I would single this one out as the best of the bunch.

Size: 7-1/8

Brim Width: 4″

Crown Height: 6-1/2″

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Cowpuncher’s Palace

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This cowboy hat was made, probably in the 1980s for Cowpuncher’s Palace of Decatur, GA.  It feels like a hatco product of the time.  It is black, heavily stiffened, long nap 7X beaver fur felt, and is a 7-1/8 long oval.  The hatband is missing. The hat has a gus / tom mix crease.
Size: 7-1/8 Long Oval

Brim Width: 4″
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1930s Dobbs Western

The real deal- a big ’30s Dobbs western sold by Desmond’s of California. No interest when I sold this one- ended up losing money on it. Everyone wants a “Stetson” and are willing to pay big for the brand name. People will pay big for Dobbs fedoras, but they just didn’t become iconic in the western market in the same way.

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