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.
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.
It’s only appropriate that Hank Snow wore a Hudson’s Bay Blanket coat. This style of blanket coat was a Canadian icon, as well as being favored by cowboy star, Tom Mix. His coats can be seen here. Like Mix’s coat, Snow’s was custom tailored, and had the unusual detail of the sleeve stripe running lengthwise. Early in his career, Snow wore a similarly styled and creased cowboy hat to Mix. Both also favored bow ties.
Christmas with Hank Snow, 1967
By the 1960s, Snow was wearing a new coat, also custom tailored. It had four pleated patch pockets with an unusual round shape. The coat had a 4×8 double breasted front, and a wrap-around belted back.
Tom Mix, the king of the cowboys, was a fan of Hudson’s Bay blanket coats for decades of his career, wearing his in a variety of films as well as off the set.
The first picture I can find of him wearing one is in 1918, in the film Ace High. He seems to have worn the style for the next 20 years until his death. During this time, there were three coats that I have been able to track down. The first and the second one are the same pattern, with subtle differences in the way the stripes line up distinguishing the two. In particular, the stripes on the shoulder yoke are a giveaway. The earlier version had a dark stripe centered with the pockets, while the second version had a white stripe. There were also differences in the color of the belt loops, and how the stripes lined up with the pockets.
The second version was a departure. The overall cut is somewhat simplified, without the large bellows pockets. Notch lapels replace the shirt style collar of the first two. The edges are trimmed with sections of dark stripe, and a dark zig-zag stripe is sewn to the chest, an exaggerated version of the western scalloped yoke. I particularly like the multi-tonal arrows running down the sleeves. Like other elements on this coat, these are cut out from the different color fields of a blanket and applied to the coat, creating the unique pattern.
c.1926 – Though the same cut as the c.1918 version, the stripes line up noticeably differently, particularly in the shoulder yoke. On the earlier version, the dark stripe lines up with the center of the pocket. On this version, it is the light background stripe which is centered. This version appears to have a buckle on the belt instead of buttons. The stripes of the body line up differently with the pockets.
1928 – A different blanket coat comes onto the scene.
1930 – Nash Car ad. The old style coat is still in rotation, but this appears to be the second version of it. In this picture, another difference from the first version of the coat is visible- the belt loops. On the earlier version in the same cut, the belt loops are made of the white portion of the blanket. In this version, they are part of a dark stripe.
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.
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
This long hair Aetna cowboy hat dates from the early 1930s or so. It has a high crown, wide, kettle curled brim and great graphics. But what makes it really unusual is the color. How about that wild turquoise color?!
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.