This hat was made by MacLachlan hat makers, probably in the 1940s and was sold by Barney’s Mens Wear of Chicago, Illinois. It is an unusual light oatmeal colored heathered felt with a small overwelt. The hatband is of a then popular casual knit style. The hat has a grosgrain ribbon sweatband, which, combined with the tin, lightweight felt, makes the hat rollable and packable. The hat is unlined and has the Mac Lachlan crest printed into the crown. Also, because of the soft construction, the hat has a fair bit of give to it, so it easily fits a 7-1/4, despite being tagged and measuring to a 7-1/8 when unworn.
Canadian made Stetsons had gold foil tags. This one is also marked with a Canadian retailer’s stamp, so it’s easier to place the location of manufacture. It’s somewhere between a tyrolean and a pork pie in styling.
There are some hats that come with other hats I buy. Parts of big lots, freebies thrown in with ones I really want. I get them, half-way against my will, and then what do I do with them? These hats stick around longer than anything else- people won’t pay me for them, and even when I try to give them away, it’s a distinct challenge.