This vintage buckle reads, “Be American Buy American” and has the logo of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Chauffeurs Warehousemen and Helpers of America in the center of an eagle. The back has a partially obscured makers mark and union bugs. The buckle measures 2″x3″ and fits a 1-5/8″ belt.
This homburg has lost its liner and sweatband, but bears the old style union tag, which dates it from the early ’30s or before. For everyone who says the homburg is and was a formal hat, I urge you to actually look at period photos, and to everyone who says homburgs are and were stiff hats, I urge you to actually feel a vintage one.