This vintage fedora was made in Weilheim, Western Germany by Fritz Huckel Hutmacher, and was sold by the Star Clothing Company, Inc., of Yakima, Washington. It is a fur felt “ultra” velour, with a tall crown and a wide overwelt. It has a nicely detailed back bow. The liner has a fancy stitching detail, and lists all the gold medals won by the hatmaker. It has a brown leather reeded sweatband, with a taped rear seam and fancy decorative ribbon.
This vintage hat was made in the 1920s by the John B. Stetson company. It is made of a luxuriant fur felt velour. It has a raw edge brim, flanged somewhere in-between what we now think of as a fedora, and a homburg. It has a twisted bow with an intentionally frayed trailing edge, a popular detail at that time. It was originally sold by the Marshall Field Company. The sweatband bears their stamp, but not the Stetson mark. The back of the leather shows Stetson’s stamp, Lot 5992, which places the sweatband in somewhere in the early 1920s timeframe. There are signs of stitching from an unreeded sweatband, which would indicate that this early 1920s sweatband is a replacement, and that the hat itself was made prior to WWI.
The felt is in very good shape, as is the sweatband.
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.