3X Stetson Open Road RENSH

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This hat was made by the John B. Stetson Company.  It is their iconic Open Road style, with a thin ribbon, narrow binding and a fedora flanged brim. This one is a 3X Beaver quality, likely made in the 1950s, then renovated by Shudde Bros in the 1960s (it is stamped RENSH) at which point it received a new Stetson authorized sweatband, without the Open Road stamp. It has a wind string, is a 7-5/8 Long Oval and has a 2-3/4″ brim.

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1960s Friedl’s Stockman cowboy hat

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This vintage hat was made in the 1960s for Friedl’s of Thermopolis, Wyoming under the Stockman Western label from fur felt. It is a 7-1/2.

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Resistol Double X cowboy hat

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This vintage hat was made by Resistol in the 1950s. It is rare to come across these early Resistol westerns, and rare to find cowboy hats like this with a bound brim. As you can see from the fade line, it originally had a mid-with ribbon, much wider than usually found on westerns of this era. It has the early Resistol Western liner (Before westerns became Resistol’s bread and butter) and a brown leather sweatband. It was originally sold by Wolf Brothers of Omaha, Nebraska. It is a size 7-1/4.

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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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Portis 15 cowboy hat

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This hat was made in the 1950s by Portis.  It sold new in the 1950s for $15, which bought a high quality hat at the time.  It is marked 2X beaver, but the X system is meaningless, as it varies manufacturer to manufacturer and year to year- that is to say, a vintage 2X by one manufacturer could be the same quality as a vintage 5X by a different manufacturer as a 30X by a modern manufacturer.  It has Portis’s Swans Down finish.  It has a high quality leather sweatband with a backing membrane to stop perspiration from staining the felt.  It has a relatively low crown, which is creased in a fedora style diamond crease.  It has a three cord ribbon with a fancy bow.  Very nicely done trimming on this one.Size: 7-1/8Brim Width: 3-1/4″Crown Height: 5-1/4″Ribbon Width: 3/8″
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