1950s National Hatters Fedora

This vintage fedora was made by National Hatters in the early-mid 1950s and was sold at the Hat Box in Butte, Montana. It has a wide ribbon, overwelt brim edge and transitional reeded sweatband. It is a 7-1/4.

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1950s Stetson Whippet

This vintage fedora hat was made by the John B. Stetson company in the mid 1950s. It is their iconic ” Whippet ” model, with a wide bound brim and a broad ribbon band. It has a brown leather sweatband with the dark style of imprint used briefly by Stetson in the mid 1950s. It is made at the “Royal Stetson” grade, and was sold by Silverwoods of Southern California for an original purchase price of $10.

Size: 7-1/8
Brim Width: 2-1/2″
Ribbon Width:1-5/8″
Crown Height: 5-1/2″

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Dobbs Fifteen


This vintage fedora was made by Dobbs in the 1940s. It is made of high quality fur felt, has a tall crown with a center-dent crease and front pinches, a black ribbon and bow and coral colored brim binding. This hat sold at the fifteen dollar price point, which was at the higher end of the pricing spectrum at the time. The hat has a brown leather sweatband and a cream colored lining. The hat was originally sold by Klee Bros. and Co., Chicago, IL.

Size: 7-1/4
Brim Width: 3″
Ribbon Width: 1-5/8″
Crown Height: 5-3/4″

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Lee Leeston Fedora Hat

This vintage fedora was made in the late 1930s or early 1940s by Lee as part of their Leeston line.  It is a lightweight, unlined fur felt, with broad brim binding and a black ribbon.  The hat is creased in a teardrop crown.  Inside, there is an unreeded sweatband, which, as is typical for that type of sweatband of this era, has dropped many stitches.  Please see the photos.  The sweatband leather is stiff.  It was sold by Burt-Easter Haberdashery which had locations on Pennsylvania Avenue and on H. Street in Washington DC.  There is light staining and wear to the felt, staining to the brim binding, and a moth track on the bottom of the brim.
Size: 7-1/8
Brim Width: 2-3/4″
Ribbon Width: 1-3/4″