Thanks for posting that, Robert!
How nice to have a date stamp! I haven't found anything on or under the leather band that can be clearly decoded to date my two hats. I am quite certain that both are older than I am, which is a novel and enjoyable experience these days!
I did also purchase recently two new Borsalino hats - an unlined crushable model and a Como - both in taupe. They are interesting to compare. The felt on both the new hats is softer and thicker, but the feel still speaks of quality. The inside craftsmanship cannot begin to compare with the vintage hats - a different animal altogether (as has been covered in many posts on this thread and elsewhere.) It is quite wonderful that many fine vintage hats with much of their life left in them remain available... a side benefit of the fedora's decline in popularity over the past 7 decades.
One thing that I find amazing in these Borsalinos both old and new is the weight... so light! They range from just over 2 ounces for the Balbi featherweight to about 3.5 ounces for the modern Como. All are much lighter than anything else I have in my closet... guess I'll save those heavyweights for the gusty days.
new Borsalino Como:
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