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    One of the Regulars redhawks2's Avatar
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    Stephen L. Stetson Hats

    Anyone know the approximate years when Stephen was making hats? I acquired one off Ebay that is an OR clone and even has a paper tag on the inside under the sweatband that says OPENRD and a price of $30.00 I'm trying to date this. The black leather sweatband is too worn to discern if there were any markings that may have said open road.
    Thanks much for any info!

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    Been covered a few times...

    http://www.thefedoralounge.com/showthread.php?t=10094

    From:
    http://www.thefedoralounge.com/showt...t=16412&page=2
    "Stetson, Stephen
    Stephen L. Stetson was a grandnephew of John B. Stetson, and an independent hatter in New York City, during the first half of the 20th century. The John B. Stetson company eventually sued in January of 1934 and made a case for copyright infringement, from which point you see the notice “In no way related to the Stetson Hat Company of Philadelphia" on the company’s label."

    http://www.thefedoralounge.com/showthread.php?t=18666

    http://www.thefedoralounge.com/showthread.php?t=25590

    http://www.thefedoralounge.com/showthread.php?t=31080

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    Thanks for the reply...it looks like the actual dates when Stephen L. Stetson was in business is lost to history. I took my hat out into the bright sunshine and looking with the aid of a magnifying glass, turning it in just the right light, closing one eye and squinting the other, I was able to tell that the sweatband was indeed marked OPEN ROAD but had been worn off smooth over the years. Someone wore this hat a lot!

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    Another Stephen Stetson

    I won this one a couple of months ago. See: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...EOIBSA:US:1123

    It still has the photos up and it appears that the disclaimers were attached and the dark stripes in the middle of the lining appear to have been placed there to cross off some wording in the logo that appears on the liner.

    RHY

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    There is one up on the bay now--for those who have one of the Stephen Stetsons...are you happy with your purchase/winnings?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DougC
    There is one up on the bay now--for those who have one of the Stephen Stetsons...are you happy with your purchase/winnings?
    I had one a few years ago and sold it. It was okay, but the one I had wasn't the quality of my other vintage fedora's of similar age.

    fedoralover

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    Quote Originally Posted by fedoralover
    I had one a few years ago and sold it. It was okay, but the one I had wasn't the quality of my other vintage fedora's of similar age.

    fedoralover
    I can agree with that. I like mine better than new production hats but its not up to the standard of my other vintage hats by any maker. Mine is a fairly stiff one in "british weight" and is pretty dang stiff. I do wear it alot as a knockabout and I like the styling and dimensions of it so I wouldn't discourage the purchase of one.
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    Hmmm...If I can get it cheap, it might be good to have then--just to call it my non-Stetson.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DougC
    There is one up on the bay now--for those who have one of the Stephen Stetsons...are you happy with your purchase/winnings?
    Talking about OPEN auctions is VERBOTEN, just so you know.
    If it ain't old hat, I ain't interested. Tom Collins

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cigarband
    Talking about OPEN auctions is VERBOTEN, just so you know.
    Posting a link to a active ebay auction is against the rules, mentioning that an auction exists is not. I'd hate to see a new member scared to post because of being unsure of the actual rules.
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