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Canadian Stetsons

Ivano

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Ivano

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Some of you may know that I am back to the lounge and have been posting on various threads as well as one I started that ended up on the classified section. I do intend to market these eventually but trying to get more info about hats based on the feedback that I am getting. The Stetson above is in a light gray. Never worn. The brim measures 2 and 1/4 inches and the crown 5 and 1/2 inches.There are no other identifiable features or tags. Other than some dust this hat is in excellent condition and appears to never have been worn. I have 5 other Stetsons and will post one a day for you to enjoy. Also not sure if Carole Wolthausen is still around but I messaged her regarding having several hats with the Wolthausen label.
 
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Very interesting hat. I have this atypical size tag on a Stetson Opera hat. The sweatband is integral to the construction and can't be peeked behind for any other clues to manufacture. Nothing else points to a Canadian origin, though I have always thought that the Gibus frame construction might originate from a different factory.

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Ivano

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Based on some reading from the Brockville Museum ( Brockville is south of Ottawa and very near the New York or Vermont border) Stetson bought a factory from the Wolthausen Hat Factory. Amongst other Stetson the museum literature suggests that they made 'fine felt dress hats like the Sovereign or Royal Stetson...and a line called the Playboy.' The museum states that this plant was the first plant outside of Philadelphia where Stetsons were manufactured and were shipped all over Canada and the United States. This plant closed in May 1970. The pics I sent of the feather weight was yesterday's offering but didn't go until early this morning. Below are today's offering: three that are almost identical in color. 2 of the three appear to have never been worn. One with the dark blue lining has some wear on it. It's the one on top in the group shot. Enjoy!
 
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Reviving an old thread. This Canadian Premier Stetson came to me via an auction house in Ontario, CAN. Originally purchased at Affleck's Hat Shop in Winnipeg, this is a wonderful, Wanderer-type fedora that came to me in nearly pristine condition. The hat was manufactured by Stetson at their Wolthausen factory in Brockville, Ontario. Research in this thread shows Stetson purchased Wolthausen in 1935 and the hat factory there closed in 1971. I am not certain on age on this hat, but have a vague sense it's late 40s/early 50s. Also, an interesting box from the Brockville factory.

Specs: 5 1/2" OC, 2 5/8" bound brim, 3/4" ribbon.

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Reviving an old thread. This Canadian Premier Stetson came to me via an auction house in Ontario, CAN. Originally purchased at Affleck's Hat Shop in Winnipeg, this is a wonderful, Wanderer-type fedora that came to me in nearly pristine condition. The hat was manufactured by Stetson at their Wolthausen factory in Brockville, Ontario. Research in this thread shows Stetson purchased Wolthausen in 1935 and the hat factory there closed in 1971. I am not certain on age on this hat, but have a vague sense it's late 40s/early 50s. Also, an interesting box from the Brockville factory.

Specs: 5 1/2" OC, 2 5/8" bound brim, 3/4" ribbon.

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Nice find, Jim.
 

Short Balding Guy

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Reviving an old thread. This Canadian Premier Stetson came to me via an auction house in Ontario, CAN. Originally purchased at Affleck's Hat Shop in Winnipeg, this is a wonderful, Wanderer-type fedora that came to me in nearly pristine condition. The hat was manufactured by Stetson at their Wolthausen factory in Brockville, Ontario. Research in this thread shows Stetson purchased Wolthausen in 1935 and the hat factory there closed in 1971. I am not certain on age on this hat, but have a vague sense it's late 40s/early 50s. Also, an interesting box from the Brockville factory.

Specs: 5 1/2" OC, 2 5/8" bound brim, 3/4" ribbon.

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Congrats. That hat is really a gem!

Eric -
 
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JamesC

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another thing is the crown is 5 1/4 which is soft to the touch and the brim is 2 3/4 but stiff is this normal for Canadian hats? thanks
 
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another thing is the crown is 5 1/4 which is soft to the touch and the brim is 2 3/4 but stiff is this normal for Canadian hats? thanks

I don't think it's terribly unusual for any hat that is meant to be shaped by the wearer. Vintage hats served with open crown are soft, and the brim stiffness can vary. More dressy hats may be softer, more crossover hats (such as an Open Road), seem to have a stiffer brim, especially in the later years, after which the whole thing was made stiff, like they are now.
 

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