I'll Lock Up
- Central Texas
Today I want to share with you one of the last hats I have found: a wonderful G.B. Borsalino fu Lazzaro in black, in a preservation state which is like new. I am going to show it only with the crown open because I think this has a particularly interesting shape. Really full and somehow flat crown.
Love also the shape of the ribbon aside.
The size is a medium 5 1/2 French Punti (58cm) and the model name (as reported on the interior label) is BUSTO which is a model I had never seen before.
I think it has been worn not more than ten times by the original owner.
The other very interesting feature is the little blue label "CONTROLLO" coming out internally from the sweatband which is obviously a quality supervision certificate. Never seen before on another Fu Lazzaro hat.
The other particular thing is about the shop: "Oreste Rollo" was a very big and very important hat shop in the heart of the city centre of Brindisi, southern Italy. Rollo was a very very important hat trader in the first years of 1900 and he and his brother also had a hat shop in Hong Kong.
About the production era, I would say mid-1930s, because the Fu Lazzaro trade mark version should be the last used before the factory was absorbed by the Antica Casa.
Hoping that you all are going to like it, please add some corrections if I made some mistake or whatever, since I am always pleased for it!
You picked up a very nice sample, indeed. Hope to see some head shots soon.