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Discussion in 'Hats' started by ScottF, May 19, 2010.

  1. ScottF

    ScottF Call Me a Cab

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    I have now collected hat pictures of six Stetsons with "The Fray" sweatbands: two No.1's, one 1X Nutria, one Boss Raw Edge, and two generic Stetsons. The styles have also varied: one Spanish-American War campaign hat, one black fedora, a black Boss of the Plains, and three black western pencil curls.

    If I remember correctly, wasn't there also a non-Stetson "The Fray" posted on the lounge?

    Please post your Fray hats...don't be Fray-dee Cats. Since my pics are pretty weak, and not on a server, I'll just post this composite of all six Fray sweatbands, and wait for the owners to post the rest of the pics:

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  4. ScottF

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    I knew I could count on you two to jump into the Fray! :p

    Here's a link to Dinerman's fray: Black Stetson fedora with "The Fray' Sweatband


    Robert provided the following in the "pre-1940 Stetson Dress" thread: "The Fray might refer to:bio: Fray, William F. (1844-)
    - mfr, vp of J B Stetson Co, there from 1866" ...and the possible patent:

    patent for new leather sweatband

    It's real tough to date No. 1's because no one took pictures of the insides of their hats back then, and you don't see anything from Stetson other than drawings of that logo. But...the Spanish-American War No. 1 "Fray" had solid provenance behind it, dating it to the late 1890's. That hat's Stetson logo was vertical without the gold embossing, and other characteristics of the sweatband indicated it was one of the oldest No.1's ('v' stitching, small round size tag, taped sweat). That hat might be our best indicator of the short lifetime of "The Fray".
     
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  5. ScottF

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    Black Boss of the Plains

    I think we've seen 8-9 of these now, so post up.

    I'll start with this one:

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  6. ScottF

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    Navy Blue Fray

    Here's an odd-labeled 'Fray' - dark navy blue with overwelt:

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  7. buler

    buler My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    Boss Raw Edge

    I'll jump into the fray...

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  13. DOUGLAS

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    That last one Dman is fantastic.
     
  14. fluteplayer07

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    And in my size too!

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  15. rlk

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    Clear Nutria child hat

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  16. alanfgag

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    1X Nutria/ the fray

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    nice
     
  18. Lefty

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  19. HatsEnough

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    I am a-fray'd I don't have one of these. Now I am looking.
     
  20. feltfan

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    The Fray logo seems to claim a Jan 1st 1878 patent date, but does not carry the patent number. Has anyone looked up the patent?
     
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