Keith Brothers Hats & Caps

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    1903 graphic billhead for Keith Brothers & Co. manufacturers and jobbers of hats, caps, straw goods, gloves and mittens of Chicago Illinois. Left side has a graphic of a lurking Tiger and states that the company is the only seller of the Tiger Hat and sole proprietors of the Celebrated Champion Hat.



    Keith Brothers & Co. – In 1854 Edson Keith settled in Chicago first obtaining employment in a dry goods stores. In 1856, he was a salesman and collector with the firm Benedict, Mallory & Farman, wholesale dealers in hats, caps and furs. In 1860, he started Keith & Faxon – in the hat and cap business. This firm was run by Edson Keith, OR Keith and AE Faxon and is subsequently became Keith, Faxon & Co. In 1865, Faxon retired and Elbridge Keith came into the firm of Keith Bros. In 1883, the firm again changed to Edson Keith & Co. However, Keith Bros & Co. still existed. Edson’s son Walter Woodruff Keith would become a grain trader in Chicago.
     
  2. Joshbru3

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    1898 Keith Brothers #1

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    1898 Keith Brothers #3

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    Note the "Champion" Logo. This is the only ad I have seen that actually has a picture of the Chamption logo made by the Keith Brothers.
     
  3. Joshbru3

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    Late 1890s/Early 1900s Champion Derby (Made by Keith Brothers)

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  4. mayserwegener

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    Amazing / exciting find! The profile front and side profiles are fantastic!
     
  5. Iyor

    Iyor One of the Regulars

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    Great find!

    Interesting to see that style 19 is called a fedora.
     
  6. Dinerman

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    Back when "Fedora" meant a soft felt hat.
     
  7. mayserwegener

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    What would today be called a Homburg. Fedoras and Homburgs were pretty much the same thing in that time period (you also see them called Alpine). Fedora is an American designation and Homburg American / UK.
     
  8. scottyrocks

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    What a beautifully proportioned bowler!
     
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    Dinerman Super Moderator Bartender

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  10. moehawk

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    Adding my beat, battered and slightly moth-eaten "The Tiger Special" to the thread.

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    Not sure of the age, but there's an ad from 1915 in The American Hatter about that patent pending soil-proof leather process. I'll use that as a tentative date, not knowig yet when the patent was no longer pending.
     
  11. alanfgag

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    Additional photos of the hat posted by Dinerman above:

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  12. buler

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    Keith Bros, history.

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  13. What a beauty!
     
  14. buler

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    Maybe your hats came from one of these boxes.....

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  15. Brad Bowers

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    In terms of advertising, the "Tiger Special" only comes up between 1905 and 1921. It doesn't necessarily seem to be a specific model in their Tiger hat line, as there is a Tiger Special Derby on the early side, and soft hats throughout the rest of the range. Perhaps "Special" is more of a quality designation from Keith Bros.

    Brad
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  16. moehawk

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    Thanks, Professor! That helps narrow it down.
     
  17. dh66

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    Just discovered this thread today, thanks to Moe and Alan.

    Here's some pics of one I have. I'm guessing from the stingy brim it's probably from the 60s
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    It doesn't say brothers anywhere, but there is a KB in the logo above where it says Keith, so I'm presuming this is what it is.

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  18. Chepstow

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    Nice Stingy, Dale! Also the ribbon looks fantastic!


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    Thanks Manfred!

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    +1,interesting ribbon.
     
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