OK...so what is your oldest hat?

Discussion in 'Hats' started by Art Fawcett, Jan 4, 2004.

  1. Joao Encarnado

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    Nice one Pa Fig!
     
  2. Monte

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    I just saw a hat just like this boater and it seemed so old compared to mine that I'm starting to think mine isn't quite as old as I thought.
    Any thoughts on the age of my Portis??
    How I found it with ribbon over the top of the original ribbon.
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    Neat weave around sweat to brim.
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  3. g.durand

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    Stetson Stratoliner, ca. 1940. Still looking for that pre'40s hat in my size.

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  4. fedoracentric

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    My oldest is a top hat that I have no idea why I bought. I paid less than $50 for it, but I can't wear it anywhere and even if I could it is a tad too delicate to take much messing with. It isn't falling apart or anything, in fact it is in great, solid shape, but it is just too old to use much.

    Still, it is about as old as hats get that aren't in some museum somewhere!

    Maker: Laville Petit & Crespin, Paris
    Model: Stove Pipe Top Hat sold by Cook And Aldrich, Boston
    Color: Black, Silk
    Ribbon: 3/8, Black
    Crown: 6-1/4 Tall
    Size: 7-1/4
    Sweatband: Leather, 2-1/2 Inches
    Brim Size: 2-1/4 front and back and 2 on sides, Flat, Black Bound Brim
    Date of Manufacture: 1860s

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  5. T Jones

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    Stetson Imperial in Suede Finish. Later 1940s...

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  6. g.durand

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    fedoracentric--I think you bought the top hat because at the time, you succumbed to the urge we have all had, which is you just had to have it!. It does look to be in great shape.

    TJones--that's a beautiful hat.
     
  7. fedoracentric

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    You are 100% right that I just "had to have it."

    Since I bought it I've noticed that few hats of that style and era are in anything near as good a shape as the one I bought, too. So, I feel pretty good about that, anyway.
     
  8. tommyK

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    I've succumbed to this as well. I bought this Derby
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    Not my oldest hat, it's just that it was in like new condition and 7 1/2 long oval, I couldn't help myself. Maybe I'll do a Charlie Chaplin costume for Halloween, otherwise I'll not wear it much.
     
  9. tommyK

    tommyK One Too Many

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    My oldest hat so far
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    Came with box
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    With the help of fellow Loungers splintercells and Alan it seems this hat dates to the twenties, possibly as early as 1915 but likely late 20's according to the lot #
     
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  10. Catherine B

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  11. Catherine B

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    Hello. I am totally new to this site, but have an interest. I have owned a hat for 30 years that belonged to my grandfather. He was born in 1890 and lived to be 101. I believe the hat is roughly 100 years old, but wondered if anyone could tell me more. It is in great shape and I have worn it from time to time. It has been in a hat box for as long as I can remember. It is a Brent - anybody ever heard of it?
     
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  12. Bamaboots

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    Sound interesting. Pics would help. Here is a thread on Brent hats. Perhaps it will help.
    https://www.thefedoralounge.com/threads/brent-hats.11513/
     
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  15. Catherine B

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    Thanks for the input. Sadly, the thread is very old and has little info. I know that this hat came from Montgomery Wards. I have seen some pages on here with similar catalog numbers and thought I might be getting close to knowing about what year he might have bought it. I love this hat!
     
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  16. Frunobulax

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    A few more photos would help. Any size tags or sweatband imprints? The more photos, the more information we have to attempt an age assessment.

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  17. Catherine B

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    Still working on it. I may be going too fast. It keeps telling me my files are too large, but then posts one anyway.
     
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  18. The “Brent” name was first used by M-W in 1937, but not trademarked until 1965. That gives you a start date anyway.
     
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  19. Now that the thread has been bumped ... this is my oldest. Circa 1929.

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