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...I found another as mentioned in another post... it’s stamped open road and Stetson but it’s a akubra and I’m not sure much about it except the images are posted. Pm me if you know some history for it thanks
There was a time when Akubra was licensed by Stetson to make the Open Road for the Australian market; that could explain why the hat is a Stetson and an Akubra. FYI, after that association ended Akubra continued to make the Open Road, but they named their version the Campdraft.
 
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View attachment 153079 View attachment 153089 View attachment 153080 View attachment 153081 View attachment 153082 View attachment 153083 View attachment 153084 Ok so here goes.. I am a bit rusty as to where I’m really suppose to show my new acquisition, but I hope this will be a kewl story

So I want to start working again outside in the Phoenix sun and I’m not comfortable with large brims even though they are pretty much the smart move here in this city

I found a great hat. Craigslist no less right? Turns out this hat was this mans fathers hat. Although I traveled about 15 miles I actually paid almost nothing for it
(15.00)

So here’s the hat and what I found out from Az-Tex hats... I’ve been there many times since the mid ‘90’s and it owned by the same family for generations

1.hat was Sold at Diamonds here in Phoenix Az turn out they were bought out by Dillard’s in late 1960’s

2. The headband inside actually has its own “liner” which I was told they don’t do for a while and haven’t for a while

3. The Stetson horse and rider are embroidered

4. The price tag and the model number and name of store are still in the hat
For 20.00 back then!

5. Block tag is still intact

6. I’m not sure why but no open road stamp but the crown is almost 5” and the brim is almost 3” but it quite probably 2 7/8th

7. No wind trolley but Etsy has them if you look... ok it’s not silverbelly trolly but olive and I like the contrast

8. There is a stamped number in the band identified to the re-order number

So that’s about the only provenance I have of the history ...diamonds and the sales tag but unfortunately not receipt.

This is my best find yet still looking
I found another as mentioned in another post... it’s stamped open road and Stetson but it’s a akubra and I’m not sure much about it except the images are posted. Pm me if you know some history for it thanks
How is it an Akubra? I only see Stetson markings and tags. Also, the three-ply ribbon makes it not an Open Road. Great looking hat, in any case.

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Frunobax: if you look at the steteson stamping on the headband you’ll see the register mark and the akubra marking under that stamped on the band and you can see the akubra tag and booklet... yes I relize the booklet doesn’t make it an akubra but the sales tag that on it may give it some credibility however the stamping on the headband would give that conclusion to be an akubra
 
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View attachment 153079 View attachment 153089 View attachment 153080 View attachment 153081 View attachment 153082 View attachment 153083 View attachment 153084 Ok so here goes.. I am a bit rusty as to where I’m really suppose to show my new acquisition, but I hope this will be a kewl story

So I want to start working again outside in the Phoenix sun and I’m not comfortable with large brims even though they are pretty much the smart move here in this city

I found a great hat. Craigslist no less right? Turns out this hat was this mans fathers hat. Although I traveled about 15 miles I actually paid almost nothing for it
(15.00)

So here’s the hat and what I found out from Az-Tex hats... I’ve been there many times since the mid ‘90’s and it owned by the same family for generations

1.hat was Sold at Diamonds here in Phoenix Az turn out they were bought out by Dillard’s in late 1960’s

2. The headband inside actually has its own “liner” which I was told they don’t do for a while and haven’t for a while

3. The Stetson horse and rider are embroidered

4. The price tag and the model number and name of store are still in the hat
For 20.00 back then!

5. Block tag is still intact

6. I’m not sure why but no open road stamp but the crown is almost 5” and the brim is almost 3” but it quite probably 2 7/8th

7. No wind trolley but Etsy has them if you look... ok it’s not silverbelly trolly but olive and I like the contrast

8. There is a stamped number in the band identified to the re-order number

So that’s about the only provenance I have of the history ...diamonds and the sales tag but unfortunately not receipt.

This is my best find yet still looking
I found another as mentioned in another post... it’s stamped open road and Stetson but it’s a akubra and I’m not sure much about it except the images are posted. Pm me if you know some history for it thanks
Sanford, the fact that this hat is not stamped Open Road doesn't really mean much. It obviously has all the specs of an OR (block, bound edge brim, etc). There are examples of many such hats made on 3x5" & 3x6" bodies with all the specs that are not marked as Open Roads. You will find spirited debates in various threads as to whether they should be called OR's or not. I'll post a pic of one of mine below.

The 2nd hat with the telescope crease is definitely an Akubra OR, but based on your pics of this first hat I would have to agree with Fruno; I'm not seeing anything to indicate it was made by Akubra instead of Stetson.

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You’ve seen this Hat on another Head!

Bill Hughes sells a hat

January, 2019

TEXAS – In a moment of weakness, noted Hatologist Bill Hughes sold a prized Stetson One Hundred to hat aficionado Randy McCamey. “I was shocked,” says McCamey, “I mentioned something about having a rare One Hundred of my own and, out of the blue and completely unexpected, he offered me one of his vintage pieces. I still don’t know what to say. It was such a wonderful experience meeting Bill and his wife and now owning a piece of history”. The sand colored One Hundred is even more special as it has been given a bit of professional “TLC” by none other than hat master Art Fawcett of Vintage Silhouettes Custom Hats fame. “Art gave this hat a custom ribbon treatment that makes it truly one of a kind” says McCamey. Be assured that this One Hundred will be on McCamey’s head for years to come!


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Rmccamey

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Lucky Hat Aficionado gets Two “Keepers” the same Week!

First a One Hundred, now a Stratoliner

January, 2019

TEXAS – “It is my lucky week.” says hat aficionado Randy McCamey, “First, I get a Stetson One Hundred and then I happen upon a seller who wants to move a vintage Stetson Stratoliner! I guess some of Dr. Max’s good luck is rubbing off on me.” The gray Strat came with a center crease only and no other evidence of having been creased or worn in the past. The Gold Medal Royal Stetson Stratoliner was originally sold by C. C. Bradley of Portland, OR. Unlike many vintage hats, dating this one was easy for McCamey. “Stamped on the back of the sweatband is Dec 16, 1957. That is only a month before I was born!” Good luck with your new “keepers” Mr. McCamey. We look forward to seeing them on your head often.


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View attachment 153100 View attachment 153101 View attachment 153099 Frunobax: if you look at the steteson stamping on the headband you’ll see the register mark and the akubra marking under that stamped on the band and you can see the akubra tag and booklet... yes I relize the booklet doesn’t make it an akubra but the sales tag that on it may give it some credibility however the stamping on the headband would give that conclusion to be an akubra
Indeed. Didn't see that in the previous pics. Like Jack sez, a rare bird in the US.

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Another confession:

I bought a Demon Hanover for the liner, because moths had a field day with the felt. When Juan Carlos brought it over it was even worse than in the seller's pictures. I had never seen moth holes that went all the way through before, but now I've seen plenty.

Anyway, the liner was everything that I had hoped, and the hat was inexpensive, so it was still a good buy, but I couldn't bear to look at it in that moth hole inferno, so I took it off and asked Ignacio to put it on an unlined Tress hat.

I like both the hat and the liner that way.

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RomanImperator

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Mallory Ten Pliafelt with an interesting reverse bound edge treatment. OPS tag puts it between 51 and 53.

This Pliafelt is the greatest felt I've ever handled, even moreso than say my OPS Strat. It's very stiff yet creases like clay. The best word I can come up with is it's extremely "crisp."
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Embroidered liner:
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