The Elusive Portis ...

Discussion in 'Hats' started by Baron Kurtz, Dec 10, 2006.

  1. ... elusive no more. I found one. And, Oh, boy what a hat!!! And a decent story.

    I went into my friendly local antiques store (just around the corner from my house) and was in to ask the dame that runs it if i could borrow a mannequin to photograph some suits i'm selling. She obliged.

    I saw a thin ribbon hat and found that it was a Resistol Open Road clone in great condition. Was about to buy it (even though it's a 7 1/8) when she said: "Oh, i just put out another man's hat" Where? i said? She pointed over, and i saw this hat box:

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    Panorama (of sorts)
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    Lid detail: PORTIS Typically American
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    I would have bought it just for the box alone. But the hat proved to be amazingly unique.

    bk
     
  2. Drooling (methinks she was a little worried) i asked:

    "Is the hat inside a Portis?"

    "Yeah, i think so", says she.

    Little did i know that what i was about to fine would blow my socks off.

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    A 10 dollar hat. Pretty expensive for Portis back in the day.

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    bk
     
  3. Oh yes, the hat.

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    The colour is accurate. No trickery with photoshop. This hat is a rich PEACH PINK. The bottom pic is the most accurate. I didn't even know they made hats in Peach Pink. And it's a size 7 and fits nicely on my noggin. 0.75" ribbon and thin silk edge binding, also has a wind string. The brim is 2 3/4" and the crown stands 4 1/2" in front and 5" on the sides. It seems to like being in a centre dent bash, like most of my 30s hats ... And it's been well stored. So very little damage, a little dusty on the underside of the brim.

    Chaps, if you can't find good hats cheaply on the coasts any more, come to the midwest. This place is brimming (he he) with 'em.

    bk
     
  4. J.B.

    J.B. Practically Family

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    ¬°Ay Carumba!

    All I can say is WOW! :)
     
  5. A little too close to my complexion, perhaps.

    maybe i can start a pimping sideline?

    bk

    p.s. If anyone wants that Resistol open road clone it's sitting there for $18. I'll go pick it up for you. 7 1/8 no damage that i could see. Cattleman bash.
     
  6. J.B.

    J.B. Practically Family

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    nah. The color just adds that tiny little 'esoteric' touch to make the hat more interesting!
     
  7. deanglen

    deanglen My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    The only gripe: peach pink, otherwise a terrific find and it reminds me of one of those stories like the guy who finds the '64 Mustang in the garage of an old lady who only drove it one day a week and figures $500 is a reasonable price for a 42 year old car, and she's glad to get rid of it, needs the space.

    dean
     
  8. RBH

    RBH Bartender

    W O W !

    thats a cool hat!
     
  9. Feraud

    Feraud Bartender

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    Gripe? That is a plus to me!! We see plenty of the browns and grays but something like this is wonderful.
    Congrats Baron Kurtz, wear that hat well.
     
  10. My sentiments exactly! Wow! Portis was a great hat company too bad they went the way of the Dodo. I always said they were great if you can find them in your size. You cheated---your head size is easier to find then mine. :eusa_doh: :p
    Great find with the original box. :eusa_clap

    Regards,

    J
     
  11. The Duke

    The Duke One of the Regulars

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    What a find! :eusa_clap
     
  12. feltfan

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    Dreamy hat, great color. Nice find.

    Thanks for showing it.

    What are those guys smoking on the box?
     
  13. Beaver fur. :p
     
  14. art92101

    art92101 One of the Regulars

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    That Portis is FANTASTIC!!!!

    That is one beauty of a hat!
     
  15. deanglen

    deanglen My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    Baron, please forgive my crass lack of sophistication in looking askance at the color of the hat, it was a petty objection from one whose tastes in hats is admittedly pedestrian. I withdraw the critique and offer simply an approval of a great vintage find. My objection to the color was not a rejection of the hat as a fine hat, but I initially felt the color would limit the wearing of it with one's wardrobe; the grey and brown hats have a greater flexibility. I should have been ckearer on that point.

    dean
     
  16. DOUGLAS

    DOUGLAS My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    Damn, Some people have all the luck. That is a truly superb Portis BK. I love mine but man, did you find the hat !!!! Congrats, a great find. Did you buy the Resistol Too?
     
  17. It'sapeach!

    That is superb, and color wise pretty unique. What do you figure to pair it with dress clothes wise?
     
  18. moustache

    moustache Practically Family

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    Very good ol fish!!

    WHat a delightful lid ol chap!!!Splendid colour if i may say!

    JD
     
  19. J.B.

    J.B. Practically Family

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    Man, that color is Slick -- with a capital Wah-Heu!!

    ...I'd put on a ol' '50's black Nat Nast bowling shirt -- or a repro :p -- and flop that Portis on my noggin, then strut on down the boulevard singin' "When It's Cherry-Pickin' Time In Apple Valley, We'll Be A PEACH of a Pair...

    ...Blues!"

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  20. canucklehead

    canucklehead New in Town

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    Wow. I'm assuming that a Portis is an excellent find in and of itself, and the peach colour just adds to the "Woo-hoo!" factor.

    Peach. Who'da thunk?

    I agree that it's great to find something other than the standard brown/grey. Kudos on an awesome find. I've definitely got to get down to the vintage shops 'round here to see what I can scare up.


    -Mike
     

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