The Open Road Guild

Discussion in 'Hats' started by John in Covina, Mar 12, 2006.

  1. deadlyhandsome

    deadlyhandsome I'll Lock Up

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    Is this the “auctioneer hat” or was that some other design?


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  2. No, the Auctioneer was made by another company.....many think Resistol.....but I am not sure. At one time I knew but cannot remember. They ARE short brim OR clones. I have two of those...one with the 2" brim the other with a 2 1/4".
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  3. Bamaboots

    Bamaboots I'll Lock Up

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    Auctioneer W Craig Lawing. Mr. Lawing was the 1st President of the North Carolina Auctioneer Association from 1960 - 1969 He was also the 1st inductee of the North Carolina Auctioneer Hall Of fame in 1979. He had a business called Craig Lawing Enterprises - and one of their products were Hats for Auctioneers.
     
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  4. The "Auctioneer" was a model name of hat made by a regular hat company.....it was an OR clone with varied brim widths. I have two but they are special editions for the National Auctioneer Society. I have seen the same hat without the special liner......just cannot remember what hat company it was.:rolleyes:
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    I wonder if your guy sold these.....I would bet he did!;)
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  5. Bamaboots

    Bamaboots I'll Lock Up

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    Liner tip in this Milan is like the liner in those. National Auctioneer Society, made by or for Lawing's company.
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  6. That is cool! Does the sweat have the model name on it too, like the felt model?
     
  7. Bamaboots

    Bamaboots I'll Lock Up

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    Sale pic from the bay. Saw it before it ended and meant to let you know, and the recent posts reminded me. Look under recents.
     
  8. DaveProc

    DaveProc One of the Regulars

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  9. Rmccamey

    Rmccamey One Too Many

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    I just picked up one of those Lawings Milan hats off eBay. While it is an interesting hat, it has a few problems not mentioned by the seller. First, the straw and liner are very, very dry. The straw needed a lot of steam to recover much pliability. The hats must have been in storage for along time, possibly not climate controlled. The sweatband is so dry that it has solidified and "glued" itself to the inside straw. I tried to fold a portion of it back and it has already cracked. No way I can pull the sweatband back without destroying all of it. After some steam to get the straw useful without crunching and cracking, the straw in the brim is very "springy". That is, it holds itself curled much more like a homburg than an OR. If I snap the front down, it goes almost straight down...not very appealing to me. The material is so light that the brim "vibrates" in the wind.

    It is an interesting conversation piece, but I'm not sure if it will see much head time. The jury is still out.

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  10. Cornshucker77

    Cornshucker77 Call Me a Cab

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    A refurbed 1950's Open Road. I replaced the ribbon as it was too stained to reuse. It is Silverbelly color though it appears grey in the photos. The final photo shows it's condition when I purchased it.
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  11. Rmccamey

    Rmccamey One Too Many

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  12. Cornshucker77

    Cornshucker77 Call Me a Cab

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    Thanks Randy. I'm liking this hat very much. It's lightweight, and very comfortable. Glad I came across this one.
     
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  13. DaveProc

    DaveProc One of the Regulars

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    New to me today. I am thinking 1960s. Does not appear to have ever been worn, The felt and sweatband are soft and supple. Other than some light mothing, the hat is pristine!
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  14. Terminator

    Terminator New in Town

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    Hi all, I’m clearly no expert but would love to acquire an OR. The seller says that this one is deadstock 1950s or 1960s but the price on the wholesale tag is throwing me - surely ORs were much cheaper than $107 “back in the day”. Any thoughts? Many thanks
     

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  15. deadlyhandsome

    deadlyhandsome I'll Lock Up

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    This hat was posted here a few weeks back. The attached form was for the dealer/retailer and the pricing is per dozen.

    The size tag configuration does narrow it down to the very end of the 1950s or the very start of the 1960s. Most of the felt Stetson was making at this time was of substandard and ever lessening quality, but still better than what came after it. If you’re after a great felt Open Road you should keep looking. If you want a decent vintage hat and the price is fair this might be alright.


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  16. Terminator

    Terminator New in Town

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  17. Found this solid later 50's entery when out and about Sunday......butter soft felt......aparently at least the liner was cleaned at one time...."Nu-Way" hatters tapes are very interesting......it is a 7 1/4 LO......so goes in the trade pile. Usual silverbelly, with
    5/8 brim.......if only a 7 1/2 LO.:(:rolleyes:;)
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  18. rclark

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    Great find! And my size too!
     
  19. deadlyhandsome

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    Great find! A 7 1/4 won’t last long. Let me
    Know when you’re ready to put the St. Regis in the trade pile ;)


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  20. TheOldFashioned

    TheOldFashioned Practically Family

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    So my boy comes running out of my stepfather's room wearing a hat. I say, "Hey, that's a nice looking hat. Please come here." Lo and behold:
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    It's a bit dirty, faded band looks like maybe another hat was stored on top, no liner, and the sweat is pretty dry so I'm hesitant to look for tags. Belonged to my stepfather's father, but is now a work hat around the house I'm told. I'm going to see if he wants me to steam and reshape it.
     

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