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The Stetson One-Hundred "100"

Discussion in 'Hats' started by tinmanzzz, Nov 2, 2008.

  1. tinmanzzz

    tinmanzzz A-List Customer

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    Well, it’s here and is everything I hoped it would be. The fit is perfect.
    As Gustave Flaubert would say: ‘Le bon Dieu est dans le detail' (God is in the details). If that is true then He must be in this Hat because the attention to detail is beyond compare.
    The felt is fabulous … Firm yet supple at the same time
    Light weight for its size.
    The stitching, the liner and the sweatband are exactly as they should be.
    It has a 5.5” Crown and 3” brim

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    Sometime back, when I acquired the Shady Oak “MARLBROUGH FORTY” http://www.thefedoralounge.com/showthread.php?t=27132
    I knew I was hooked on Western Dress. Well, I figure the Stetson One-Hundred Has to be the King of the Heap, so when I saw this one and in the impossible size of 7 5/8’s I new I had to own it. (Let’s be honest, what are the odds of finding 2 Stetson One-Hundreds in size 7 5/8’s and in Top condition in the foreseeable future?? 500,000 to 1 ??)
    The last 45 sec of the auction cost me an additional $140.00 (thanks Carter & Lefty ;)) http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=280278730080&ssPageName=STRK:MEWN:IT&ih=018

    I know that several members own a One-Hundred and I hope the can tell me a little about it’s history, Years produced or any points of interest about the hat.
    Well, here it is:

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    Any Info on 100's would be helpfull Thanks

     
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  2. bolthead

    bolthead My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    Great Lid, Tin.....I'm sure Dinerman will be chiming in on this thread.....it's one of his favorites. :eusa_clap :D
     
  3. Colby Jack

    Colby Jack Call Me a Cab

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    Tinmanzzz...That is a great look on you!:eusa_clap :eusa_clap :eusa_clap
     
  4. jonbuilder

    jonbuilder Practically Family

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    I was wastching that hat my self, got to say it looks great on you well done
     
  5. Dinerman

    Dinerman Super Moderator Bartender

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    Very nice hat- probably from the late '50s or early '60s, going by the paper label, which I've only seen in '60s hats and later. Because they were so expensive, and such limited production, though, it seems that the older style sweatbands stuck around years after regular production switched to black sweats.



    JimmytheLid's 100, an earlier model 100.
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    Mine was from the '60s, as it has the square size tag and later style liner.

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  6. tinmanzzz

    tinmanzzz A-List Customer

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    Thanks Guys

    Some great photos Dinerman:eusa_clap
    Any idea on how Limited the production was??
     
  7. ideaguy

    ideaguy One Too Many

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    Stetson One Hundred

    Wonderful hat!!!

    I'm lucky enough to own one- and they broke the mold when they made this
    one- absolutely top class-congratulations!! Word of advice: ( 2 words)
    WEAR IT!!
    I got lucky and scored a 7 3/8 LO- pristine-and get looks and questions every
    time I wear it- mostly from non-hat folks- seems like quality crosses all lines.

    Terrific score-thanks for sharing :eusa_clap :eusa_clap :eusa_clap
     
  8. PabloElFlamenco

    PabloElFlamenco Practically Family

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    OK, here's my documented Stetson 100. Above, there are some photo's Dinerman kindly put on record, taken from the eBay listing at the time the hat was sold from the United Kingdom (England). I bought the hat, knowing well it would be 2 sizes too small. So, I sent it to Optimo in Chicago, to have it resized and cleaned. In resizing, the original sweatband, which was in fine shape, needed to be replaced. I of course asked the original be kept, and I keep it inside the hat, behind the "Optimo" sweatband.

    Here's the pictures. The original box (in poor condition), the Optimo box I proudly keep the hat in, and the hat. Note it has got the "round" size tag, and nowhere does it sport the small "Stetson 100" imprint I've seen on other pictures. My UNeducated guess is the hat might be from the 1950's.

    The description of the hat fits previous ones I've read: supple yet firm felt, not nearly as readily "pliable" as the large Nutria hat I have. Whilst I had asked Optimo to bash it in an original late 1940's "cattleman" style (like the early "Open Road" hats; which Optimo did do), I at a later stage changed it to a true fedora shape. It is definitely the best fedora I have, and I regularly wear it, even though the Stetson 20 which I call "Open Road" (which it isn't), I wear almost daily, as I particularly like the "moderate cowboy" attitude of that kind of hat.

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  9. tinmanzzz

    tinmanzzz A-List Customer

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    Looks Great on You...

    At this time, I plan to leave it in the Cattleman Style. I have a O/R royal DeLuxe and a Peters Bro"s O/R "40" that I wear as a Fedora.
     
  10. PabloElFlamenco

    PabloElFlamenco Practically Family

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    Tinman (or is it ZZZ?) I have every measure of appreciation and respect for your preference to maintain the cattleman or OR style. I love that look and I may well at any later time revert my "100" to it. It's just that my "20" is just absolutely beautiful (even if "stiff") and, seen from a distance, there is no possible way to see the difference between a "100" and a "20". My "fedora" 100 is easily the best-looking fedora I have in my portfolio (this portfolio is has more emotional value than anything in the bank lol ), the way the crown to brim ratio is perfect (meaning: high), and knowing well that the bash can be changed "atdnshinc" at will.
    Up to you guys to google "atdnshinc" :eek:fftopic:
    Ya'll have a nice weekend.
    Paul
     
  11. Dinerman

    Dinerman Super Moderator Bartender

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    Tinmanzzz, and all the other 100 owners here, how do you find the sweatband on your hat? Mine felt quite different from those on my other stetsons, slightly thicker (the leather used, not the width of the sweatband itself), more substantial than my regular stetson bands. Also, has anyone seen a 100 with a model name? I know I've seen 7Xs that are also labeled open road, as the 7x was a felt designation, not a model name, which seems to also be the case with the 100s. I remember seeing a short brim, high crown, wide black banded 100 and case on ebay about a year ago, but it looks like I didn't save photos from it. It seems, though, that the majority were western-styled, with the thin ribbons.
    I know currently that there are more high-dollar production westerns than high-dollar production fedoras. Do you think this is the same thing going on, only 50 or 60 years ago?
     
  12. PabloElFlamenco

    PabloElFlamenco Practically Family

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    Dinerman (good day), the original sweatband of my "100" was (and remaining part, is) in excellent condition, superb quality. It is, of course, quite wide -exactly 50 mm, in fact- but not particularly "thick", and it seems to be some kind of quite "dense" leather, "unstretching", not particularly soft, either.
    (In passing, I must thank Optimo for their beautiful, soft, replacement sweatband).
    My "100" does not carry, as far as I can tell, another model name or qualification. I do however have the impression it "must", originally, have been an OR style cattleman, however, this is only hunch, weaned from other threads and pictures, perhaps this is even a mistake, in fact a completely erroneous statement, not being based upon a "scientific" form of analysis.
    I think "western" hats have remained "contemporary" far longer than "city slicker" fedora hats. In saying this, I am presuming the "dress" hat went out between 1961 and 1966. There was an evolution from brim hats to smaller brimmed hats; thereafter...nothing. But in the western states, the rockies, the plains, the "cowboy" hat remained in use, worn even today (or is this my imagination?). When there is a market for western hats, western clothes (and none for "eastern seaboard city" or "dress" hats), it is reasonable to assume that there would be potentially far more buck$ in western hats than in "outmoded" fedoras. Could it be that, in the western states, the hat was one way in which a gentleman could exhibit "his" pride, whereas in the "east", social status was a rather more complex issue, with different rules, "ivy league" as against "country yokels"...???
    Paul
     
  13. Justdog

    Justdog Practically Family

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    Here's the pictures. The original box (in poor condition), the Optimo box I proudly keep the hat in, and the hat. Note it has got the "round" size tag, and nowhere does it sport the small "Stetson 100" imprint I've seen on other pictures. My UNeducated guess is the hat might be from the 1950's.

    The description of the hat fits previous ones I've read: supple yet firm felt, not nearly as readily "pliable" as the large Nutria hat I have. Whilst I had asked Optimo to bash it in an original late 1940's "cattleman" style (like the early "Open Road" hats; which Optimo did do), I at a later stage changed it to a true fedora shape. It is definitely the best fedora I have, and I regularly wear it, even though the Stetson 20 which I call "Open Road" (which it isn't), I wear almost daily, as I particularly like the "moderate cowboy" attitude of that kind of hat.

    Agree with everything you said. I have my Dove grey OR and it is the softest hat I have. The 100 is stiff as it is creased the old way.
     
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    Justdog Practically Family

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  15. tinmanzzz

    tinmanzzz A-List Customer

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    Yes a True 7 5/8's LO

    Real sweet and it suits your face shape. Mine is stiff as well Western bash.
    Pretty much 3 inch brim. Yours is 7 5/8?[/QUOTE]

    First, Thanks to all of you joining in. I believe that the Stetson One-Hundred is without a double one of the best (if not THE Best)American Made Hat ever produced. And due to it's cost, one the hardest to find.
    I belive that the Hat is more of a "Bankers Special" or Western Dress than a Open Road. At a 3" brim it really bigger than the OR's I Know of.

    As far as the Western hat Vs the Fedora, Well, A man in a suit and A Stetson One-Hundred would be welcomed in any Board Room west of the Mississippi and get compliments on his Hat.:)
     
  16. Justdog

    Justdog Practically Family

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    . I believe that the Stetson One-Hundred is without a double one of the best (if not THE Best)American Made Hat ever produced. And due to it's cost, one the hardest to find.
    I belive that the Hat is more of a "Bankers Special" or Western Dress than a Open Road. At a 3" brim it really bigger than the OR's I Know of.

    As far as the Western hat Vs the Fedora, Well, A man in a suit and A Stetson One-Hundred would be welcomed in any Board Room west of the Mississippi and get compliments on his Hat.:)
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    So well stated. My 100 draws me into it:) My ORs seem just a pinch smaller than I like now that I am spoiled.:)
     
  17. Justdog

    Justdog Practically Family

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    Hat tag

     
  18. Justdog

    Justdog Practically Family

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    20 and 100

    Funny because my 20 is soft as can be and the 100 is the stiff cattelman.
     
  19. tinmanzzz

    tinmanzzz A-List Customer

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    Texture

    I think he was referring to the texture of the felt itself. It has a very Luxurious feel to it.:)
     
  20. Justdog

    Justdog Practically Family

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    Yes I see what you mean I should have been refering to the pliability as that sometimes gets me a bit mixed up. My 100 is very soft to feel it but not pliable like the 20 I have . Obviously a huge distinction more easily differentiated by an expert.
     

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