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"Uncontested - The Champ"

VintageEveryday

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Can anybody help me identify the age of this champ hat? The sweatband was replaced and there's no other info besides the interior size tag. I'd love to know more about it; possibly the model and maybe the year. FB_IMG_1532822207403.jpg FB_IMG_1532822204884.jpg
 

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VintageEveryday

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I’m with Bill.
I must say that’s quite a stunner!
Very very nice contrast and proportions.
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Thanks. As far as I can tell from this thread, it's maybe 1950-1954 ish. The older ones (I was originally hoping it was late 40s) had more colorful linings sans the plastic. But I don't know the model... The label is blank. There's also a small stamp on the interior of the lining: DOW,7 1 2. Obviously that's the size but I don't know what DOW is. This is either a Diplomat, a Captain or a Dash.
 

VintageEveryday

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I just bought this Champ today at an antique shop. Its marked 6 7/8, but fits like a 7. My head is exactly 21 7/8 inches, so an exact 7 or large 6 7/8 would do the trick. The felt is in excellent condition, extreamly soft and pliable. The ribbon has some sweat staining so I might get it replaced by Optimo with a 2 or 2 1/8 inch ribbon of the same color. Based on the very small and even "I" stiching on the sweat band, and the fact that its reeded, I would date the hat to the early 40's, maybe a little before. It has a 2 3/8 inch brim which I find to be a perfect size for me. Ive been stepping away from stingy brims. It seems that lately the smallest brim that I will wear is a 2 inch. Here's some pics:

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That lining looks mid 50s.
 

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I just got the hat, figured there's gotta be a thread on it. I still don't know how to pinpoint it to an exact year though
We’d all like exact year, but generally settle for decade unless some unique identifier like sales slip or Happy Birthday Dear card is included.
Imho you can’t do much better than this one Bill posted. Your’s is right there with it. Imho
Be well. Bowen
 

VintageEveryday

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We’d all like exact year, but generally settle for decade unless some unique identifier like sales slip or Happy Birthday Dear card is included.
Imho you can’t do much better than this one Bill posted. Your’s is right there with it. Imho
Be well. Bowen
If it's late 40s, it's probably very late 40s. Though the original seller says the sweatband is identical to one on here dated to the early 40s. It's the one I commented on earlier and noted the lining looks 50s, because the lining which is the same as mine has a usually 50s era plastic covering. The 40s lining had the logo that was colorful. I don't know...I've seen similar sweats on 50s Champs in this thread
 

VintageEveryday

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I believe the late 40s date is correct .the lining must be a replacement because it a: wasn't stitched in and b: the hat band is darker than the brim trimming. It's faded considerably but noticable in the right light, and was more than likely the same as the one in this 1948 Diplomat ad, so this is more than likely a c.1947-1951 ish Diplomat based on that and the crown shape
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My impressions so far about the Champ Featherweight. All around nice "tough" hat. It holds its shape pretty well. The flange curl at the back of the hat is amazingly resilient. This light blue color is very pleasing to the eye. The brim was heavily creased and wrinkled when it arrived so I brushed it off really well, steamed it, then had to run a steam iron along the rear flange to remove the heavy creases. As it dried the nice curl popped right back into place - minus the creases and wrinkles.

The "KS" felt is quite different than my similar size and weight Stetson Playboy. Both are from about the same time period, I believe, and both weigh in at 2.3 oz. (give or take a fraction). The Champ is more rough feeling and has a very slight stiffness to the felt where the Playboy is smooth, buttery soft, and feels like a much higher quality fur. I believe this Champ is more of an entry level / lower quality hat but it is in amazing shape for it's age and I'm very pleased with it so far.

Just my .2 cents. :D

Photo below of the Champ and Playboy side by side. (Champ on the right)

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My impressions so far about the Champ Featherweight. All around nice "tough" hat. It holds its shape pretty well. The flange curl at the back of the hat is amazingly resilient. This light blue color is very pleasing to the eye. The brim was heavily creased and wrinkled when it arrived so I brushed it off really well, steamed it, then had to run a steam iron along the rear flange to remove the heavy creases. As it dried the nice curl popped right back into place - minus the creases and wrinkles.

The "KS" felt is quite different than my similar size and weight Stetson Playboy. Both are from about the same time period, I believe, and both weigh in at 2.3 oz. (give or take a fraction). The Champ is more rough feeling and has a very slight stiffness to the felt where the Playboy is smooth, buttery soft, and feels like a much higher quality fur. I believe this Champ is more of an entry level / lower quality hat but it is in amazing shape for it's age and I'm very pleased with it so far.

Just my .2 cents. :D

Photo below of the Champ and Playboy side by side. (Champ on the right)

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Champ, by it's very nature, were marketed as affordable, lower priced hats. While their quality and construction are better than today, they were, for the most part, a lower end hat.
 

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