Been there, done that. This hat dates to before the Lot Numbers rolled over, in my opinion. Here's a pic of a Boss of Plains documented/inscribed with a 1907 date and Lot Number in the 700's (I.e. after the rollover). This hat is basically a twin of my hat. I believe my hat is a little older than the 1907 hat. The photo of the tags from the 1907 hat appear to show the same Block Number and Depth as the tag on my hat.How do you figure? Check the lot # page. There are a number of hats there with much lower numbers not dated that early including a No. 1 of mine with Lot # 13XX.
As I said before, I spent months looking at every angle I could think of to date this hat properly. I didn't just make a conclusion in 15 seconds. Mentioning it on Waiting For was not intended to be an in-depth discussion.But it does seem to. That's your lead in on every hat purchase. I'm with you, the older the better. Love Fray sweats and there are early hats out there that "may" indicate there was a rollover in the lot numbers but I've not read anything beyond speculation. So yeah, I'll leave it.
It’s like me saying this No. 1 that I’m wearing right now with a Lot # of 6XXX is older than the hat you just bought w/o anything to support that other than the number.
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Yes I did say I had spent months dating that hat, meaning the Boss of Plains. You've lost me talking about Number 1 hat. The Plains hat is Clear Nutria. You're not making any sense.You didn’t say that before, you said what you believed.
It’s obvious your hat is an old one but the No. 1 Quality is also the most common of the old western style Stetson’s out there. So, when you put such a date on a hat, making it one of the earliest seen around here, you’re probably goingto be asked about it.
Postscript - Got the Austral, but the Lot Number isn't 8877, it's 6877, so ignore the early 1900's date I'd estimated. It's actually about 1934.Stetson Austral Clear Nutria, also called a "Boss of the Plains" style hat with Lot Number 8877, which I'm estimating dates hat to about 1900. Spent couple of months discussing sale and trying to estimate a date on this hat. When it arrives, will post on Boss of the Plains? thread. Has Block 684 and 4 1/2 depth. This hat is actually called an Austral model, per info on pg 6, message #116 of the Stetson Block Profile Numbers thread, and other data.
I’m really confused now.Postscript - Got the Austral, but the Lot Number isn't 8877, it's 6877, so ignore the early 1900's date I'd estimated.
Thank youBased on a documented 1907 Stetson Austral with a Lot Number in the 700's, I estimate the rollover happened about 1903-4. When I thought my hat was Lot # 8877, that would have been a number from before the rollover. Now that I know the real number is 6877, I can just look at the hat and know it's not from before the rollover because a 6000 number would put it back in the 1880's or so and I can just look at my hat and know it's not that old. So it's actually about a 1934 hat, because another hat that's only 1 Lot Number away has an NRA tag from that period.