You see, a Stetson was a man’s most beloved possession back in the old days and he usually wore his hat to pieces before he finally bought a new one.Therefore, old Stetsons don’t exist in great numbers because.As a result, Stetson hats are the most well known hats in the world.
These sweat barriers were meant to stop the wearer’s sweat from wicking through to the outside of the hat.
When a hat is worn a lot outside in summer weather, sweat naturally leaks through to the outside and will stain the area where the brim meets the crown.
It was initially invented to be a sort of protective helmet for equestrians over there, but by the time it got to America is was merely an item of fashion.
Derbies were considered a city hat more than a western hat, but regardless of that general conception, the derby was seen throughout the country–the west included–from the moment it came to America’s shores in the mid 1800’s.
Granted, any hat that is still around since before 1900 is a rare piece, but an antique Stetson just has that extra aura about it. The photos of the insides of the hats are not linked to larger photos.) Stetson, The Hat that Made the West Identification key The derby is not really an American hat.
It was actually created in England as the bowler or the Cooke Hat (pronounced koke).
This size 7-1/8 derby is the model that won Stetson a “grand prize” at a 1900 Paris hat manufacturer’s competition. This derby has the brown re-oder tag in it as seen in the last photo above.
It is duly marked with the 1900 prize winner imprint on the sweatband and was originally sold at a store named “Haskell and Jones Company,” of Portland, Maine. Sometime in the early 1910s Stetson changed the color of the re-order tag from brown to orange.
This one is a size 7-1/8 and was sold originally in Sheridan, Wyoming at an outlet of “Stevens – Fryberger Company.” Due to the size of the crown and the fact that the sweatband stitching is an up and down stitch, this hat was likely made in the 1930s.