Vintage 1960s Biltmore Trilby Fedora Hat Beaver Blend Fur Felt Canadian 7 1/4
Brand Poppy's Vintage Clothing
This is a vintage 60s era men’s fedora hat made by Biltmore of Canada in a “Trilby” style. Biltmore was founded in 1917 and was Canada’s premier hat maker, rival to Stetson. In fact, after Stetson (Canada) went on a Canadian acquisition binge during the 1960s, Biltmore was able to eliminate its main competitor (Stetson) by buying it in 1970. In 1982, after Biltmore filed bankruptcy, Stetson (USA) bought the assets of Biltmore, before they themselves filed Chapter 11 in 1986. The Biltmore brand was withdrawn from the market from 1982 until 1988, when a group of Canadian investors revived it. Biltmore has always been a quality maker, even producing the Dobbs and Knox brands in Canada.
The hat is made in a caramel brown toned “beaver blend” fur felt. It has a narrow brim that can be worn up or down, as desired. The crown has a faux snakeskin band around its base that is decorated with a buckle and feather at the left side. The top of the lining is stamped with the Biltmore logo and with text that reads “Biltmore The Master Hat of Canada Beaver Blend” It is sized as a 7 1/4 - it measures 22 1/2” around the sweatband and 6 1/2” by 8 1/4” across the opening. The brim measures 1 1/2” in width at the front and the crown measures 5” in height. The hat is in very good condition with the exception of a few light spots on the front brim, easy to clean if you have some felt hat cleaner. This is a nice quality hat in an attractive colour - nice Trilby style!