Vintage Biltmore Velurin Fedora Hat Brown Velour Fur Felt Stetson Size 7 1/8
Brand Poppy's Vintage Clothing
This is a wonderful fedora style hat made by Biltmore of Canada. 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 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 The Biltmore brand was withdrawn from the market from 1982 until 1988, when a group of Canadian investors revived it.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 velour finished fur felt in a yellowish brown colour. The brim is turned up at the edge and finished with stitching The crown has a brown roped band around its base. The sweatband is gold stamped “Velurin” and the lining is printed with “Biltmore Velurin Made in Canada”. It is sized as a 7 1/8 - it measures 22 1/4” around the sweat band and 8” by 6 3/8” across the opening. The brim measures 1 5/8” in width and the crown measures 5” in height. The hat is in very good condition with the exception of some light moisture stains to the lining (see last close-up photo). This is a nice quality hat in a nice finish and interesting colour - sure to be noticed!