Biltmore Mens Fedora Tan Brown Fur Felt Made in Canada Large 7 3/8
Brand Poppy's Vintage Clothing
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This is a nice quality pre-owned fedora 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 (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 The Biltmore brand was withdrawn from the market from 1982 until 1988, when a group of Canadian investors revived it.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 tan brown fur felt in a medium tone, really an attractive colour. It has a 2” width brim that can be worn up or down, as desired. The crown has a copper toned grosgrain band around its base that is decorated with a bow r at the left side. The top of the lining is gold stamped with the Biltmore coat-of-arms with text that reads “Biltmore Made in Canada” The sweatband is not stamped and is made of cloth. It is sized as a “Large/Grand” - it measures 23” around the sweatband and 7” by 8 1/8” across the opening, so it should fit a 7 3/8. The brim measures 2” in width at the front and the crown measures 4 7/8” in height. The hat is in very good condition with no pronounced wear or soiling - with a proper cleaning, this would look great, but it is certainly ready to wear. The backside of the size tag has a date of March 2007 on it. This is a nice quality hat with soft, pliable fur felt, in a very attractive brown tone - sure to be noticed!