Vintage 1950s Trilby Narrow Brim Fedora Rideau by Biltmore Brown Fur Felt 7 1/8

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This is a vintage late 50s or early 60s era men’s trilby or narrow brim 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  The Biltmore brand was withdrawn from the market from 1982 until 1988, when a group of Canadian investors revived it.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 brown fur felt in a tone more towards red than yellow, really an attractive colour.  It has a narrow width brim that can be worn up or down, as desired.  The crown has a black grosgrain band around its base that is decorated with a bow and feather at the left side.  The top of the lining is stamped with horses holding a shield logo and with text that reads “Rideau by Biltmore Made in Canada”  The sweatband is not stamped.  It  is sized as a 7 1/8 - it measures 22 1/4” around the sweatband and 6 1/2” by 8” across the opening.  The brim measures 1 5/8” in width at the front and the crown measures 4 3/4” in height.  The hat is in very good condition with the exception of minor surface cracking/waviness to the sweatband, really negligible - this hat is clean and ready to wear.  This is a nice quality hat in a very attractive brown tone - sure to be noticed!