Vintage 1960s Biltmore Fedora Hat Beige Long Hair Beaver Fur Stetson 6 7/8
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This is a wonderful men’s 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 The Biltmore brand was withdrawn from the market from 1982 until 1988, when a group of Canadian investors revived it.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 long hair sandy beige coloured fur plush. The brim is turned up at the edge, somewhat like a homburg, but the brim can be tilted down, as desired. The crown has a matching plush interlaced band around its base and is decorated with a feather at the left side. The sweatband is silver stamped “Canadian Beaver”. The retailer’s name “Bovet Montreal” is also silver stamped on the sweatband. The top of the lining is stamped with the Biltmore logo and with text that reads “Biltmore Pure Canadian Beaver” It is sized as a 6 7/8 - it measures 21 1/2” around the sweatband and 6 1/4” by 7 1/2” across the opening. The brim measures 1 7/8” in width at the front and the crown measures 4 3/4” in height. The hat is in very good condition - pre-owned, but well cared for - might benefit from a professional cleaning, but certainly ready to wear as is. This is a fabulous hat - great if it fits!