Vintage 1960s Biltmore Fedora Hat Grey Long Hair Plush Beaver Fur Stetson 7 1/8
Brand Poppy's Vintage Clothing
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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 The Biltmore brand was withdrawn from the market from 1982 until 1988, when a group of Canadian investors revived it.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 grey 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 red feather at the left side. The sweatband is gold stamped “Canadian Beaver De Luxe Finish”. The retailer’s name “Bovet Montreal” is also gold stamped on the sweatband. The top of the lining is stamped with the Biltmore logo and with text that reads “Biltmore The Master Hat of Canada Canadian Beaver DeLuxe Finish” It is sized as a 7 1/8 - it measures 22 1/4” around the sweatband and 6 3/4” by 8” across the opening. The brim measures 1 7/8” in width at the front and the crown measures 5” in height. The hat is in very good condition - pre-owned, but very clean and well cared for over the years. This is a fabulous hat - excellent quality!