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Vintage 1960s Biltmore Panda Trilby Fedora Hat Grey Plush Finish Fur Felt Size 7


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This is a wonderful trilby style fedora hat made by Biltmore of Canada, probably during the 1960s.  The hat is called “Panda” by Biltmore and made in a quasi-derby rounded shape, but with a centre crease, so still a trilby, but with no pinched crown.  It is made in a plush finished grey fur felt.  The base of the crown has a matching band with decorative stitching and a red feather at the left side.  The lining is printed with “Biltmore Panda Master Hatter Made in Canada”.  The gold foil size tag reads 7 - it measures 22” around the sweatband and 7 3/4” by 6 1/2” across the opening.  The brim measures 1 3/4” in width at the front and back, 1 1/2” at the sides, and the crown measures 5” in height.  The hat is in very good condition with no signs of wear or soiling.  This is a very nice quality hat in an attractive colour and plush finish - sure to be noticed! 

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  The Biltmore brand was withdrawn from the market from 1982 until 1988, when a group of Canadian investors revived it.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.