Vintage Biltmore Fedora Hat Golden Pheasant Velour Stetson Size S M
Brand Poppy's Vintage Clothing
This is a fedora style 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 The Biltmore brand was withdrawn from the market from 1982 until 1988, when a group of Canadian investors revived it.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.
This hat is made in a dark brown velour that Biltmore branded as “Golden Pheasant Velour”. The crown has a matching velour and roped integrated band around its base and has a decorative feather at the left side. The sweatband is gold stamped “Canadian Velour” as well as with “Bovet” - Bovet was a Canadian men’s store chain with a history dating back for more than one hundred years, but closed its doors about 3 years ago. The lining is stamped in gold and red with an illustration of a pheasant and with “Biltmore Golden Pheasant Velour”. The size tag is missing, but it should fit a size 6 7/8 or 7 - it measures 22” around the sweat band and 6 1/4” by 7 3/4” across the opening. The brim measures 1 7/8” in width and the crown measures 5” in height. The hat is in very good condition - pre-owned, but well cared for.
This is a great looking hat - nice quality, striking feather!