Vintage German Fur Felt Fedora Ischler Hat Hand Made by Bittner Size Medium
Brand Poppy's Vintage Clothing
This is a wonderful vintage mens “Ischler Hat” hand made in Germany by Bittner - there is no mention of Bittner on the label but it appears that they are the makers of this type of hat since 1862. The hat is made in a wide brim style with classic pinched crown. The crown is decorated around its base with a wide muted green toned grosgrain band and a large feather that wraps around the back of the crown. The brim is edged in grosgrain fabric. The labels read “Made in Austria 100% Furfelt” and “Seit 1862 Original Ischler Hut Reine Handarbeit”. The crown measures 5” in height and the brim has a width of 2 1/2”. The cardboard ticket inserted into the sweatband identifies the model as “Kitzeck”, the quality as “SPD” and the size as “58”. A 58 cm sizing would normally to equivalent to a US size 7 1/4, however, I’m getting a measurement of 22 1/2” or 57 cm around the sweatband, which would be more like a size 7 1/8, which I think is a more accurate sizing. The hat is in very good condition with no pronounced wear - this hat has been well cared for over the years..
The fur on this has a velour finish and is very soft - being hand made, there was a lot of attention put into this quality hat!