Vintage Stetson Sovereign Fedora Hat Brown Fur Felt Mens Size 7 5/8 XL
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This is a wonderful Stetson dark brown fedora hat made in the “Sovereign” quality. The Sovereign line was a better quality line, equivalent to a 3X Beaver, and more expensive that the Royal and Royal Deluxe. The inventory ticket on the interior sweatband has a price of $85 on it. The lining is stamped “Stetson Sovereign” and the sweatband is gold stamped “John B Stetson The Sovereign Stetson” and with the retailer’s name “Henri Henri Coin Ste Catherine Est et Hotel de Ville Montreal”. Henri Henri is a venerable Montreal men’s hat shop still in business today. The paper label on the sweatband states that it is a size “7 5/8” or 61 cm, which is a size extra large. It measures 24” around the sweatband and 8 3/8” by 7” across the opening. It is in very good condition - a bit of moisture staining to the lining and a tiny crease in the band that just need to be ironed. Difficult to date precisely, but I would think 1960s era, although that price point is quite high - note that the cardboard label with the metric probably means that this was marketed to Canada and the retail price would have been in Canadian dollars.
In any case, this is a very nice quality hat in a classy color - with a lining cleaning, this will be a great hat!