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Men's Late Victorian Derby Bowler Vintage Hat SZ 7 3/8

These older derbies are hard to date - the style lasted so long! This men's bowler or derby has a curled brim and high but flat top. The ribbon band is wide with a large bow with metal slide at the left side back - not the side or back, but about halfway between. The brim is ribbon edged. This is a very firm hat. There is a reed at the crown and a wide brown leather embossed sweat band. The sweat band is glued together at the back, not stitched, which is an indicator of age, as is the small round size tag and the extent and quality of the texture and embossing on the sweatband. This company was founded by Joseph L. Hudson in 1881 and eventually was folded into Dayton-Hudson, then Target, and finally, Macy's.

Labels: The LJ Hudson Co Detroit Michigan Arbiter of Fashion in the crown and on the sweatband, and under the band:  The J.L. Hudson Store Detroit, Hudson's Big Store and The United Hatters Union Made.

Size: Labeled a 7 3/8. Crown: 23.25", Height: 5.5", Brim: 2".

Condition: the exterior of the hat is very good, with the wear showing on the edges of the brim and the hat band is loose on the interior with some glue residue showing. Please see photos.

Price: $125 
Order #H935
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Vintage 1940s Grey Imperial Stetson Fedora SZ 7

What a classy hat. This grey fedora has a mode edge, black hat band, button trolley and a great high shape. My understanding is that in terms of quality, Imperial was toward the top of the Stetson line, just below Premier. This one has a brown leather sweatband, embossed in gold. The liner is clean and has a plastic tip liner.

Labels: Imperial Stetson Mode Edge and Styled for Louis Appel Co., Inc. Louisville

Size: Labeled a 7. Crown: 21.75", Height of Crown: 4.5-5", Brim width: 2 5/8",

Condition: Excellent. No moth bites or stains, well cared for.

Price: $115 

Order #H934
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Vintage 1940s Imperial Stetson Men's Panama Hat SZ 7

Another classy hat. This fedora style genuine panama has a great shape. The hat band is a printed and pleated crepe. My understanding is that in terms of quality, Imperial was toward the top of the Stetson line, just below Premier. This one has a brown leather sweatband, embossed in gold. No liner, as befits a summer panama.  And we have the original box.

Labels: Imperial Stetson Genuine Panama, for Louis Appel Co., Inc. Louisville and owner's initials of PPA.

Size: Labeled a 7. Crown: 21.5", Height of Crown: 4.75", Brim width: 2 7/8",

Condition: Excellent. No holes, no stains, no breaks. Well cared for.

Price: $145 
Order #H937
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Vintage 1950s Grey Dobbs Men's Fedora Hat SZ 7

Another fine lid, this one a grey fedora by Dobbs. There's the wide grosgrain hat band, a brown leather sweat band and a nice clean liner with an oilskin tip.

Label: Dobbs Fifth Ave. New York and stamped Guild Edge. PPA for the owner's initials.

Size: Labeled a 7. Crown: 21 7/8", Height of Crown: 4 3/4", Brim width: 2 3/8".

Condition: Excellent. No moth bites or stains, well cared for.

Price: $45 
Order #H936
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Vintage Men's Early 1950s Tan Dobbs Fedora Hat SZ 7

I love this style fedora with the high crown and wide brim. This could be late 40s, but I am thinking early 50s.  Wonderful wide hatband and coordinating ribbon edge really set it off.  This is labeled a Fifteen, which means a $15 hat at a time when that was a pricey, higher quality hat.  
Lining has an oilskin tip liner.
 
Label: Dobbs Fifth Ave. New York Fifteen and Levy Bros. Market at Third Louisville.

Size: Labeled a 7. Crown: 22", Height of Crown: 4 7/8", Brim width 2 5/8".

Condition: Excellent but for a small stain on the hat band as shown.

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Order #H941
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Vintage Early 1960s Olive Green Straw Resistol Stingy Brim Hat SZ 7 1/8

Snappy Hat! This stingy snap brim straw by Resistol is from the 1960s. The wide ribbon hatband is striped in olive, white, black and tans, while the edge is bound in matching olive ribbon. The sweatband is brown leather. The crown is unlined except for the tip.

Labels: Resistol Self Conforming and Stanifer's Richmond, KY.

Size: Labeled a 7 1/8. Crown: 22.5", Height of Crown: 4/75", Brim width: 1 7/8".

Condition: Excellent, but for some spotting on the sweat band as shown.

Price: $35 
Order #M940
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Early 1950s Vintage Grey Gab Suit with Patch Pockets 
SZ 40

This cool pale grey summer suit has the cool hand of rayon. The lapels are moderate width, and there is a 2-button front with 3 patch pockets. This jacket has a nice long line with a CB vent. The pants have a single pleat, Hollywood waist, cuffs, belt loops and metal zipper. The jacket is partially lined.

Label: Genuine Sewell Clothes Guaranteed

Size: Size 40. Jacket: Chest: 44", Shoulders: 18", Sleeves: 24.5", CB Neck to Hem: 30.5",
Pants: Waist: 32", + 2", Outseam: 38.5", Inseam: 27", + 2", + 1.5" , cuff.
Condition: This has been dry-cleaned There are two faint spots on the front of the jacket, please see closeups. The pants have dinginess at the seat as shown. No holes.  Probably best worn for stage or lower light conditions, but you may have a better cleaner than me.

Price: $135 
Order #M941
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Early 1950s Vintage Navy Blue Wool Gab Suit with Patch Pockets SZ 38

This deep navy blue wool gab suit has moderate width lapels, a two-button front and the classic 3 patch pockets. This jacket has a nice long line without a CB vent. The pants have a single pleat, Hollywood waist, cuffs, belt loops and metal zipper. The jacket is partially lined.

Label: Genuine Sewell Clothes Guaranteed

Size: Jacket: Chest: 42", Shoulders: 18", Sleeves: 24.25", CB Neck to Hem: 30",
Pants: Waist: 31", + 2", Outseam: 39", Inseam: 27.5", + 2", plus 1.75", cuff.

Condition: The pants are excellent; the back of the jacket has scattered moth damage as shown in a lightened photo. This is mostly tracks, but a few small breakthroughs. Probably best worn for stage or lower light conditions.

Price: $100
Order #M936
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Dated 1950 Vintage Navy Blue Wool Jacket SZ  44

This deep navy blue wool suit has a subtle woven stripe in white and red. The lapels are wide, with a 3-button front and a standing welt breast pocket and two flapped pockets. The jacket is partially lined. The shoulder pads are largish - this is too broad shouldered for my form. The back is vent less. I don't know much about United Tailors, but they were around from at least 1925.

Label: United Tailors 513 W. Market St. Louisville, KY, made for Smith Meredith 3-18-50

Size: Jacket: Chest: 48", Shoulders: 21", Sleeves: 26", CB Neck to Hem: 31",

Condition: Excellent, with one rewoven moth bite on the back collar along the fold.

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Order #M936
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1960s Vintage Deep Olive Wool Tweed Suit SZ  39/40

This dark olive wool herringbone tweed 2-piece suit comes from the Anderson-Little Co., manufacturers of menswear for many years - at least the 1930s thru the 1990s. I believe the label has been revived in recent years? The suit has moderate lapels, a 2-button front, welt pockets with flaps and a center back vent. The trousers have belt loops, a flat front and a nylon zipper. The jacket is partially lined.

Label: Anderson-Little Manufacturers of Men's Clothing Individual Sales Department and ACWA Union Label

Size: Jacket: Chest: 43", Shoulders: 19", Sleeves: 23", CB Neck to Hem: 29",
Pants: Waist: 34", + 3", Outseam: 40.5", Inseam: 29.35", + 1.5", Hem.

Condition: Excellent. No holes or stains.

Price: $110 
Order #H940
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Vintage 1960s Brown Dobbs Veluna Fedora Hat SZ 7 1/4

This classic 1960s Dobbs fedora has a medium width brown, red feather and cord and button trolley. The sweatband is brown leather with gold embossed labels. White taffeta liner.

Labels: Dobbs Veluna, Dobbs Fifth Avenue New York, Guild Edge, Cushion-Aire and Sullivan's Bloomington, Indiana

Size: Labeled a 7 1/4. Crown: 22 7/8", Height of Crown: 4.75", Brim width: 1 3/4".

Condition: Excellent.

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Order #M937
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1960s Vintage Grey Green Wool Suit by Hammonton Park SZ 46

This gray green smooth finish wool suit is in a subtle tone on tone plaid. This is a large size and far too large for my mannequin. The suit has narrow lapels, a 3-button front, welt pockets with flaps and a center back vent. The trousers have belt loops, cuffs, a flat front and a metal zipper. The jacket is partially lined.

Label: Hammonton Park Clothes Tailored expressly for Bonardi's Worcester, Mass. and Imported Fabric.

Size: Jacket: Chest: 50", Shoulders: 19", Sleeves: 24.5", CB Neck to Hem: 31",
Pants: Waist: 42", (none to let out), Outseam: 40", Inseam: 28", + 1", hem, Cuff 1.5".

Condition: Excellent. No holes or stains.

Price: $125 
Order #H942
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Vintage 1960s Olive Felt Richman Bros. Stingy Brim Fedora Hat SZ 7 1/4

Snappy Hat! This stingy snap brim wool felt by Richman Bros. is from the 1960s. The narrow felt hatband has a brass buckle while the edge is welted. The sweatband is black with gold printing. The crown is lined in white satin.

Labels: Richman Brothers Tyson

Size: Labeled a 7 1/4. Crown: 22 7/8", Height of Crown: 5", Brim width: 1 7/8".

Condition: Excellent, but for some spotting on the lining and the owners name written in ink.

Price: $35 
Order #M939
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1970s Vintage Green, Blue and Yellow Wool Pullover Sweater by Chipp SZ L

This super Geelong lambswool V neck pullover sweater has a bold allover pattern in olive green pale blue and soft yellow. The neck and waist ribbings and fold back cuffs are all the solid green. Research tells me Geelong is a particular breed of sheep that is especially soft.

Labels: Made in Scotland Expressly for Chipp New York New Haven and 100% Super Geelong Lambswool Made in Scotland

Size:  Taken flat and un-stretched. Chest: 46", Waist: 37", Shoulders: 18", Sleeves: 22", cuffed, 25", flat, CB Neck to Hem: 25.5".

Condition: Excellent. No holes or stains.

Price: $55 
 
Order #M942
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1970s Vintage Suit in White Polyester Seersucker SZ 40/42

I couldn't resist this 1970s summer suit. It's white, with 2 pieces, a 2-button jacket with super wide lapels and it's a polyester seersucker. Too much! The trousers are flat front with a wide waistband, belt loops, on seam pockets, nylon coil zipper and a very slight flare. The jacket is fully lined.

Labels: Levy Bros. Inc. Louisville, Professional dry clean only and ACWA Union label.

Size: Jacket: Chest: 44", Shoulders: 19", Sleeves: 24", CB Neck to Hem: 31",
Pants: Waist: 36", + 3", Unhemmed: Out seam: 40.5", Unhemmed: Inseam: 33.5".

Condition: Excellent. No holes or stains. The pants are unhemmed.

Price: $99 
   

Order #H933
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Vintage 1940s Panama Straw Fedora SZ 7

This genuine panama hat is a great one from the old Louisville menswear store, Loevenhart & Co. It even comes with its original box. It is a hand woven genuine panama in the wide snap brim style with a pleated and pongee band in rust with small figured print. Loevenhart's was founded in Louisville in 1898 - see our entry on them on our Louisville Department Stores page for more information. 

Labels: Loevenhart & Co. Louisville. Hand Woven Genuine Panama Panacool. JWT. 
 
Size: Labeled a 7. Crown: 21.75", Brim Depth 2 7/8" everywhere, Crown Height: 5"

Condition: Appears unworn. No spots, stains or holes.

Price: $105

Vintage 1970s Grey Pinstriped 3 Piece Men's Suit English Made
Order #M930
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Vintage 1970s Grey Pinstriped 3 Piece Men's Suit English Made SZ 38 - 40


This red and grey pinstriped wool blend 3-piece suit is English made. The jacket has wide lapels, a ticket pocket and side back vents. The fitted vest has a back belt and 2 pockets. The pants are flat front with belt loops, and a nylon coil zipper. The legs have a very slight flare.

Labels: Made in England Nicholson of St. Albans, Levy Bros Inc. Louisville, Terylene 100% Viscose Lining Dry Clean only 55% Polyester 45% Wool.

Size: Jacket: Chest: 42", Shoulders: 17.5", Sleeves: 24", CB Neck to Hem: 29.5".
Pants: Waist: 34" + 1.5" Seam Allowance, Outseam; 38.5", Inseam: 29.5" + 2" Hem
Vest: Chest: 42", Waist: 36" to 38", Neck to Hem: 21".

Condition: No holes or stains. Very fresh.

Price: $119