1870s Stetson Derby Hat – SOLD
This antique headware features the Stetson stamp on the sweatband. Founded in 1865, Stetson still produces hats using many of the same techniques used by their founder, John B. Stetson.
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1870s Stetson Derby Hat
This 1870s Stetson Derby Hat offers a dashing style that stands the test of time. Made of rich gray felt with a lighter fabric brim and hat band. This antique headware features the Stetson stamp on the sweatband. Founded in 1865, Stetson still produces hats using many of the same techniques used by their founder, John B. Stetson.
About the Derby Hat:
The bowler hat, called the Derby hat in the United States, emerged in 1849 at the height of the English industrial revolution. The hat drew its name creators, John and William Bowler, hatters from Stockport, an industrial city in the north of England. This fashionable piece of headware became the first mass-produced hat in history. The industrial revolution brought about far reaching social changes, including the rise of a middle class eager to climb the social ladder and with the disposable income to dress the part. For managers, accountants, bookkeepers, and a host of all new middle-class men, the hat served as ideal fashion and style accessory. Not only could this smart, discreet hat turn every man into a gentlemen, for the first time mass-production allowed it to do so affordably. The Earl of Derby introduced the hat to the United States, leading to its name there.
Item measures approximately 11 1/8″ Wide (Rim to Rim) x 12 1/2″ Deep x 6″ Tall.
Item appears in Very Good pre-owned condition with wear commensurate with age and use. Some minor blemishes, but no signs of repair. Sweat stains and minor discoloration on the sweatband. Small spots of discoloration on felt. Small spots of wear on edge or brim. Minor discoloration and wear to hatband. Signs of wear from use. Lastly, please review all photos as they are an important part of our description.