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Antique 1920s Men's Straw Boater Hat - Italian Palm

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This 1920's straw boater is in nice vintage condition. It has been worn over the years but still looks great. Inside on the leather band it has printed: Italian Palm, Milam and also: Self Conforming, Trade Mark Pat. Of. No. 403324, Velvon Processed. I didn't learn much about this particular hat as the trademark number was used for many different styles of hat as well as different manufacturers. I have no idea what velvon processed means as I don't get an answer for that online either. I did learn that hats made out of palm are the toughest hats you'll ever want. I read one article that said you could reshape them with not too much effort and that a hat made of palm would last you a lifetime unless your horse stomped on it and put a hole through it. Okay..... but a tough long lasting hat anyway.

The old straw boater has an orange color grosgrain band on the outside that is discolored and faded. You can see what must be glue spots dotted here and there. You may want to replace that. The brim has a couple dips that from what I read you can slightly dampen and weight them down to reform the shape if desired. I also noticed a couple splits on the bottom layer of the brim which does not look like it goes through to the other 2 layers. The leather inside hat band is intact but is a little stiff and brittle and you may want to recondition that before you wear it too much to keep it from cracking. There is one tiny tear in the edge of the band near the size tag. The tag states it is size 7 1/4. The inside circumference measures 22 in. The brim measures about 2 1/4 in. wide and the crown is 3 3/4 in. deep.

I do combine shipping if more than one item is purchased. I don't have a set rate and figure the cost by actual weight of package to your location plus a small handling charge. The shipping/handling cost listed is calculated at the highest amt. from NY to CA. If you live closer to the east coast-it will be less and I can either send a revised invoice or refund the difference. OR send me your zipcode for an exact shipping quote.

New York residents must add 8% tax on purchase price.

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Antique 1920s Men's Straw Boater Hat - Italian Palm


  • Vintage item from the 1920s
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