Offered here for sale is a Genuine Shantung Panama Hat made by Dobbs Fifth Avenue. And, just in case you are wondering what Shantung Panama is, I will tell you. In the mid 1900s Natural Panama Straw became somewhat scarce and the manufacturers of this style hat began to search for a viable substitute. A material called Washi which means “Japanese Paper” was discovered to be a material that could be used. Today Washi is mostly made from Manila Hemp plant and has been renamed “Shantung Panama”. It’s known to possess the fine qualities of being extremely durable, lightweight and cost effective. This iconic Panama hat exudes the classic style that has remained a constant throughout the years. There is a nicely folded outer hatband which looks to be made of ivory colored cotton material. This hat was meant to be worn by a man, but certainly could be worn by a woman, too, but keep in mind that it is a large size for a lady’s head. The brim came to me just as is (turned down all the way round) and I am guessing that the previous owner preferred to wear it that way. It could be reshaped to suit the new owner’s taste, but I have kept it as the hat was found.
Condition: Very Good
There are a few dents in the Shantung as can be seen from the photos, but when the hat is being worn these are not extremely noticeable. There are some dents in the area of the crease in the crown. The hat is clean overall and looks as if it has seen little actual wear. The outer hatband around the base of the crown does show some slight soiling which I believe is more from age than anything else. This hat may need some reshaping as would suit the individual who purchases it, but keep in mind that it looks just fine as it is.
Label: Dobbs Fifth Avenue, New York, New York’s Leading Hatters
Genuine Shantung Panama
There is a paper label present that can be seen in the photos.
Size: 7 ½
Height of Crown: Approximately 4 ½”
Circumference of Outer Brim: 39”
Width of Brim: 3”
Circumference of Inner Sweatband: 23”
This seller is a proud member of The Costume Society of America (CSA) and The Vintage Fashion Guild (VFG).