Vintage mid-1960s Bond “Executive Group” stingy brim fedora in steel grey fur felt features a center dent crown and 2” wide black grosgrain ribbon hatband with jaunty red feather accent.
Lined in white satin, it has a reeded black leather sweatband with small white bow in back. The 1.75” brim has an underwelt finish to the edge.
The sweatband is embossed in gold lettering with “Bond” on one side, and “Executive Group” on the other, and underneath the clear vinyl crown protector, the liner tip has a label with the same information.
Founded in Ohio in 1914, by the 1930s the Bond Clothiers chain had become the nation’s largest menswear retailer. Their “Executive Group” in-house brand--applied to clothing as well as accessories ranging from neckties and belts to hats and gloves—was in use from the late 30s until well into the 1960s.
Please see photo #7 for a 1966 ad that shows the hat being offered here. (The same hat—at the same price—continued to be advertised for the next two years, but only the hat in this 1966 ad sports a feather!)
The hat measures 21” inner circumference and has a crown height of 4.75”.
Very good condition, with the hat, lining, and sweatband in outstanding, clean shape, and the sweatband leather nice and supple. Only issue is that moisture appears to have gotten underneath the vinyl liner, causing greenish corrosion on the gold lettering (photo #8).
PLEASE NOTE: The gold and black hexagonal Bond hatbox shown in the photos is a “bonus” item and has not been factored in to the current shipping charge. If you would like the box included with your purchase, you MUST REQUEST it so that I can recalculate shipping (it will need to be packaged in an oversized box and will thus incur a USPS surcharge). Finally, condition of the 20” x 15” x 7.5” hatbox is good/very good, sturdy and clean but with rubbing and wear (nicks/dents/scratches) along the edges.
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