This is a wonderful quality men’s fedora hat made by Biltmore of Canada. The hat is made in a high pile brown coloured beaver fur plush. The brim is turned up at the edge, and is flexible, so you can wear it up or tilted down although I do believe that it is meant to be worn turned up. The crown has a matching grosgrain ribbon around its base with a bow and yellow feather at the left. The sweatband is silver stamped “Canadian Beaver Deluxe Finish”. The inventory label reads “(Model) Payette (Color) Bel Bro (Size) 7 1/4”. The lining is stamped with the Biltmore logo and with text that reads “Biltmore The Master Hat of Canada Canadian Beaver Deluxe Finish”. It is sized as a 7 1/4 - it measures 22 1/2” around the sweatband and 7 3/4” by 6 5/8” across the opening. The brim measures 3” in width following its contour and the crown measures 5” in height. The hat is in excellent condition and looks unused with a beautiful plush nappe (finish) - the only noted defects are a wave to the sweatband where the stamping is, and a small nibble to the back under brim, possibly original to the manufacture, both very minor issues. It has been well cared for in its original Biltmore box, which is included.
Biltmore was founded in 1917 and was Canada’s premier hat maker, rival to Stetson. In fact, after Stetson (Canada) went on a Canadian acquisition binge during the 1960s, Biltmore was able to eliminate its main competitor (Stetson) by buying it in 1970. In 1982, after Biltmore filed bankruptcy, Stetson (USA) bought the assets of Biltmore, before they themselves filed Chapter 11 in 1986. The Biltmore brand was withdrawn from the market from 1982 until 1988, when a group of Canadian investors revived it. Biltmore has always been a quality maker, even producing the Dobbs and Knox brands in Canada.
This is a wonderful hat in exceptional condition, rarely seen - attractive brown colour and excellent quality beaver plush!