The Dobbs label has represented the utmost in quality hats for over 80 years, and this beautiful vintage bowler is a stunning example of their lasting legacy.
The bowler hat (sometimes known as a coke hat, derby, bombín or billycock, was original invented in 1849, for the politician Edward Coke.
Later the bowler would become a standard in English work-dress.
This beautiful vintage hat is a brilliant example of the now timeless bowler-style. Made of the highest-quality black wool, it remains in outstanding condition.
As you can see, the hat is made from the highest quality black wool and features all the classic "bowler" details.
The hat has a lovely, rounded top with a medium-width brim that upturns at the sides.
The edges of the brim are protected and embellished by a narrow ribbon of black grosgrain.
Another piece of sleek black grosgrain wraps around the outer-band and terminates on the right side in a demure square bow.
The ends of the bow are just a bit frayed.
The hat remains unlined as it is often unnecessary to include a lining in woolen hats of such exceptional quality.
You will find the original fabric maker's label affixed to the underside of the crown; it reads "Dobbs, Fifth Avenue, New York" and exhibits the company's crest.
The sweatband is made of genuine cognac-colored leather and exhibits several embossed marks.
The first of these marks reads "Dobbs" while the retailer's mark on the opposite side reads "The Hub, Harry R. Hirshowitz & Bros., Wilkes-Barre, Hazleton, Pittston".
Henry C. Lytton and Sons Company, popularly known as "The Hub," was one of the city's premier clothing stores during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.
The main store was originally located on the northwest corner of State and Jackson Streets in Chicago's Loop.
According to many long-time residents of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, the Hub was one of the city's finest retailers from its founding the late 1800s to the 1960s.
You will find that the hat shows some wear commensurate with its age, including some very minor fraying and spotting on the sweatband a few light spots on the exterior grosgrain.
We are thrilled to say, however, that this dashing bowler remains in very good vintage condition.
Measurements: Interior circumference: 22", Brim circumference: 35 1/2", Hat height: 5 1/2", Brim width: 1 5/8" – 2" Weight: 128.4 grams (4.5 oz)