This is a classic Derby or sometimes called, Bowler, hat from the famous company, Resistol. It is an iconic style and a timeless classic.
Since its founding in 1927, by E.R. Byer and Harry Rolnick in Dallas, Texas, Resistol has continued to produce hats of exceeding quality and appeal.
This extraordinary vintage bowler remains in mint condition, preserved in its original box
The Bowler hat, also known as a coke hat, derby or billycock, is a hard felt hat with a rounded crown, originally created in 1850, by Lock's of St. Jame's for the servants of Thomas Coke, th 2nd Earl of Leicester.
The hat features beautiful black grosgrain around the band and rim. Off-white silk lines the interior of the hat, while the crown is given extra protection with a thin layer of clear plastic. The Resistol name and crest are clearly visible through this plastic coating.
A strip of fine black leather lines the interior band and has been masterfully hand-stitched in place. Gold lettering adorns opposing sides of the leather band and reads "Deiches Clothing Co., Inc. Kane, Pa." and "Resistol `Self-Conforming'".
A small tag indicating the size, 7 ¼, can also be found tucked under the leather band. The seam at the back features a small silken ribbon; simply a decorative element.
The original box is included with the hat, and exhibits some wear due to age. On the inside of the box, there is a stiff cardboard collar designed to keep the hat upright during storage, as well as a good deal of tissue paper for added padding.
The hat itself remains in impeccable condition, and is the consummate example of the quality craftsmanship and high standard of design upheld by the Resistol name.
Measurements: Brim: 34" circumference Band (exterior): 24" Band (interior): 22" Brim (width): 1 ¾" Height (vertically from brim): 5" Length (over crown): 14"