Stetson miniature hat box with sample fedora, Please read the full description, original box is oval shaped, 3 5/8” long, 2 3/8" high, has lift off lid, exterior is covered in red with complimentary gold paper trim along the edges of the box. There are four clusters of stylized stars on sides of the hat box as well as on the top. Stetson printed on two sides and also on the lid. Faint but still legible. Top has decorative green spatter pin head size drops, and as shown in photo there must have been a sticker of some sort that when removed took off some of the red paper. Hat inside of the box is a Fedora, brown felt with band of black grosgrain ribbon. Molded celluloid replica Stetson is measuring the brim is 3 3/8” by 3”, the front of the brim is “snapped down” and the back is “snapped up”, has “gutter dent”(lengthwise crease down the crown), 1 1/ 2” high. There is clear tape over repair in paper separation on the lid, see photo. If you wish perfect see item #10649, a grey Fedora is same style box. We also have a DOBBS hat in original mint box.
Some refer to these as saleman's sample, which is partially true. The term sample is correct. The theory is these miniature Stetson Fedora’s in boxes were purchased as a gift from the men’s millinery shop and this miniature hat, which was accompanied by a certificate, was then given as a gift to the man to redeem for his hat of choice.
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