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Posted 09 July 2018 - 12:17 AM

Hückel Weilheim "Soleil", Hückel's Clipper, size 57cm, possibly late 1950s early 1960s.








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Posted 14 July 2018 - 12:34 AM

Hückel Weilheim "Chamois", 56cm probably late 1950s early 1960s.  This fantastic hat belongs to Stefan (steur) on the FL.  Really like the brim stitching.  As usual great all around quality.







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Posted 14 July 2018 - 12:35 AM








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Posted 18 July 2018 - 05:47 PM

Hückel Weilheim Chamois 2 vs Hückel Weilheim Chamois 1 (Flash)

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Hückel Weilheim Chamois 2 vs Hückel Weilheim Chevreau 2 (Flash)



Hückel Weilheim Chamois 2 vs Hückel Weilheim Chevreau 1 (Flash)



Hückel Weilheim Chamois 1 vs Hückel Weilheim Chevreau 1 (Flash)



Hückel Weilheim Chamois 1 vs Hückel Weilheim Chevreau 2 (Flash)



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Posted 18 July 2018 - 05:50 PM


Hückel Weilheim Chevreau 1 vs Hückel Weilheim Chevreau 2 (Flash)



Hückel Weilheim Chevreau 1,2 Hückel Weilheim Chamois 1,2 Hückel Weilheim Chevreau 1,2 (Flash)


Hückel Weilheim Chamois 1 vs Hückel Weilheim Chamois 2 (Sun Light)

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Hückel Weilheim Chevreau 1 vs. Hückel Weilheim Chamois 2 (Sun Light)


Hückel Weilheim Chevreau 1 vs Hückel Weilheim Chamois 1 (Sun Light)


Hückel Weilheim Chevreau 1 vs Hückel Weilheim Chevreau 2 (Sun Light)


It's really hard to see any difference between the Chamois and Chevreau finishes. I would say the Chamois finish has slightly more fuzz (especially Hückel Weilheim Chamois 2). The felts of both finishes are very dense with slight gloss so possibly made of Wild Hare. The felts are not super pliable but the felts are of very high quality with a very soft hand.

Hückel Weilheim Chamois 2, 1 Hückel Weilheim Chevreau 2, 1, 3 (Flash)


I have three Hückel Weilheim Chevreau and two Hückel Weilheim Chamois in different shades of gray. They are all from the late 1950s very early 1960s. I also have a Hückel Weilheim Chevreau in a fantastic shade of green.

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Posted 25 July 2018 - 05:10 PM

The following is a translated footnote from "Chapeau, Das Westalgäu behütet die Welt, Die Geschichte der Hutprodukrion in Lindenberg und Umgebung, 2015" (This is a great book that I purchased at the Deutsches Hut Museum Lindenberg). Interesting tidbit at the end regarding Ottmar Reich and the "Hückel" trademark for Germany.

"The "J. Hückel's Sons k. u. k. Hof-Hutfabrikanten in Neutitschein - Vienna ", founded in 1799, produced around 5,000 felt hats daily with around 2,000 employees in 1913. After the First World War, the old cloth and hatmaker town of Neutitschein (municipal law since 1313) became part of Czechoslovakia, today this is the city of Nova Jicin the Czech Republic, where exports to Germany, England and the USA accounted for up to 70 percent of the production, while at the end of the 1930s the company was at three locations (Neutitschein, Ratibor and Skoczow, Poland) with 3,000 employees and was one of the most important hat factories in Europe. After the Second World War, all three works were expropriated.The great-grandsons of Johann Hückel, Fritz and Peter Hückel, 1946 moved to Weilheim / Obb (Bavaria, West Germany) , here was the company with the Hückel naming rights for Germany until 1975. Back then it was discussed in the company Ottmar Reich, whether the name rights "Hückel" should take over the production of an exclusive men's hat series, but that did not happen (message contemporary witness Hugo Kirchmann, 2014)."

"Chapeau, Das Westalgäu behütet die Welt, Die Geschichte der Hutprodukrion in Lindenberg und Umgebung, 2015"

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Posted 02 August 2018 - 05:21 AM

The following is a translated from "Chapeau, Das Westalgäu behütet die Welt, Die Geschichte der Hutprodukrion in Lindenberg und Umgebung, 2015" (This is a great book that I purchased at the Deutsches Hut Museum Lindenberg).

The following section discusses Post WWII Felt Hat and Felt Hood production for Lindenberg Hat Companies: Masyer Milz, Ottmar Reich and Aurel Huber. 

28. Deustche / German Mark and Economic Miracles

The introduction of the Deustche / German Mark in the three western occupation zones of Germany took place with the currency reform on 20 June 1948. Four days later, on 24 June 1948, there was also in the Soviet occupation zone to a monetary reform, together with the The separate economic reforms of West Berlin, the so-called "Berlin Blokade" 271. The separate reforms promoted the de facto West-East division of Germany, which led to the founding of two German states in 1949. The Federal Republic of Germany and the Germans emerged Democratic Republic (GDR).

In the newly created Federal Republic of Germany, the time of the so-called "economic miracle", personified by the Minister of Economics Ludwig Erhard, began, and the West-Allgäu hat industry also participated strongly in the 1950s and 1960s and predefined their ability to export until the end of 1969 Lindenberg was now able to develop into a center of the German hat industry with stronger felt hat production, partly because the competition in the other part of Germany did not have a good start in the post-war period. Guben on the Lusatian Neisse (a river) in Brandenburg was probably the most important German production center of the felt hat industry before the war. After the war, Guben, now divided into a German and a Polish section, remained only the limited market of the GDR and its friends "Brother countries" of Eastern Europe. With DDR dumping prices starting from the middle of the 1960s the Gubener felt hat industry became in individual market segments a disagreeable competitor of the Westallgauer felt hat industry.

After the currency reform, the complicated management regulations in the French occupation zone were abolished. Already in the second half of 1948, the number of hats manufactured in West Allgaeu more than doubled compared to the same period of the previous year. "With the release of the price, markets were again created on which supply and demand produced a realistic price structure With a fixed exchange rate against the US dollar, companies could again capitalize their investments without worrying about the monetary value.

Investment in Production of Felt

In Lindenberg, from the currency reform of 1948 onwards, investments were made mainly in felt hat production and in a separate production of felt stumps. As early as 1946/1947, the company Mayser-Milz & Cie. with their outsourced machines from Ulm to build a hair felts stump production in Lindenberg. The factory in Ulm had been bombed out in 1945. At the company premises in Lindenberg, construction was also undertaken after the currency reform in 1948. In 1948/1949, the 150-meter-long workshop for stump production ("Walkerei / Fulling") was built parallel to the railway body. (On November 10, 1971, the last hat-stump by Mayser-Milz was manufactured in the Lindenberg plant, after which the company moved the hat-stump production back to their factory in Ulm.) In 1950, an extension to the hat production on the Bismarckstraße followed and a 5 story new factory building on the Nadenbergstraße in 1958. The construction of 1958 was completed in 1999, just over 40 years later, with a high-level factory building with a high-bay warehouse Raw materials and finished goods extended.This extension was no longer used for the expansion of production, but for the rationalization of the production process.Thus, the production areas of women's and men's hat were combined and brought to the same level as the fabric hat department.

The company Aurel Huber began in 1948/1949 with its own Felt Stumpen/Hood production. After the end of the war, it was cut off from its former source of supply in the former East of Germany (for example, Ratibor in Silesia) and was now planning its own crude factory in Lindenberg. Unlike the company Mayser-Milz, however, had no own production experience in this field. It compensated for this by recruiting Sudeten-German hat specialists, who had been expelled from Czechoslovakia in 1945. These specialists came from the hat city of Neutitschein in the "Kuhländchen" via the English and American occupation zones, and as early as mid-1946 Huber had obtained permission from the district president and the French governor in Lindau to recruit relevant hat specialists outside the French occupation zone A general freedom of movement between the western zones of occupation had not yet been agreed upon: it was in particular Rudolf Holub (1897-1970), a former executive employee of the hat factory Johann Huckel in Neutitschein, who took over the construction work of a hair-felt hat-stump production at Aurel Huber and In addition, other former specialists from Neutitschein brought to Lindenberg. From 1948, Huber commissioned residential buildings on Sedanstrasse, later to be built on the Spielermoos site, for these employees.

End of 1948 / early 1949, the hair felts production of the company Aurel Huber went into operation. This raw material also included its own dyeing plant. Here Johann Beier, also from the company Hückel in Neutitschein, had done the set-up work, later he led the entire raw material of the company. On the company premises modern shedhallenve and a new boiler house for steam generation were built for the raw production. The new chimney was probably for reasons of prestige a bit higher than the previously highest fireplace in Lindenberg at the company Ottmar Reich. Also for the hat production itself the factory was extended by new buildings. Most recently in 1950, the connection building with turrets and 1952 a production building in the interior of the factory area.

The Ottmar Reich company had acquired the hat factory Brüder Böhm in 1938 as a branch plant in Vienna and was able to source their felt stumps there. After the aryanized company was "returned duly" after the end of the war, it no longer had its own hat stump production. From 1949, the Bavarian Wool Felt factories K.G. (BWF) in Offingen / Danube became one of the main suppliers. This company had many years of experience in the felt cloth production and began in 1949 with the production of Hat Stumps, possibly already in development cooperation with the company Reich. The hat factory Ottmar Reich had thus set a substantial part on the production of Wool Felt Hats. It was said that the Mayser Fur Felt Men's Hat was the "Mercedes Class", the Reich Wool Felt Hat the (cheaper) "Opel Class". What this does not mean is the "Opel Class" could not make good money at that time.

Ottmar Reich's Fur and Velour Hat Stumps were manufactured by Miesbach Obb company Kohlndorfer. Ottmar Reich then renamed it as an independent Hat Stump manufacturing plant. Hat Stumps were also purchased from foreign manufacturers, in addition to the Ebreichsdorfer Felt Hat Factory / S.J Fraenkel AG in Austria, from large manufacturers in Monza (Italy). In addition, new factory buildings were built on the factory site of the hat factory Ottmar Reich. A large extension, added 1961-1963 to the today monument-protected "Manz" industrial building, reached along the sunny road until almost the Glasbühlstraße.

From "Chapeau, Das Westalgäu behütet die Welt, Die Geschichte der Hutprodukrion in Lindenberg und Umgebung, 2015"

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Posted 03 August 2018 - 10:32 PM

The Artist's Painting Lay In Austrian Antiquity For Years. Now He Has A Museum




2 October 2015 20:05

"In the Austrian antique shop they have a painting from which you are a factory man from your city." A recent report of a compatriot living in the southern neighbors caused an uproar in the Novojičín Museum. And she also made an effort to return a valuable piece back to New Jičín."

As soon as it turned out, four years ago, an unknown portrait of August Hückel (1838-1917), the most successful member of the dynasty of the hat factories of the renowned firm, the predecessor of Tonaku Nový Jičín, was left unnoticed.

"August Hückel was a successful entrepreneur, a patron, he was also active in the town hall, and in 1910 he became an honorary citizen of Nový Jičín," said Radek Polách** from the Novojičín Museum."

The painting was painted by the relatively unknown painter Janowitsch in 1914. At that time, Hückel was 76 years old and died three years later.

"Thanks to the picture, we can see part of the period interior of one of the Hückel villas," he remarked to and revealed that the museum had bought the work for several tens of thousands of crowns.

When the picture was taken over by the restorer Václav Chovanec, he found a ten-year period behind the frame. The museum has also discovered how the painting was in the antiques. The Hückel descendants have left some of the objects to the new owner of their home. And he sold some things.

"We know about other paintings, furniture and period equipment from the Hückel estate. We would like to return to New Jičín as much as possible, "he said.

** I met Radek Polách back in 2011 when I visited the Novojičín Museum. He is the man standing to right of the August Hückel portriat. Radek setup a rare tour of Tonak / JHS factory for me and has also supplied me with very valuable information over the years which I have made available here on my website.


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Posted 06 August 2018 - 09:44 PM

J. Hückel´s Söhne "Elastic", French Point Size 5 1/2, 148 grams, probably early to mid 1930s. I really like the bow design and the condition is near mint. I have many J. Hückel´s Söhne Stiff Felts. :)









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Posted 01 November 2018 - 08:50 PM

J. Hückel´s Söhne Promotional Pocket Mirror, 1930s



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