This is a visual tour of the Museo dell’Arte del Cappello di Ghiffa which Daniele and I visited March 14th 2017. I took over 300 photos so not sure when this will end. Hopefully Daniele will help me out with the commentary! I would like thank Daniele for making the long drive to Ghiffa from Verona. Also would like to thank Ms. Elena Poletti (Museum Curator) who graciously opened the museum for our visit (the museum is closed during the winter months) and answered our questions. The weather was perfect and Lake Maggiore was beyond magnificent (deserves its on thread). The workers at Panizza definitely had an amazing visual back drop.
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The original G. Panizza & C. Hat Factory building is on the left and the later factory location on the right. The Museo dell’Arte del Cappello di Ghiffa is located in the original factory building. The next series of photos are exterior photos of the buildings.
The interior tour of the museum.
The first section of the museum is dedicated to the history of G. Panizza & C. Hat Factory.
Stefan Esders "Velour", 59cm, Crown Open 6 inches, Brim 2 3/4 inches probably later 1930s early 1940s. I picked this up from a non Ebay seller near Vienna. It was made for the famous Vienna department store Stefan Esders but no company mark on the paper label. It was most likely made by one of the Vienna hat companies. The felt is a fantastic darkish Gray Velour.
Echter Velour - Soleil, Crown Open 6 inches, Brim 2 1/4 inches probably 1930s. No company mark but the shiny golden felt is beautiful. The Wet Brushed Velour - Soleil is very soft to the touch and easily dry creases. The sweatband has come loose in a few areas and there is some felt wear at the the front crease but still very wearable. I would like to thank Daniele for the tip on this one that was on German Ebay.
Black Hat, measures 58cm, Crown Open 6 inches, Brim 2 1/4 inches, 84 grams probably later 1930s. This is the fourth hat from my 01/2017 find. It doesn't have any labels or company marks. Not sure if it's Wool or Fur Felt (or blend). The felt is extremely light in weight with a very soft hand. It also has a very nice distressed leather sweatband which has buckled. The construction is primitive but the results are not.