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#1906 Anton Pichler Hutfabrik, Josef Pitchler & Söhne

Posted by habigman on Yesterday, 08:53 PM in Austrian Hat Companies

Josef Pichler & Söhne Graz, 56cm, possibly later 1930s early 1940s (see below).  The hat is in NOS condition but unfortunately the brim was trimmed down to 2 inches.  It came with the 1930s light green JHS "Standard Crystal Velour"  I posted last week and was sold by the same store Rudolf Hanus Wien so it could be from a similar time period.  The overall quality of this hat is high and the felt is fantastic (color, finish, hand).  Josef Pichler was a brother of the more well known Anton Pichler.  
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#1905 Windsor Trademark

Posted by habigman on 16 May 2018 - 04:13 PM in German Hat Companies

Windsor probably later 1950s.  Belongs to Telemaster on the FL.









#1904 Berlin-Gubener Hutfabrik

Posted by habigman on 13 May 2018 - 01:40 PM in German Hat Companies

I found this B.G.H. advertisement in D.H.Z. (10/1/1919). The B.G.H. marks in the lower left and right corners show the same letter configuration. The mark on the right is the same mark. This proves that S.H.G. was made by B.G.H.. 
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#1903 Berlin-Gubener Hutfabrik

Posted by habigman on 12 May 2018 - 12:58 PM in German Hat Companies

Berlin - Gubener Hutfabrik "Stammhaus Guben" "Aquila Beste deutsche Marke", Wool, 56cm probably 1930s maybe older. This Wool Stiff Felt was made Berlin - Gubener Hutfabrik (see below). Belongs to Stefan on the FL. 

#1902 Johann Hückel´s Söhne - Hückel Hutfabrik Weilheim

Posted by habigman on 07 May 2018 - 08:28 PM in Austrian Hat Companies

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#1901 Kohlndofer Velour Hutfabrik Miesbach / Oberbayren

Posted by habigman on 06 May 2018 - 11:34 PM in German Hat Companies

This Erko Velour belongs to Lecky on FL. He found it in a Munich Vintage shop along with another hat. I believe this hat is from the 1930s. It has had some fixes to the sweatband and possibly the ribbon has been replaced or poorly fixed.




#1900 Kohlndofer Velour Hutfabrik Miesbach / Oberbayren

Posted by habigman on 06 May 2018 - 11:03 PM in German Hat Companies

Kohlndorfer "Erko", size 54cm, possibly 1920s.  






Liner logo enhancement by Dinerman(Spencer)on the FL.

"Erko" trademark (Marke Erko) for Ernst Kohlndorfer Miesbach / Oberbayren Velour Hutfabrik.


Deutsche Hutmacher Zeitung, December 15, 1936

#1899 Johann Hückel´s Söhne - Hückel Hutfabrik Weilheim

Posted by habigman on 05 May 2018 - 06:38 PM in Austrian Hat Companies

J. Hückel ´s Söhne "Standard" "Crystal Velour", French Point Size 5 1/2, Brim 2 1/4 inches, Crown Open 6 inches probably 1930s. The overall condition of the hat is near mint condition. The "Crystal Velour" condition, color (light shade of green), finish and hand are fantastic. This is definitely one of my best finds in a while.







An example of an early JHS Hat Hanging Cord. Also a unique sweatband. The leather color, finish and hand are fantastic.



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#1898 "Echt Panama" J. Pul Muntplein 5 Amsterdam

Posted by habigman on 13 April 2018 - 07:56 PM in General Discussion

"Echt Panama" J. Pul Muntplein 5 Amsterdam, 59cm, Crown 5 inches, Brim 2 3/8 inches probably mid to late 1950s maybe later. This hat was one of a recent 3 hat find that included a Rehfus & Cie. / Hutfabrikanten Homburg and a Echter Borsalino Homburg. I tend to think it was blocked and dressed locally. I really like the ribbon design and blocking / form.








J. Pul Jr. Muntplein 5 Amsterdam probably 1920s - 1930s.


#1897 Borsalino (German Market)

Posted by habigman on 12 April 2018 - 04:47 PM in German Hat Companies

Echter Borsalino "Gulaela" Export Qualität, French Point Size 6 1/2, Crown Open 5 1/2 inches, Brim 2 3/8 inches probably later 1950s. The overall condition is excellence. The medium weight "Pomice/Pumice" color felt is fantastic. It easily dry creases and has an fine hand. I didn't take a photo of the paper label but it doesn't have the vertical "Borsalino" on the left side. "Export Qualität" was added around the mid to later 1950s and "Echter Borsalino" was dropped in the early 1960s. "Export Qualität" remained in use until the mid 1980s but eventually fell out of use after the original Borsalino factory was closed and the company was sold.








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#1896 Rehfus & Cie. / Hutfabrikanten

Posted by habigman on 11 April 2018 - 10:40 PM in German Hat Companies

Rehfus Hutfabrikanten / & Cie. "Olympia Extra Quality", Size French Point 5 1/2, Crown Open 5 1/2 inches, Brim 2 3/8 inches probably mid to later 1950s. I don't come across many Rehfus hats so was very happy to find this one. The felt is medium weight with a smooth finish and a very smooth hand. Rehfus & Cie / Hutfabrikanten is from the Kehl am Rhein, Germany which is directly across from Strasbourg / Strassburg so probably the reason for using French Point Sizing which is unusual (maybe the only one post WWI) for German Hat Companies.









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#1895 VEB Vereinigte Hutwerke Guben

Posted by habigman on 10 April 2018 - 01:04 PM in German Hat Companies

Vereinigte Hutwerke Guben / VHG "Magnet" probably early 1950s. Belongs to Matt on the FL and was his Grandfathers hat.








#1894 Carl Jacobs Halle a/S. (Hat Retailer)

Posted by habigman on 07 April 2018 - 04:02 PM in German Hat Companies

Carl Jacobs Halle a/S., measures 57cm, probably WWI era maybe later.  No company mark but probably made by one of the hat companies in Guben or Luckenwalde.  Currently I can't make out the symbol above Carl Jacob on the liner.  It has a over welt brim with a slightly offset smaller scale bow and a unique shinny lime green liner.  The Velour is in very good condition and have a very nice glossy finish and fine hand.
Carl Jacob, Halle a / S., Kleinschmieden 7
Owner of the royal Prussian state medal in silver for commercial services
Warehouse finished. Furs of own factory
Circa 1900

#1893 Germany, No Company Name or Initials

Posted by habigman on 07 April 2018 - 04:00 PM in German Hat Companies

Carl Jacobs Halle a/S., measures 57cm, probably WWI era maybe later. No company mark but probably made by one of the hat companies in Guben or Luckenwalde. Currently I can't make out the symbol above Carl Jacob on the liner. It has a over welt brim with a slightly offset smaller scale bow and a unique shinny lime green liner. The Velour is in very good condition and has a very nice glossy finish and fine hand.






Carl Jacob, Halle a / S., Kleinschmieden 7
Owner of the royal Prussian state medal in silver for commercial services
Warehouse finished. Furs of own factory

Circa 1900


#1892 P. & C. Habig Hutfabrik

Posted by habigman on 28 March 2018 - 05:11 PM in Austrian Hat Companies

Peter Habig (1886-1963) co-owner P. & C. Habig Wien, Berlin (1927)
With daughters Lucy and Maria
I posted these same photos a while ago but these are larger format with copyright mark.

#1891 Borsalino (German Market)

Posted by habigman on 23 March 2018 - 06:55 PM in German Hat Companies



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#1890 Borsalino (German Market)

Posted by habigman on 23 March 2018 - 06:54 PM in German Hat Companies

Echter Borsalino, Point 5, Crown Open 5 1/2 inches, Brim 2 inches, probably late 1930s and made for the German market. The felt is medium weight and very pliable.  There is a wind cord which is uniquely wrapped (see photo) with contrasting band and binding.  There is a separate paper size stamp and the main paper label has "Amiata, C. Nera, Gorasgu".  The hat is in mint condition and was sold by Ferdinand, Klan Hof i / B. (Bavaria).  
Unique wind cord wrapping. 

#1889 Janyška & Cie.

Posted by habigman on 19 March 2018 - 10:44 PM in General Discussion

At the birth of the company were mostly natives of Valasske Mezirici and the surrounding area, the main representative was Ludwig Janyška originally authorized signatory of the company Schlessinger Valasske Mezirici. The company immediately after its foundation quickly developed a promising and already in the 20s of the 20th century has become a strong competitor for companies that in millinery act much longer. Even because the company wanted to continue to develop, in 1928 the company was commissioned to "Janyška a spol., A joint-stock company for production of hats in Valašské Meziříčí".

The period of the joint stock company was the period of the greatest development of the company. Factory managed to export to almost all world markets, not only to America , but also to Asia and Indonesia . Export was the main item for the company and by the mid-1930s the company exported around 85% of the produced goods.

Like the rest of the industry, the factory was hit by the global economic crisis , but due to good leadership, it did not sign up more than the move to lay off several employees and reduce production. Fortunately, the factory stayed in order to grow even further from 1934 . Production and export have been rising rapidly, new and additional workers have been recruited and employees have been able to raise wages. The factory has participated in several world exhibitions and has almost always brought some price. At the end of 1938 , a major reconstruction of the factory was also carried out, when new dining rooms were set up for staff, new showers, dressing rooms and toilets were built.

In 1939 came the German occupation of Czechoslovakia . Although Janska managed to maintain the existence of the company, though at the price of small concessions. The factory was not only producing hats and caps, but also arms production and state orders for the production of military socks. By the end of the war , this production had prevailed.

After World War II, the company worked for a while, but after nationalizing in 1945 , it was then transferred to Tonak together with other Novojičín factories in December 1946 . In 1961 , the race was canceled.


#1887 Fetten oder Schmieren / Greasing or Lubricate "Der Hut" Gustav Mensch...

Posted by habigman on 13 March 2018 - 04:21 PM in General Discussion

Here is some information (translated from German) from a unpublished book written by the last director (still alive) of Ebreichsdorfer (Austria) Filzhutfabrik / S. & J. Fraenkel Wien (closed in 1972). I am not sure there is any other book like this one. I have included the German and I will look into getting a better English translation.

Update 03/14/2018: I made some changes based on feedback from member and friend ErWeSa (Wolfgang). The major change is in bold.

"Smooth hats have a long tradition. They are mainly produced from tame or wild rabbit or from mixtures of both types of hair. Hats made of pure beaver hair are rarely found, and a percentage of beaver hair is added to high-quality felts. Originally, the molded and dry hat was smoothed by hand with the pumice stone, later with sandpaper. Then, by passing over with a piece of fish skin, fine, short hair was brought out to improve gloss and feel. In industrial production, the pre-dressed hats are dressed on automatic head and edge grinding machines by rubbing and greasing. The American trimming additionally uses color powder to improve the hand and look. The powder conceals small defects and gives the hat surface a closed appearance and a pleasant hand. The pigment mixture, which is adapted to the color of the hat, is applied at the end of the friction work and fixed to the surface by gentle greasing and dry-leveled."

"Glatte Hüte haben eine lange Tradition. Sie werden vorwiegend aus Zahm- oder Wildkanin bzw. aus Mischungen beider Haarsorten erzeugt. Hüte aus reinem Biberhaar findet man selten, Anteile von Biberhaar werden hochwertigen Filzen beigemischt. Ursprünglich wurde der angeformte und trockene Hut mit dem Bimsstein, später mit einem Reibpapier von Hand glatt geschliffen. Anschließend wurde durch Überfahren mit einem Stück Fischhaut feines, kurzes Haar hervorgeholt, damit Glanz und Griff verbessert. In der industriellen Fertigung werden die vorgeriebenen Hüte auf automatischen Kopf- und Randreibemaschinen durch Reiben und Fetten zugerichtet. Die amerikanische Zurichte verwendet zusätzlich Farbpuder um Griff und Optik zu verbessern. Der Puder verdeckt kleine Fehler und verleiht der Hutoberfläche ein geschlossenes Aussehen und einen angenehmen Griff. Die auf die Hutfarbe abgestimmte Pigmentmischung wird am Ende der Reibarbeit aufgetragen, durch leichtes Fetten an der Oberfläche fixiert und trocken egalisiert. "

"Greasing or Lubricate
Pouncing / rubbing negatively affects the color look of the hats, they become dull and lustreless. Greasing binds the friction dust remaining in the felt and levels / smooths the surface. The color gets luminosity and a rich look. With light colors, the grease can be dispensed with, sometimes this is even advantageous. For dark colors or blacks, greasing is indispensable. Suitable fatliquors are a number of natural and synthetic oils. Poplar oil and the thick Green Laurel oil that was banned in many countries because of possible allergic skin reactions were widespread. Both oils are dilutable by adding trichlorethylene or Vaseline oil. Rapeseed oil, spindle oils, Vaseline and specially prepared products such as Lorbol** are currently used.

In order to put grease on the hat you first put it on a luring pad (the Schmierballen, if this is the correct translation for a piece of textile that is either folded or filled with e.g. cotton wool in order to get a tight piece of material), which is then heated by holding it close to a hot plate to melt the grease/lubricating agent. Then the hat is brushed with this pad with the nap. After that the hat is wiped again with a piece of soft cloth (the "Brenntuch") that has been warmed on a hot plate (presumably to get rid of any superfluous grease)."

**I searched "Lorbol" but came up empty.

"Fetten oder Schmieren
Reiben beeinflußt die Farboptik der Hüte negativ, sie werden matt und stumpf. Durch das Fetten wird der im Filz verbliebene Reibstaub gebunden und die Oberfläche egalisiert. Die Farbe bekommt Leuchtkraft und ein sattes Aussehen. Bei hellen Farben kann auf das Fetten verzichtet werden, manchmal ist das sogar von Vorteil. Bei dunklen Farben oder Schwarz ist ein Fetten unerläßlich. Als Fettungsmittel kommen eine Reihe natürlicher und synthetischer Öle in Frage. Weit verbreitet war Pappelöl und das dickflüssige grüne Lorbeeröl, das in vielen Ländern wegen möglicher allergischer Hautreaktionen verboten wurde. Beide Öle sind durch Zusatz von Trichloräthylen oder Vaselineöl verdünnbar. Gegenwärtig werden vor allem Rapsöl, Spindelöle, Vaseline und speziell zubereitete Produkte, wie Lorbol, verwendet. Zum Fetten des Hutes streicht man etwas Fettungsmittel auf den Schmierballen, hält diesen an eine heiße Platte, bis er sich etwas erwärmt und das Fett verteilt hat. Nun wird der gesamte Hut nach dem Strich bearbeitet und mit dem Brenntuch, einem auf einer Platte erwärmten weichen Lappen, ausgewischt. "

#1886 R. Hecht Leipzig (No Company Mark)

Posted by habigman on 09 March 2018 - 10:50 PM in German Hat Companies

R. Hecht Leipzig - Theater Passage - Grimmaishe Str. 12, Wool, 58cm, 160 grams probably 1930s. The Wool is dense and the finish is very smooth. There is only a small fragment of main paper stamp remaining behind the sweatband. The main paper tag is the same type as a number of other German hats I have that don't have a company mark. My guess is that these hats were made by one of the large scale German Hat Companies that were located in Eastern Germany that produced both Wool and Fur Felt hats but didn't survive WWII.








The above cm size tag and main paper stamp fragment are similar to the this hat.


I have few other hats with the same main paper stamp but no company mark. As I mentioned I believe these hats were made by one of the large scale German Hat Companies that were located in Eastern Germany that produced both Wool and Fur Felt hats but didn't survive WWII.


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#1885 Friedrich Steinberg Herrmann & Co. Hutfabrik Luckenwalde

Posted by habigman on 09 March 2018 - 07:03 PM in German Hat Companies

STECO "Otter Velour" probably late 1930s. Unfortunately this hat was modified. The ribbon / bow was replaced and the brim was probably cut. Luckily I was able to find out that STECO was Friedrich Stienberg Herrmann & Co. Hutfabrik Luckenwalde (Germany). The "Otter Velour" was most likely STECO's answer to J. Hückel ´s Söhne's "Seal Velour". The Velour (finish, hand, color) and original components (liner and sweatband) are very high quality.







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#1884 Friedrich Steinberg Herrmann & Co. Hutfabrik Luckenwalde

Posted by habigman on 09 March 2018 - 07:03 PM in German Hat Companies

From "Deutsche Hutmacher-Zeitung (German Hat Maker News)", December 15, 1936 from the from the Gotisches Haus (Gothic House) Bad Homburg , Germany collection. This a special edition for the Scandinavian market.



From the above article:

"The company was founded in 1811 as a cloth factory but converted in 1883 on hat factory. The company manufactures hoods and hats in wool, hair and velour for men and women. In the modern factory rooms equipped with all the latest innovations, it is possible to produce up to 1,200 pairs of stumps per day which are further processed in a branch plant also located in Luckenwalde. In the field of export, the company has been active in the early days."

The factory building was designed by the famous architect Erich von Mendelsohn.




Some of the factory still stands today and is a protected monument. The following photos were taken during a recent renovation project (now completed).





#1883 Old and New Hat, Alter und neuer Hut, THE HAT AND ITS HISTORY, DER HUT -UND S...

Posted by habigman on 07 March 2018 - 11:28 PM in General Discussion


Old and New Hat.

The famous sculptor Schadow and the minister von Schuckmann were both diligent visitors to a Berlin reading club. The former used to go home early, but the minister was usually the last one in the company and was always picked up in his carriage. One evening the minister was again the last, and indeed the very last one. He found only a single hat in the dressing room. His hat was old and very used, but a brand new hat laid in front of him. If he did not want to go home bare headed, the minister had no choice but to put on his new hat. So he drove home in the stormy rain that had been going on for an hour. Early the next morning the minister was still lying in bed, the bell of his hotel was drawn, a servant brought the old hat of the minister and reported a recommendation by Mr. Schadow, asking for his hat, which His Excellency took yesterday from the Monday meeting. The following Monday, the minister received the following information from the old Schadow:

"I just bought a new hat last Monday. When I wanted to return home in the evening, it was raining heavily, and since I did not want to spoil my new hat, I took yours and thought: Your Excellency would drive mine home safely. "

(Anecdotes - Bibl. Vienna 1876, 2nd volume)

From the book (some day I will post and translate the entire book).

DER HUT -UND SEINE GESCHICHTE Eine kulturgeschichtliche Monographie, von Dr. O. Timidior Mit 85 Abbildungen Zeichnungen von Karl Heidrich (1914)

THE HAT AND ITS HISTORY A Cultural-Historical Monograph by Dr. Ing. O. Timidior With 85 illustrations Drawings by Karl Heidrich (1914)

#1882 "Experience with (Fur) Hair Quality" from "Animal Hair of the Hat...

Posted by habigman on 02 March 2018 - 07:08 PM in General Discussion

"Experience with (Fur) Hair Quality" from "Animal Hair of the Hat Industry, Herbert Rosenthal, Saxon University of Applied Sciences Textile Industry, Chemnitz, 1929" from Gotisches Haus (Gothic House) Bad Homburg, Germany collection.

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Animal Hair of the Hat Industry, Herbert Rosenthal
Saxon University of Applied Sciences Textile Industry, Chemnitz


Charges approved by the Technical University of Munich in order to obtain the dignity of DOCTOR OF TECHNICAL SCIENCES (Doctor of Agriculture) treatise.

Presented by Agronomist Herbert Rosenthal born in Luckenwald, Germany.

1. Reviewer: Professor Dr. Philosophy Heinz Henseler.
2. Reviewer: Professor Councillor Dr. Philosophy Theodor Henkel.

Date of filing of work 11th, February 1929
Date of acceptance of work 27th, February 1929




Animal Hair of the Hat Industry, Herbert Rosenthal, pages 117 - 119

§5 Experience with (Fur) Hair Quality

Before I get to a compilation of the hair qualities, I have to specify some experiences, which have been communicated to me by experts of the hat industry. Because it is of particular importance to take such practical data into account in the attempt to standardize.

The first distinguishing feature is the ability to feather the qualities hair. By this is meant the production of fine down-like hair on the surface after a good fulling. The whole hat gets a shiny, fine, soft texture and is very popular as a velour. Especially suitable for this are Hare backs, White Hare sides, Muskrat bellies, Beaver, also Nutria bellies.

The latter Fur hair qualities, however, are so rare that we can disregard them.

For the production of smooth and matt finish hats one uses especially the non-resilient Rabbit hair.

In general, the experts said that the best quality should always be the Hare back of mature skins. It is used, as already mentioned, for velour and long-haired finish hats. Above all, the great felt energy is praised for this quality. Furthermore, the toughness, strength and the fine noble gloss are known here. As far as the color is concerned, there are usually no particular differences in terms of this quality. Almost the same characteristics are shown on the white side of Hare skins, which fell in winter and originate from adult animals. Only these hairs are a little less glamorous. Back and white side of non-mature winter skins have a little lower gloss and not the toughness of the aforementioned qualities. They give a pretty good structure. Long coarse hairs should be more abundant here. Now follow backs and sides of the autumn skins. They do not give a bad structure. But their brilliance is significantly lower. Blue side of Hare skins show little shine. Their texture is almost spongy. Blue sides of non-mature winter skins are very little different. Back and sides of the summer skins behave again far less favorable. Belly skins of mature winter hares give a pretty good, firm structure. The same characteristics also approximately show the belly hair of immature winter and autumn Hares. Only here the long course hairs are found more abundant.

Wild Rabbit back has great and enduring feltability. Toughness should be almost as big as a mature Hare's back. Wild Rabbit side is not much worse. Only does not show the same tenacity. Wild Rabbit belly should behave in the processing often better than some Hare belly. Low energy shows the Garenne (area of pasture set aside for rabbits usually surrounded by stone walls) back.

The Hare belly should be almost the same as the back hair of the Tame Rabbit. Quality ash color often equals the Wild Rabbit in terms of workability. Very little should the structure of hutch grey differ. In contrast, black shows less robust structure. Very good felting ability can be found again at hutch Rabbit. The worst it is given home White Rabbit. The Colorful Rabbit behaves better.

Then the following qualities are distinguished mostly in the industry:

I. Hare backs, winter, mature
2. White sides, Hare, winters mature
3. Blue sides, Hare, winter, mature
4. Hare stomach, winter, mature
5. Back and sides, winter Hare not mature
6. Blue sides, winter Hare not mature
7. Hare belly, winter Hare not mature
8. Hare back and sides, autumn
9. Hare belly, autumn
10. Hare back and sides, summer
11. Hare belly, summer
12. Wild Rabbit back
13. Wild Rabbit sides
14. Wild Rabbit belly
15. Garenne back
16. Tame Rabbit belly
17. Hutch Rabbit gray back
18. Ash Color back
19. Hutch Rabbit back
20. Black Rabbit back
21. Multi Color back
22. Hutch white Rabbit back

These are the most common qualities. I was able to share some experiences. Some can be seen in the book by C. Bortfeld, a specialist in this field. The industry itself has difficulty obtaining such communications. Because most manufacturers want to keep their experience for themselves and evaluate themselves. Finally, I would like to characterize the breeding goal, which suggests the manufacturer. He prefers firm, elastic and dense skins with fine and tough hair. Suppleness, which increases with the hardness of the weather, is desired. Furthermore, precious luster, which depends on weather and age, is very popular. Especially bright colors are preferred. The moisture content may not exceed 2 percent if purchased.

#1881 Ottmar Reich Hutfabrik

Posted by habigman on 16 February 2018 - 05:21 PM in German Hat Companies

Ottmar Reich probably mid to late 1930 to early 1940s. I think the straw type is probably Asia sourced (possibly Japanese Paper Panama) but bleached in Germany. Interesting bow design, brim treatment and form. There is no paper label and I assume it probably had some type of crown tip patch originally. This is definitely a rare find. This came from the same East German (near Leipzig) seller of the recent Echt Velour.