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Founded by Carl Gottlob Wilke in 1822 Guben, Germany. He invented the weather-proof wool hat and was a major contributor in the mechanization of hat making. Wilke manufactured both wool and hare/rabbit felt hats. Wilke was nationalized after WWII and stopped production in the early 1990s.

 

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I found some interesting information regarding C. G. Wilke Hutfabrik, Guben (East Germany) . Appears Guben was important hat making center similar to Nový Jičín (Neutitschein) -> Peschel, Brüder Böhm, Peschel. Unfortunately the hat museum closed in 2005 but the site has some good information.

 

http://www.acol.de/hutmuseum/index.htm

 

Appears some it was moved here.

 

http://www.technikmuseen.de/127.0.html

 

A video on the Guben hat making industry.

 

http://lexi-tv.de/themen/kunst_und_kultur/huete

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C. G. Wilke Melone (Bowler), size 55cm, probably late 1920s early 30s. They were a famous hat company out of Guben (near Berlin), Germany prior to WWII.

 

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Very unique logo design!

 

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A book I have on C. G. Wilke "Die Hutmacher".

 

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Manfred, I am going to post the links to the Wilke 75th Anniversary book you found.

 

This is a very interesting document that covers both wool and fur felt hat making at Wilke Hutfabrik Guben (near Berlin), Germany at the turn of the 19th century. Many interesting photos too.

 

http://friedrich.song-vision.de/downloads/die_wilkesche_hutfabrik.pdf

 

Google translation.

 

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Manfred, I am going to post the links to the Wilke 75th Anniversary book you found.

 

This is a very interesting document that covers both wool and fur felt hat making at Wilke Hutfabrik Guben (near Berlin), Germany at the turn of the 19th century. Many interesting photos too.

 

http://friedrich.song-vision.de/downloads/die_wilkesche_hutfabrik.pdf

 

Google translation.

 

https://www.box.net/shared/0bun4bvrlhaspmhuj1d1

 

 

Thank you Steve for posting the links.

The photos are great

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C. G. Wilke "Haar Rival", 59cm. possibly late 1920s early 1930s. Guben was the major German hat making center prior to WWII. I have never encountered a soft felt from this era and even the Melone are a rare find.

 

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C. G. Wilke Blitz

 

First old soft felt C. G. Wilke that I have come across so this is a rare one. It's most likely from the 1930s but could be older. Unfortunately the non-reed sweatband was hand stitched back in place but otherwise complete. Fantastic silver gray Velour that is very close in quality to JHS Velour. I assume that Hut-Seidel Frankfurt a.0. (Oder in east Germany) is related to Hut-Seidel München. Size 56cm.

 

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This pristine beauty belongs to Manfred. The men's store (Richard Nebel Bautzen, east Germany) that it came from is still in business!

 

"Wilke Electron Melone arrived today! Very nice Melone, light weight, 156g, size 56. Unfortunately the sweatband stitching is loose. I repaired it. "

 

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C.G. Wilke Velour (Guben, Germany), measures ~ 59cm, crown ~ 6 inches open, brim ~ 2 1/2 inches, non-reeded sweatband, 148 grams, probably early 1930s. This one is in very good condition with all original parts. The Velour felt and finish are very high quality. Also a unique light green-blue silk liner. Been looking for one these in my size for a long time. The only other pre 1940 soft felt C.G. Wilke I have is a small size and in below average condition.

 

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C.G. Wilke Flamand, over welt, size 59cm. Has all the original parts including the tip patch. Really fantastic / unique felt. I am thinking 1920s.

 

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I found the hat shop (Reinhold Mette Freiberg) was established in 1926 and is still owned by the family today (Barbara Mette Freiberg). I assume the shop is still in business. Prior to opening the hat shop they manufactured fur felt ware (established 1825).

 

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Obermarkt 6 Freiberg, Saxony

 

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C. G. Wilke Velourhüte, C. G. Wilke Lodenhüte Postcard (1932)

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Based on the folk song "Mein Hut, der hat drei Ecken". Thanks to Steve (Steve1857)  on the FL for this information.

Mein Hut, der hat drei Ecken,

drei Ecken hat mein Hut.

Und hätt er nicht drei Ecken,

so wär’s auch nicht mein Hut.

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Hat Factory C. G. Wilke, Guben advertisement from "Fabrikation von Damen- und Herren- Filzhüten, Der Deustchen Hutmacher Zeitung (1933)".

 

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"The Wilke Hat has no Dark Side, but still in the Shadow, you can see the Wilke Hat"

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C. G. Wilke "Platina"

 

A really fantastic tiny gem of a hat. The felt is the lightest and softest I have ever encountered. Probably the early 1930s maybe a bit earlier. I doubt it was worn much at all. I also think it might have been modified maybe by the shop that sold it.

 

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I found the hat related meaning of "Flamand".

 

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"The unshorn Velour hair called Flamand;...."

 

Fabrikation von Damen- und Herren- Filzhüten, Der Deustchen Hutmacher Zeitung,188 (1933)

Fabrication of Women's and Men's Felt Hats, German Hat Makers News,188 (1933)

 

C.G. Wilke "Flamand"

 

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C.G. Wilke "Bürstel Electra", 58cm, Open Crown 6 inches, Brim 2 1/4 inches probably later 1930s. I received this fantastic gray Wilke Velour via trade with Fastuni (Armin). The Velour finish is really nice and it still has the original paper size label. It originally had a Crease Clip/Holder. I could tell by the wear on the liner label and the remnants of a very sharp center crease. This hat has already been posted but these new photos are more accurate color wise. Also a really great model name. C.G. Wilke like use interesting model names.

 

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In my opinion the best logo I have seen!

 

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C. G. Wilke, Brim Over Welt 2 1/2 inches , Crown Open 6 inches, paper label missing, measures 57cm but marked 56cm on paper laberl, probably later 1920s maybe early 1930s. The hat originally had a liner. The Velour is really fantastic but it has some nicks. 

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C. G. Wilke Guben photos and documents from the Stadt- und Industriemuseum Guben collection.

 

C. G. Wilke, 111 Years (1933)

 

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Time Clock (1920-29)

 

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Women of the Felting Department (1910)

 

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Women of the Dressing Department (1920-29)

 

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Statutes of the company's sickness fund of the hat factory C.G. Wilke in Guben-Druck by the publisher Albert Koenig in Guben. (1914)

 

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Certificate of the State Insurance Institution Brandenburg by Charlotte Zindler for offsetting at the factory sickness fund of the hat factory C.G. Wilke. (1938)

 

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At the end of the war in 1945, the company premises and the production facilities of the company C.G. Wilke were destroyed or severely damaged by about 45%. These included the middle building, a warehouse, workshops and the administrative building as well as the private villa of the Wilke family. The last eight weeks of war in February and March 1945, in which Guben was a frontier, brought the economic ruin to the once flourishing and traditional Gubener hat industry. At the end of the Second World War nearly 90% of the historic city center was destroyed. The city resembled a rubble landscape. In the western part of the city about 20% of the building fabric was affected by destruction, including numerous industrial plants.

 

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Destroyed Villa Wilke in Guben, 1945

 

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Letterhead C.G. Wilke; Guben, 12/23/1947

 

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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).  The footnote contains some info on Guben's pre WWII major hat companies C.W. Wilke and Berlin - Gubener Hutfabrik, post WWII  VEB Vereinigte HutWerke Guben, and post unification Gubener Hüte GmbH.   

 

"In Guben (city law since 1235, known as cloth-maker town) developed the hat maker Carl Gottlob Wilke 1822 waterproof wool felt hat. His sons - especially Friedrich Wilke - made from the hat maker's workshop the largest Gubener hat factory, the C G. Wilke hair and wool felt hat factory Guben. In addition came as another large business, in addition to several smaller hat factories, the Berlin-Gubener hat factory, founded by Apelius Cohn and Hermann Lewin (Berlin 1859, Guben 1876), which employed in 1922 alone 3000 workers and employees. In 1927, the year of crisis in Westallgäu's straw hat industry, Guben had a total of 7,460 people working in the felt hat industry. In the same year, around 10 million hats were produced, of which around 30 percent were for export. For comparison: In 1925, the city of Lindenberg had a total of 5,168 inhabitants, and in 1927 it was probably not much more. In March 1946, the Berlin-Gubener Hutfabrik was dismantled as reparations to the Soviet Union; 1952 developed from the C. G. Wilke hat factory in conjunction with the other Gubener hat factories, the national VEB Vereinigte Hut-Werke Guben with about 1,200 employees; In 1989, 1.2 million stumps and 800,000 felt hats were produced there.

 

After the turnaround, the state-owned enterprise was privatized in 1990 by the Treuhandanstalt and transformed into the Gubener Hüte GmbH. The number of employees sank to 600; In 1992 there were still 70, the end of 1999 with 10 employees, the operation was closed. In summer 2006, a hat and technology museum was opened in a building of the old hat factory C. G. Wilke."

 

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

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C. G. Wilke "Helios", 58cm, Wool, 186 grams, possibly late 1920s to 1930s.  This Wool Stiff Felt is in near mint condition so a great find.  The liner really shines especially at the center so that might be the reason for calling it "Helios".  I didn't get a good photo of the label because I didn't want to break the super fine threads that hold the sweatband together.  The sweatband has a reed on the outer edge which is fairly common with old German and Austrian Stiff Felts.

 

 

 

 

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