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Kehl am Rhein, Germany

 

Rehfus history found by Fritz (Manfred).

 

here is a Google Translation of the History of Rehfus.

 

Two step-brothers Rudolf Ferdinand and John Carl Rehfus, who had learned both the merchant craft, built in 1867 in the village of Kehl-hat factory Rehfus.

The hat factory Rehfus'sche could quickly claim due to the excellent quality of their hats on the market. 1895 the company employed about 170 employees. Initially, only hats made of rabbit hair and rabbit hair were made. With the start of the new century, the fashion changed and the Hatter Rehfus'schen rose successfully to the production of lightweight stiff hats (popularly known as melon) around.

Charlie Chaplin made the melon acceptable and gave the models Rehfus'schen »Aerifor," "paradox" and "Zephyr" good sales. Even in South America, Holland, England and Scandinavia was one of melons throat. "Furs are sold in Leipzig, in stiff hats Rehfus in Kehl," read a slogan from England. The racer from the house Rehfus was the "Upper Country", a hat made of waterproof tumbled fur, found mainly in the hunting circles very popular and was made after the First World War as a normal Straßenhut in all colors and shapes.

1890, Carl-Johann Rehfus leads the business in hand. He was ten years ago joined the company as general manager. His second passion next to the company was hunting. The family owned a large area on the small Kronenhof and Carl-Johann was touched as a boy with his friend, the son of the Upper Hunter Fritz, through the extensive coppices. Later he moved into distant climes, to moose hunting or bear hunting by Norway to Russia.

Under the pseudonym of "Upper Countries", he published numerous books that have become classics of hunting literature. His passion was so great that he did sign in 1907 the additional name "Upper Country" at the Karlsruhe Department of Justice.

Carl-Johann Rehfus Oberländer died in 1926. In his footsteps, his son Carl-Hans, who had joined the company in 1908 and how his father was an avid hunter.

The Third Reich and the Second World War also went to the hat factory Rehfus'schen not go unnoticed. The principal walked in, were now ordered uniform caps. However, when it was linked by a major contract with the condition to join the Nazi party, put the hat factory Rehfus the production of these caps without further ado.

After the war, until 1951, the work can be resumed. During the occupation, the factory had been looted and damaged, only months-long cleanup and a credit under the Marshall Plan could start production again. But the fashion changed again and brought an entire industry to stumble - you went (s) now without a hat. In 1963, the Rehfus'sche hat factory closed its doors forever. The competition did not fare any better: in 1970, of the 30 hat factories in the country that housed the entire production line under one roof, remains only five.

Carl-Hans-Rehfus Oberländer died in 1976. The last representative of the traditional family is the now 88-year-old hat maker, interpreter and photographer Maria Rehfus-Oberlander, who returned after the death of her father's throat in order to take care of her mother Alice.

Today the gatehouse of the former hat factory Rehfus'schen sitting cross-border and European institutions. The inn "Rehfus" on the main street was demolished 1954th The site now serves as the post office parking lot.

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REHFUS - Federleicht Fedora (1950s)

 

This hat belongs to my friend Herbert Jennissen of Hut-Neubarth, Ausgburg. It is very similar style wise to Adam and Lee hats of the 1950s.

 

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Rehfus history found by Fritz (Manfred).

 

here is a Google Translation of the History of Rehfus.

 

Two step-brothers Rudolf Ferdinand and John Carl Rehfus, who had learned both the merchant craft, built in 1867 in the village of Kehl-hat factory Rehfus.

The hat factory Rehfus'sche could quickly claim due to the excellent quality of their hats on the market. 1895 the company employed about 170 employees. Initially, only hats made of rabbit hair and rabbit hair were made. With the start of the new century, the fashion changed and the Hatter Rehfus'schen rose successfully to the production of lightweight stiff hats (popularly known as melon) around.

Charlie Chaplin made the melon acceptable and gave the models Rehfus'schen »Aerifor," "paradox" and "Zephyr" good sales. Even in South America, Holland, England and Scandinavia was one of melons throat. "Furs are sold in Leipzig, in stiff hats Rehfus in Kehl," read a slogan from England. The racer from the house Rehfus was the "Upper Country", a hat made of waterproof tumbled fur, found mainly in the hunting circles very popular and was made after the First World War as a normal Straßenhut in all colors and shapes.

1890, Carl-Johann Rehfus leads the business in hand. He was ten years ago joined the company as general manager. His second passion next to the company was hunting. The family owned a large area on the small Kronenhof and Carl-Johann was touched as a boy with his friend, the son of the Upper Hunter Fritz, through the extensive coppices. Later he moved into distant climes, to moose hunting or bear hunting by Norway to Russia.

Under the pseudonym of "Upper Countries", he published numerous books that have become classics of hunting literature. His passion was so great that he did sign in 1907 the additional name "Upper Country" at the Karlsruhe Department of Justice.

Carl-Johann Rehfus Oberländer died in 1926. In his footsteps, his son Carl-Hans, who had joined the company in 1908 and how his father was an avid hunter.

The Third Reich and the Second World War also went to the hat factory Rehfus'schen not go unnoticed. The principal walked in, were now ordered uniform caps. However, when it was linked by a major contract with the condition to join the Nazi party, put the hat factory Rehfus the production of these caps without further ado.

After the war, until 1951, the work can be resumed. During the occupation, the factory had been looted and damaged, only months-long cleanup and a credit under the Marshall Plan could start production again. But the fashion changed again and brought an entire industry to stumble - you went (s) now without a hat. In 1963, the Rehfus'sche hat factory closed its doors forever. The competition did not fare any better: in 1970, of the 30 hat factories in the country that housed the entire production line under one roof, remains only five.

Carl-Hans-Rehfus Oberländer died in 1976. The last representative of the traditional family is the now 88-year-old hat maker, interpreter and photographer Maria Rehfus-Oberlander, who returned after the death of her father's throat in order to take care of her mother Alice.

Today the gatehouse of the former hat factory Rehfus'schen sitting cross-border and European institutions. The inn "Rehfus" on the main street was demolished 1954th The site now serves as the post office parking lot.

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This one belongs to Manfred (Fritz).

 

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The Imprint on the sweatband shows "Abt. Oberländer" / Dept. UpperCountry in English. We mean it was an alpine Hat, it is for Rehfus a Hunting Hat.

That hat was "The racer from the house Rehfus was the "Oberländer", a hat made of waterproof tumbled fur, found mainly in the hunting circles very popular and was made after the First World War as a normal Street Hat in all colors and shapes.

Rehfus gave himself the nickname Oberländer.

Enter 1907 the additional name "Oberländer" at the Karlsruhe Department of Justice did.

Carl Johann Rehfus Oberländer-died in 1926.

 

This Book was written by Carl Johann Rehfus-Oberländer.

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This beautiful Melone belongs to Manfred (Fritz). I had Manfred check the weight and it is 115 grams. The 70 grams must be for the hat body only. Still amazingly light!

 

"The Rehfus & Cie ZEPHYR Melone arrived today.

Weight 70g double Ventilated EXTRA EXTRA QUALITY

Outside condition is very good. Inside worn. Size 55,5 cm. A little bit to small."

 

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This one belongs to Richard on the FL. My guess is 1960s.

 

"A new arrival from the weekend. The seller had decided plastic bags were sufficient packaging, so it needed a bit of steaming and shaping..."

 

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(1895)

 

EXTRA EXTRA QUALITY

 

The lightest elegant men's stiff felt hat available. The sweatband carries in gold print the above factory mark of unsurpassed durability. Wonderful new ventilation system. Stocked in the finer hat shops at home and abroad.

 

See Manfred's Melone above.

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Rehfus Hutfabrikanten Homburg, measures ~ 61cm, probably mid to later 1950s. The model name is actually "Homburg" and in very good condition. This is my first Rehfus & Cie and it's very well made but a very large size.

 

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Rehfus & Cie ZEPHIR Extra Extra Quality, possibly early 1950s but could be older. This pristine beauty belongs to Manfred.

 

"So here are the photos of the Rehfus Zephyr Melone in Size 55,5. The Condition is outstanding.

The liner looks old but the sweatband is a retailer sweatband and definitely younger. Also the liner is glued not stitched."

 

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Rehfus & Cie. "Olympia Extra Qualität", Point 5 1/2, Crown 5 1/2 inches, Brim 2 1/2 inches, probably early to mid 1950s. The felt is of a heavier weight but pliable. Also a great shade of blue with a very nice finish. High quality components and construction.

 

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Hat Manufactory Of Rehfus & Co, Kehl Near Strasburg, Information On The Manufacture in English, German, French and Spanish languages, 1883

 

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As a result of the lively traffic that has emerged in `grounded recent years among a large number of houses of different nations and our factory, it has become absolutely necessary, to facilitate commerce, the purchaser of all the details of the production, the division of clarifying both on grades, etc. in a comprehensive manner and in their common language. This necessity on the one hand and then but mostly the complication of production (increase of qualities, stiffeners, fittings etc.) which ended with the formation of the hat industry go hand in hand, have prompted us to present brochure containing communications about our brand in German , English, publish French and Spanish.

 

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Our business partners will find in it hints of all the points that are in the task of commissions of any importance.

In the assumption that in a regular stand-connection to be friends for a long time to interest us for our Establishment closer, we do at this point some brief communications on its development, today's production capability and various business facilities.

The factory was founded in 1865 in Lahr and relocated in 1367 under significant enlargement to Kehl.

The business crisis of recent years has even created us some problems, but they could not prevent a steady development.

In the service of our manufacturing today are 2 steam engines of together 70 horse-powers and about 50 of the most diverse machines Hülfs latest Construction.

Sämmtliche in our factory for use next hair fabrics are cut by 2 hair-cutting machines (Coupeuses) from fur; 6 large Masmaschinen (Souffleuses)

 

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serve to purify the substance, which then by 2 Clocheinaschinen (Baslisseuses) and 4 Walk-machine (Fouleuses) to stumps (Cloche) is processed. - By cutting machines 172000 piece of hare and rabbit skins were processed in the past year; the pro-production in the same year amounted to 76350 pieces finished hats sold by GERMANY, FRANCE, BELGIUM, HOLLAND, SWITZERLAND, SWEDEN NORWAY, England, Greece, South America and various Asian islands.

The number of workers has. Under the influence of the increasingly pervasive use machine-reduced and puts up today to 230 heads

Through our offices in Paris, London, Berlin, Hamburg and Brussels, we are always taught quickly and accurately on all movements in the field of fashion, so that in our Collection anytime all novelties are represented.

 

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To continually demonstrate our customers the latest fashion phenomena, we provide twice a year, in December for the spring season, in June for the fall season in an edition of 1,500 copies, photographic images of the latest take out that sent out in every possible become. Once we hope to have made you this way with all the facilities of our factory, you could to interest, succeeding in known, we recommend the following instructive communications on our Make your attention and draw

 

Yours faithfully

Rehfus & Cie

 

English Language Section

 

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Continued.

 

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The "Incroyable" is a stiff felt hat at 60 or 70 grams (just the hat body) which was super light weight. Manfred has a latter model 70 gram Rehfus & Cie "Zephyr".

 

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"Nutria", is made of Monkey's hairs. (I checked and Monkey is also in the other languages! :) )

 

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Gesetzlich Geschützt (Registered), Reform Doppel (Double) Ventilator, Rehfus & Cie Zephyr 70 Gramm, Extra Extra Qualität, Leichtester (Lightest) Herrenhut (Men's Hat). This appears to be cut from a document from the early 1900s. Rehfus & Cie made very light weight Stiff Felt Hats.

 

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Manfred actually had a Rehfus & Cie Zephyr 70 Gramm, Extra Extra Qualität Stiff Felt (see link below) and the total weight was 115 grams so the 70 grams was just the weight of the felt. Regardless 115 grams is super light for a Stiff Felt Hat.

 

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Rehfus & Cie Zephyr, Extra Extra Qualität Stiff Felt probably early 1900s.  It super light at 102 grams which is 13 grams lighter than Manfred's one. This one belongs to Stefan (Steur) on the FL. 

 

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Rehfus & Cie. Hat Factory "Olympia", French Point 5 / 57, probably late 1950s very early 1960s. They were located (Kehl am Rhein, Baden) close to France (Strasbourg / Strassburg) so probably why they used French Point sizing. Rehfus & Cie. closed in 1963.

 

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Open Crown

 

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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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Rehfus & Cie. "Zephyr" "Extra Extra Qualität", French Point 5 1/2.  The condition is excellent so probably seldom worn. It came with an original shop Hat Case and Hat Brush.  I am thinking post WWII but still uses Rehfus & Cie. and the 1950s Soft Felts used Rehfus Hutfabrikaten. Also the factory was heavily damaged + looted after WWII and didn't go back into production until 1951. 

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Original Hat Case from Hut Höfer Hagen Westfalen.

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Hat Brush from Hut Höfer Hagen Westfalen.

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