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Pre WWII Borsalino made for the German market. It is a size 6 Punti but the sweatband is marked 6 1/2. This hat is really fantastic! smile.gif

 

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My (Frau Gerda Max Müller) father´s (Herr Karl Max) Borsalino

History

 

Kurzfassung:

Gekauft vermutlich zwischen 1921 und 1929 in Karlsruhe,

getragen bis 1948,

im Schrank gelagert bis 2010,

wieder entdeckt im Februar 2010,

bei ebay versteigert Ende März 2010

an den neuen Besitzer in USA.

 

 

Über den Hut selbst kann ich nicht viel erzählen, denn ich habe die Zeit, als er gekauft wurde und auch die Jahre später nicht selbt erlebt. Meine Mutter lebt nicht mehr und kann mir keine Auskunft geben.

 

Deshalb muß ich zuerst von meinem Vater erzählen.

 

Er war von Beruf Elektromeister und Rundfunktechniker. Zur Ausbildung lebte von 1921 bis 1929 in Karlsruhe. Er war ein Fan von Richard Tauber, der in dieser Zeit hin und wieder an der Karlsruher Oper gesungen hat und sehr populär war.Wir hatten einige Schallplattenaufnahmen von ihm, die durch die Kriegswirren verlorengegangen sind. In Wikipedia ist der Tenor mit einem Hut abgebildet, den ich für einen Borsalino halte. http://en.wikipedia..../Richard_Tauber. Ich denke, mein Vater kaufte sich in dieser Zeit den Borsalino in Karlsruhe. In den 20er Jahren nach dem ersten Weltkrieg waren die jungen Menschen in Deutschland sehr modebewußt.

 

Nach seiner Ausbildung eröffnete mein Vater in einem kleinen Ort in der Nähe von Heidelberg ein Rundfunkgeschäft und übernahm die Betriebsleitung eines privaten Kraf twerkes. Er war oft auf Geschäftsreise in seinem eigenen Auto. Er war immer korrekt und sorgfältig gekleidet und trug dazu den Borsalino.

Ab 1939 konnte man in Deutschland keine schicken Kleider mehr kaufen. Deshalb ging mein Vater sorgfältig mit dem Borsalino um und pflegte ihn.

Durch einen Berufsunfall hatte mein Vater ein steifes Bein und musste nicht Soldat werden. Er durfte wegen des Kraftwerkes und der Energieversorgung des Ortes sein Auto behalten und den Krieg über fahren.

 

Jetzt erst setzt meine Erinnerung ein, denn ich war in dieser Zeit noch ein Kind. Wenn mein Vater geschäftlich unterwegs war, trug er den Borsalino.

 

Nach Kriegsende wurden wir amerikanische Besatzungszone. Mein Vater organisierte zusammen mit dem Ortskommandanten der amerikanischen Besatzungssoldaten den Wiederaufbau des Stromnetzes. Die Energieversorgung mußte schnell wieder hergestellt werden. In den letzten Kriegstagen wurde das Elektrizitätsnetz noch zerstört. Dafür wurde mein Vater jeden Morgen mit einem Militärfahrzeug abgeholt (kein Jeep wegen des steifen Beines). Und er trug den Borsalino. Die Soldaten und auch der Kommandant waren gut zu uns Kindern und unserer Familie. Das Kraftwerk war "Off Limits". Der Kommandant, Hinkel aus NewYork, freundete sich mit meinem Vater an. Er schickte uns nach seiner Rückkehr in die USA regelmäßig Päckchen.

 

Im Februar 1948 erkrankte mein Vater an einer schweren Lungenentzündung. Antibiotika konnte man nur auf dem schwarzen Markt bekommen. Er verstarb innerhalb einer Woche an seinem 44. Geburtstag. Die Familie war wie betäubt. Seine Kleider schenkten wir den Flüchtlingen aus dem Osten. Den Borsalino aber verwahrten wir sorgfältig in einem Schrank. Kürzlich machte ich den Schrank leer und entdeckte den Borsalino. Ich hatte ihn vergessen. Er war noch makellos und unversehrt. Ich bot ihn bei ebay zum Verkauf an und er landete in den USA. Mein Vater würde sich darüber freuen.

 

Google transaltion.

 

My (Mrs. Gerda Max Müller) father's (Mr. Karl Max) Borsalino

History

 

Abstract:

Probably bought in 1921-1929 Karlsruhe,

worn until 1948,

stored in the closet until 2010,

rediscovered in February 2010,

auctioned on ebay in late March 2010

to the new owner in USA.

 

 

About the hat itself, I can not tell you much, because I have the time, when he was bought and not experienced the selbt years later. My mother is not alive and can give me any information.

 

Therefore, I must first tell you of my father.

 

He was a professional electrician and radio technician. To form lived from 1921 to 1929 in Karlsruhe. He was a fan of Richard Tauber, who at this time every now and again sang at the Karlsruhe Opera, and very popular war.Wir had some recordings of him that have been lost through the ravages of war. Wikipedia in the tenor is shown with a hat, which I think is a Borsalino. http://en.wikipedia..../Richard_Tauber. I think my father bought in this time the Borsalino in Karlsruhe. In the 20 years after World War II, the young people in Germany were very fashion conscious.

 

After his training, my father opened in a small town near Heidelberg, a broadcasting business and took over the management of a private Kraf twerk. He was often on business in his own car. He was always dressed properly and carefully and contributed to the Borsalino.

From 1939 you could buy in Germany do not send any more clothes. That's why my father was careful with the Borsalino and nursed him.

By an occupational accident my father had a stiff leg and did not have to be a soldier. He was allowed to keep because of the power plant and the energy of the place his car and go to war over.

 

Now only uses my memory because I was at this time still a child. When my father was away on business, he wore the Borsalino.

 

After the war we were American occupation zone. My father organized together with the local commander of the American soldiers rebuilding the power grid. The power supply had to be quickly restored. In the last days of the war the electric grid was not destroyed. For my father every morning was met with a military vehicle (not a jeep because of the stiff leg). And he wore the Borsalino. The soldiers and the commander were good to us kids and our family. The power plant was "off limits". The commander, Hinkel from New York became friends, in with my father. He sent us after his return regularly to the U.S. package.

 

In February 1948 my father became ill with severe pneumonia. Antibiotics could only get on the black market. He died within a week of his 44th Birthday. The family was stunned. His clothes we donated to refugees from the East. The Borsalino but we held carefully in a cupboard. Recently I took the empty cupboard and the Borsalino discovered. I had forgotten him. He was still pristine and intact. I offered it for sale on ebay and he landed in the U.S.. My father would be pleased.

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Borsalino made for the German market. This is a new old stock from 1979. The brim is slightly over 2 inches with a 5 1/2 inch open crown. The typical pliable felt is greyish and has some interesting stitching which I find appealing. Also like the liner color.

 

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Borsalino Export Qualität, black, size 5 1/2 Punti, missing wind trolley button, probably early - mid 1960s. The brim can be worn up or down. I have a Wegener and Mayser of similar style and weight. In hand this would not feel like most Borsalinos people have encountered.

 

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Echter Borsalino Export Qualität "Gulaela" possibly late 1950s.  The "Export Qualität" designation was added in the mid 1950s.  The medium weight black Felt is very dense and has great smooth finish plus very pliable.  The lower profile Form results in a unique look.  The overall condition is excellent.  

 

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These beauties belong to Manfred (Fritz).

 

"This old Homburger was expressly made for Fritz Reinhardt Frankfurt.

The paper label inside was destroyed. Some stains on the crossgrain band on the brim."

 

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"This nice Borsalino was also expressly made for Fritz Reinhardt Frankfurt and has

a retailer Sweatband . No paper label inside. The hat was mostly worn with brim up. I will do it also!"

 

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Echter Borsalino, size 5 1/2 Point, probably 1930s. This Echter Borsalino was later (1980s?) setup in a military crease. It was sold by Carl Kellner Hamburg (I have a some other hats from this shop). The felt is very thick and stiff which is not usually associated with Borsalinos. I have no idea if this stiffness is a later result of trying to make into a military style hat. Unfortunately the sweatband (a real beauty) is damaged but over all the hat is in good shape. I think the bow is especially nice and also the tip patch.

 

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Echter Borsalino, date stamped 9/10/38. This great find belongs to Manfred.

 

"Sweatband stitching damaged, ribbon and bow damaged! I knew that before I have commanded."

 

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"After sewing the sweatband, I gave him a new vintage ribbon and a new flanging.

That is the finished hat! Echter Borsalino Color Mirtillo a dark blue / black."

 

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Echter Borsalino, very good condition, confirmed 1929. The felt is very soft and light with a unique box bow design for this style hat. It has an fantastic over welt curled brim. There is no tape at the sweatband seam and the non-reed sweatband is very finely stitched to the hat. There is a Point 5 size label at the sweatband seam which I don't believe I have seen before. What is great is it actually fits which is odd because Borsalino hats usually run small. I was afraid to pull back the sweatband but I did take a peak at the paper label and it has the Borsalino name finely printed on the left. The Berlin store / hat company (Max Eckard) that sold it did not survive WWII. The box is from a different Berlin hat store (Wilhelm Gaedke)that also didn't survive WWII. This isn't the hat I bid on but it so fantastic I can't complain. There were (are) a series of hats from an estate sale and the seller was very confusing to say the least.

 

Update: I checked the paper label behind the sweatband and the size is 5 1/2 Point.

 

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Max Eckard Hutfabrik, Friedrichstrasse Ecke Leipzigerstrasse, Berlin (1909)

 

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Max Eckard Spittelmarkt, Berlin, 1909

 

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Coup on Spittelmarkt in Berlin - March 1920

 

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This is the hat store / factory (didn't survive WWII) that sold the above Echter Borsalino.  I couldn't find anything else on Max Eckard.

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Echter Borsalino, size Point 6 1/2, Mint condition, date stamped 17.5.29 (May 17, 1929). The felt is very soft / light weight with a unique box bow design for this style hat and also has a wind cord. It has an fantastic over welt curled brim and the non-reed sweatband is very finely stitched to the hat. I was able to take a photo of the paper label which has a hand written Point size and the words "Bismuto" (Bismuth) and "Sanboca"(?). The Berlin store / hat company (Max Eckard) that sold it did not survive WWII. The box is from a Berlin hat store (Philipp Neubauer Berlin)that survived WWII but not the locations listed (I have / had a few hats from this store). This a the same model / seller as the previous Point 5 1/2 size Max Eckard Echter Borsalino.

 

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Echter Borsalino, 5 1/2 inch open crown, 2 1/2 inch brim, size 6 Point, very good condition, date stamped May 18, 1929. The felt is very soft / light weight with a unique very wide ribbon and bow design. It has an fantastic over welt that doesn't allow snapping. The sweatband and silk liner (unique color) are of the highest quality. I was able to take a photo of the paper label which has a hand written Point size and the words "Fico" and "Lama". The Berlin store / hat company (Max Eckard) that sold it did not survive WWII. The box is from a different Berlin hat store (Wilhelm Gaedke) that also didn't survive WWII. This hat is from the same seller as the Point 5 1/2 and Point 6 1/2 Max Eckard "Sanboca" Echter Borsalinos. All three hats are very special / rare finds.

 

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Continued.

 

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Here are some photos open crown.

 

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Close-up of the brim stitching. I had to snap the brim down to take the photo. The angled stitching is visible with brim up which causes an unusual effect where the welt edge looks like it has a saw tooth cut.

 

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G.B.Borsalino Fu Lazzaro & C."ZENIT", from the Gotisches Haus (Gothic House) Bad Homburg

, Germany hat collection, probably late 1920s. It's a Point 5 1/2 / English Size 7 1/8 (58 cm, US Size 7 1/4). This hat was made for the German market and is in super condition.

 

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Echter Borsalino from the Gotisches Haus (Gothic House) Bad Homburg, Germany hat collection, probably late 1920s early 1930s. It's a Point 5 1/2 size (58 cm, US Size 7 1/4). This hat was made for the German market and is in very good condition.

 

Gotischen Haus Hat Museum, Bad Homburg, Germany

 

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Echter Borsalino from the Gotisches Haus (Gothic House) Bad Homburg, Germany hat collection, probably late 1920s early 1930s. It's a size Point 6 1/2 size (60 cm, US Size 7 1/2). This hat was made for the German market and is in very good condition.

 

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Echter Borsalino, Point 7, probably late 1950s. This one was a Flea Market find by Manfred. Here are his notes.

Here are his notes. "This Export Borsalino in a mid gray - the sweatband was hard and loose on  some

points! The ribbon I create new because the Original ribbon had water Spots! A size 7" 

 

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Echter Borsalino "Amiata", 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).  

 

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Unique wind cord wrapping. 

 

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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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