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Johann Hückel´s Söhne - Hückel Hutfabrik Weilheim

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Fritz Hückel,Weilheim Zephyr Seal Velour (size 58cm)

 

This beauty belongs to RLK on the FL.

 

This hat can be dated between 1951-57 since Stanley W. Unger left the Palmer House Hotel at the end of 1950 to move to the Bismarck Hotel Lobby as well as in the Chicago Board of Trade Building. The Bismarck Hotel Store had a "Going Out of Business Sale" Jan.-Mar. of 1958. He retired a few years later and had an additional store in Evanston less than a mile from where I now live. The wide double-thickness brim edge has no stitching so is either felted or a glued overwelt and its 1-7/8" wide. The crown dips to 4-1/4" at the front and rises to 5". The sweatband has the accordion-pleated front ventilation. Super-soft plush felt. In great condition except for a case of "ring around the collar".

 

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I received this Hückel Exhibition catalog from the Nový Jičín Museum. It is in Czech (Czech posters can read) but the photos are interesting. The exhibition runs until the end of February. Hückel was nationalized as TONAK after WWII. The Hückel family ended up in Weilheim Germany where they started a hat factory. They owned the Hückel name rights for Germany and closed business in 1975. TONAK owned the Hückel name rights outside of Germany starting in the mid 1950s.

 

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I was sent this photo from Radek Polach who is in charge of the hat collection at the Nový Jičín Museum and is the author of the Hückel exhibition catalog. This photo is from the opening of the Hückel exhibition. The ladies to the right and left are Hückel family members. They were both born in Nový Jičín but ended up in Germany shortly after WWII.

 

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I also received this "Hats Off" Exhibition Catalog from Radek Polach of the Nový Jičín Museum. This exhibition features hats made by Hückel, Peschel and Brüder Böhm (most pre WWII). It is in Czech but has some nice photos. All three hat factories were located in Nový Jičín and where nationalized as TONAK after WWII. The Hückel and Peschel famalies ended up in Germany where they opened factories while the Böhm family opened a factory in Austria.

 

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This J. Hückel´s Söhne Hutfabrik (Neutitschein, Austria) post card is from 1908. This factory is now TONAK (Nový Jičín, Czech Republic) and the world's oldest.

 

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J. Hückel´s Söhne Wien, French Point Size 4 1/4, possibly early 1900s. 

 

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The liner is removable and there is also a company logo on the felt.

 

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1930s gray Hückel Superior Crystall Velour, size 54cm. This velour is a higher grade than my black Hückel Seal Velour and similar to my black Hückel Sigma Velour. It has a similar sweatband and hanging cord as my other two Hückel Superiors (not velours) and is in very good condition. The bow work is unique and it doesn't have a country of origin.

 

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I found some information on Lorenz Jungwirth of Waging a. See, Bavaria who was the owner of the hat.

 

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The first Waging team of TSV in 1932 from left: Louis Penninger, Franz Waldherr, Josef Bauer, Lorenz Jungwirth, Dusi Fischer, Franz (Pauli) Waldherr, Hans Kronbichler; Josef Krieger, Hans Weth, Anton Schmid, Louis Feil

 

Corporal Lorenz Jungwirth

born 1911 Waging

22/07/1941, 30J. Russia

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This one belongs to RLK (Robert)on the FL. "No sweatband but otherwise in good but dusty condition. Has the exterior baste-stitches along the top edge of the hatband. A short hair velour like the Borsalino XXX." I am thinking late 60s.

 

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Here is a Nový Jičín Museum booklet (the first part is ladies hat companies) with info (in Czech) and photos of Hückel, Peschel and Brüder Böhm operations. I have never seen (although some of the hats above could be) a Peschel or Brüder Böhm that was made in Nový Jičín. They are beyond rare.

 

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This Johann Hückel´s Söhne belongs to RLK of the FL. It will be interesting to see the restore.

 

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"A bit of wear on this one although the felt appears intact. Seems to have shrunken a bit and the unmarked 2-1/4" wide sweatband is held in only at the back seam. Would be about a size 7 as it fits like a 7-1/8 without the sweatband."

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1930s or older gray Hückel Superior Crystall Velour, size 54cm. This velour is a higher grade than my black Hückel Seal Velour and similar to my black Hückel Sigma Velour. It has a similar sweatband and hanging cord as my other two Hückel Superiors (not velours) and is in very good condition. The bow work is unique and it doesn't have a country of origin.

 

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I found some information on Lorenz Jungwirth of Waging a. See, Bavaria who was the owner of the hat.

 

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The first Waging team of TSV in 1932 from left: Louis Penninger, Franz Waldherr, Josef Bauer, Lorenz Jungwirth, Dusi Fischer, Franz (Pauli) Waldherr, Hans Kronbichler; Josef Krieger, Hans Weth, Anton Schmid, Louis Feil

 

Died in WWII so this hat is definitely 1930s.

 

Corporal Lorenz Jungwirth

born 1911 Waging

22/07/1941, 30J. Russia

 

Amazing hat! too bad it is a size 54. Isn't it great that the internet provides us with so much imformation?! A few decades ago such research would habe been impossible.

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If it was my size I would have probably had a heart attack when it arrived! :) The velour finish is beyond description. Yes it is amazing the info you can find on the Net. Hope all is well with you!

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This is the first paper Hückel Hatbox (displays a simple elegance) I have come across. It has is a protective felt layer around the top part of the inner cylinder. Shown with here with my Hückel Plume Melone.

 

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