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Johann Hückel´s Söhne - Hückel Hutfabrik Weilheim

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Probably early to mid 1950s (after JHS was nationalized as TONAK) like new condition Hückel Zypher Seal Velour. It is an amazing hat but it appears the brim was cut to a smaller size. Hard to believe someone would do such a thing. :( The ribbon/bow, liner and sweatband work are fantastic. It was imported by Saltz's of Washington, DC which is added bonus since I live in the area.

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Fritz Hückel Hutmacher Zephyr Seal Velour probably mid to late 50s and out of Weilheim, Bavaria. This doesn't match the amazing velour finishes as pre 1940 Hückels but the overall quality is super high (unfortunately some moth damage).

 

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Johann Hückel´s Söhne Super Sport Trachten style hat. This is one is old and very rare. The first I ever saw of Trachten style from JHS. I didn't bid on it because of the small size and high starting price but it is surely worth posting. It has to be at least 1930s maybe older.

 

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Hückel Soleil, Hückel's Clipper, size 56cm (but kinda fits), probably late 1950s early 1960s. This was made by Fritz Hückel Weilheim, Bavaria.

 

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Amazing old black back bow JHS Standard Cystall Velour, size 4 1/2 Point. This one belongs to Robert (RLK) on the FL.

 

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"Condition is amazing. No country on label."

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Hückel Extra made by Fritz Hückel Weilheim,size 58cm. Unfortunately it has some severe mothing. Otherwise it is in very good condition. Probably late 1950s.

 

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This beautiful Hückel Seal Zephyr Velour had it's brim hacked to about 1 3/4 inches. Decided to have some brim binding added so now it's 2 1/8 inches.

 

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The TONAK (originally Johann Hückel´s Söhne) factory and surounding villas. They wouldn't allow me to take photos inside the factory. Felting and hat making are done at the same site. They produce ~ 40,000 felt hoods a month. They are only at ~ 30% of capacity. I was told they were bought by a firm out of the Netherlands.

 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/26044488@N04/sets/72157626380182461/

 

Hückel family grave site with memorials.

 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/26044488@N04/sets/72157626504629948/

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JHS sole agent H. Haymann for the U.K. British Colonies and far East. Very early 1900s.

 

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Interesting to note the use of nutria along with rabbit and hare.

 

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I made some interesting Hückel related discoveries.

 

Hugo Hückel did a 3 year exchange at Stetson, Crofut & Knapp

and MacLachlan in the first part of the 1920s. Hugo was the last (4th) generation to run the business out of Novy Jicin. Additional proof that there was interchange with American hat companies.

 

I also found some great information about Hückel Hutfabrik Weilheim, Bavaria. The people that started the company were out of the JHS Ratibor Silesia location and not Novy Jicin. Also very interesting that R. & M. Wegener provided assistance at the start. Here is a very rough translation from Czech of a overview of a article on the founders (Gnabl family) that appeared in Verein heimattreuer Kuhländler e.V. Jan./Febr. 1-2008, s. 20-23. I am in the process of trying to obtain the original article.

 

"About Fritz Hückel fourth generation family member Hückel, managed to obtain information from the magazine Kuhländchen, which is still based. In remembrance Photos from Rita Gnabl hat we learn about a company that was founded after the war in Austria after the company J. Hückels Söhne in Novy Jicin expropriated and renamed Tonak. Rita Gnabl father was manager of the war in Racibórz. He and his brothers Anton and Rudolph successfully completed a learning the Hückel. Rita Gnabl remembers the time when it was recognized after the war her entire family. They went to Bavaria Ammerskému lake in Holzhausen at Utting, where Fritz had Hückel land on which stood a summer house. The family made contact with Fritz Hücklem, had given him 1000 RM and instructed to try to establish a new company. The family then settled in Weilheim, where she was hired two rooms. They started in very humble circumstances. In Buxbaum store on the square in Weilheim was entrusted to them in the backyard garage and small storage space in the store, which served as an office. Rita Gnabl took all the paperwork. Her father tried to find in Herrsching several associates, who formerly worked at J. Hückels Söhne and now in the hospital waiting for the arrival of their relatives. First came a former associate of Mark and Rita along with her father Gnabl looking for items that would help to clean and shape the hats used. They managed to construct an old iron stove, which could drown. In addition, introduced a wardrobe rack made of wood in the dryer. The remnants zavařovacího built steamer pot hat. Wegener hat factory gave them their stock of old forms of headgear. The store was later set up a reception for the hats used for cleaning and processing of new hats. Rita Gnabl mopped hats and learned works milliner, since the original occupation was clerk. Her father also tried to get additional manpower from the homeland. Meanwhile, aides, like Karl Zenner, who was previously head of a locksmith in Novy Jicin in Dingolfing attempted to produce machines that need to crude production, or to repair the machines used. The machines are then transported to Weilheim. In the hall of the Dornier company pledged to progressively build raw traffic. Meanwhile, several former employees enrolled. The company moved into the great hall of the former company Dornier, expanded production of hats and trade flourished. Fritz Hückel Welheimu commuted to and enjoying the progress of the company that helped establish their financial resources. The company employs around 250 workers and officials. Rita Gnabl left in 1953 to work in a banking house Neuvians, Reuschel & Co Maximilian Square in Munich. Fritz Hückel was a partner with the bank and the last years of his life lived in an apartment house bank. Rita Gnabl father, who helped rebuild the company after the war in Austria, died in 1967. Fritz followed him Hückel in 1973. The new head of operations (the main occupation of a baker), had no experience in this field and led to the operation of the millinery business in the 70 20th century finally closed."

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Yes from the Novy Jicin city museum. I highly recommend a visit if you are ever in the Czech Republic (about 2 1/2 hours east of Prague). Their hat collections is amazing and Radek Polach who is the curator is a super person. Novy Jicin is also a really beautiful town with many historic buildings.

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