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Third hat factory in Nový Jičín (Czechoslovakia). Founded in 1850 and nationalized under TONAK after WWII. Had a location in Dinkelsbühl, Germany that stopped production in 1971.

 

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Here is some information from Mario regarding Peschel Dinkelsbühl.

 

"Well, now. I just phoned up the Dinkelsbühl number I found - only to learn that there is no longer a shop by the name of Peschel... But - lo and behold! - I happend to talk with Anton Ernst Peschel's widow, and she told me that the production site in Dinkelsbühl closed it's doors in 1971. Her husband died seven years later, in 1978.

 

Günther Peschel from Novy Jicin/Neutitschein was on of their relatives, but I failed to ask for details here. She told me that, after the sixties and the general demise of the hat industry, it just didn't make sense anymore to produce hats at such a large scale, and they thus decided to end their business.

 

I told her that I just bought an old Peschel hat and that I was keen to find some information about the company, even more so because it's so hard to find any information at all. She said that it makes her very happy to learn that there are still people out there who love to wear Peschel hats. She seemed so very proud of the lids they made - and so pretty sad that they had to abandon the business.

 

Well, that's not really a whole lot of information, I know, but for my part, I feel a little bit moved, really...

 

BTW: I stumbled over one more interesting info on A. E. Peschel: It seems that, starting in 1923, he put in a stint in the USA. Don't know how long he stayed, but there is a passenger record I found in the Ellis Island Foundation archives:"

 

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Ok. Those Peschels are obviously pretty hard to find, and I've been lucky enough to snag one from the Bay. Charcoal color, fairly stiff felt that is incredibly soft and silky to the touch.

 

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Ok. Those Peschels are obviously pretty hard to find, and I've been lucky enough to snag one from the Bay. Charcoal color, fairly stiff felt that is incredibly soft and silky to the touch.

 

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Mario, This is a rare find indeed. Beautiful hat!

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This is a vintage Peschel hat display holder that was a gift from my friend Herbert Jennisenn at Hut-Neubarth Augsburg. It is a fantastic piece of German hat history!

 

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Here it is in use.

 

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Peschel Velour Dinkelsbühl, Germany

 

This one is from Billysmom (Sue) on the FL. Fancy lite color velour with forehead vent and retractable rope loop for hanging. I am thinking mid 50s.

 

Dimensions:

2" brim

5" uncreased crown

1 7/8" sweat

1 7/8" ribbon

 

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This Peschel Flexa (size 59cm) is from the late 50s early 60s. Probably too stingy for most but I like the look. Peschels (never seen a pre 1945 one from Nový Jičín) are pretty rare and only paid $1.50.

 

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This beautiful probably late 50s Peschel belongs to RLK from the FL.

 

2-1/2" brim with narrow binding. Finish is between shaved and satin. Dark Taupe color.

 

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Anton Peschel Tyrol (Dinkelsbühl, Germany ) velour, size 7 3/8. I am thinking mid - late 50s and made for the US market. I don't believe that it was ever worn and the brown velour finish (very difficult to photograph) is some of the finest I have encountered post WWII. Also a Borsalino like corrugated vent and hanging cord (similar to Hückel). Over quality is super!

 

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This is a olive NOS stingy Peschel back bow velour, size 59cm that I received from Herbert at Hut-Neubart, Augsburg. I would say late 60s early 70s.

 

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Peschel pre 1940 USA newspaper ads.

 

09/08/1914

 

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11/28/1914

 

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10/22/1920

 

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12/09/1920

 

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11/16/1937

 

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I picked up this beautiful very rare pre 1940s Anton Peschel Velour from M_Jones of the FL, size 58cm. This is the one that was hacked up but the felt survived. He had it nicely restored by Optimo. The slick - shiny velour finish is very similar to pre 40s Hückel velours. The Peschel liner label still lists Neutitschein but made in CzechoSolvakia so post WWI.

 

I found some info on "The Star Clo. Co. Macon, GA". The company was owned by David Wachtel Sr. who immigrated from Austria / Bohemia in 1867. His son David Wachtel Jr. born in Macon 1895 was also involved in the business and took over sometime after his father's death in 1920s (not listed in 1930 census). I have no idea how long the business lasted after 1930.

 

 

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Peschel Velour, Size 58, late 50s early 60s.

 

I got this one for about $10.00. Looked like a wreck but I knew it was a nice Velour.

 

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Original auction photo.

 

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This beauty belongs to alanfgag (Alan) on the FL. It appears to be in NOS condition. I am thinking early 1960s maybe late 1950s.

 

"Anton Peschel arrived today... these pictures taken just out of the box, before steaming the storage marks from the brim. A very beautiful deep brown velour, lighter than it looks and quite formable. How to wear it... how to wear it... "

 

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A. Peschel, Garmich, size 7 3/8. This one is from Dinkelsbühl and made for the American market. Fantastic Velour finish and overall quality. Probably late 1950s early 1960s and in near new condition. An amazingly well made hat for this time period.

 

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A. Peschel "Norma" Homburg, size 59cm. Very early 1960s and in near NOS condition. This is my first A. Peschel Dinkelsbühl Homburg and it's fantastic.

 

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This beauty belongs to Fritz (Manfred).

 

"Peschel Biber ( Beaver ) black Fedora arrived. Age, mid 50's to early 60's.

Very low crown, so I shaped, a teardrop. Very good condition not often worn.

The felt is thick and stiff and holds with a lot of steam, any shape. Brim wide, 5,5 cm.

To shaping this Hat I spend one hour, because, he arrived, in a to low and small package."

 

 

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I picked up this old post card that shows the Peschel's Hut-Industrie location in Neustitischein, Austria (now Nový Jičín, Czech Republic). The factory was converted to some other purpose post WWII. When I visited Nový Jičín in April 2011 the factory buildings were being demolished to build a shopping center.

 

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A. Peschel Dinkelsbühl Velour Rex, probably late 1950s. This one has a giant 3 inch brim. Very thick but pliable (open crown) brown Velour finish.

 

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