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C. W. Borchert, Berlin W., Marke Borchert

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This is retail store that had a house brand. According to this 1913 ad Rehfus & Cie (Kehl a. Rhein) made hats under the Borchert Marke. I have no idea if they were the only supplier and how long the relationship latest with Borchert.

 

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Borchert Berlin W., size 59cm, back of sweatband stamped August 6, 1952. Could have been made by Rehfus & Cie. (Kehl a. Rhein) after factory reopened in 1951. Also the Borchert Berlin W. store location changed after WWII because the original location was in the Soviet sector.

 

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Borchert Berlin W., measures size 59cm, super condition, with original box, probably mid 1950s. I think this one has great form!

 

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The following was found by Celia on the FL.

 

On the website of the Zentral- und Landesbibliothek Berlin, you can check out old telephone directories. The one for 1941 does indeed list C.W. Borchert: http://digital.zlb.de/viewer/image/15849340_1941/368/#topDocAnchor

 

According to this old receipt from 1898, the firm was founded in 1838:

 

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https://www.zvab.com/1xxxx-Berlin-Borchert-Hut-Fabrik-Hof-Lieferant-Majestät/15627359684/buch

 

You can see one of their top hats with original hatbox on the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek website (or at the Museum Europäischer Kulturen in Berlin):

 

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https://www.deutsche-digitale-bibliothek.de/item/BVDOHKPJH4H3KNQ4TZIAAVST7ZPMGADM

 

I couldn't find any information about the firm after 1941 straight away (chances are the factory didn't survive the war). They are no longer listed in the 1951 phone book, but a shop (not factory) turns up called Borchert-hüte with an address on the Kurfürstendamm. I think you actually have one of their hats. I wonder if there's any relation to C.W. Borchert.

http://digital.zlb.de/viewer/fulltext/15849338_1951/229/

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C. W. Borchert Berlin W., 58cm, 145 grams possibly late 1920s early 1930s. This Stiff Felt is from the same seller + original owner of the P. & C. Habig Wien "Special", P. & C. Habig's "Special Qualität" Reine Handarbeit Berlin Friedrichstr. 82a Soft Felt. I know Rehfus & Cie. Kehl a. Rhein was a supplier for C. W. Borchert Berlin W so could have been made by them. It has some C. G. Wilke characteristics so they could also be a possible source. The overall quality is very high and it wears comfortably.

 

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According to this 1913 ad Rehfus & Cie (Kehl a. Rhein) made hats under the Borchert Marke.

 

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Borchert Berlin W. "Federleicht/Feather Light" possibly very early 1960s.  The felt is light in weight with a very soft hand.  This form and ribbon / bow work was popular in the late 1950s into the early 1960s.  Based on the paper label format Borchert Berlin W. sourced this hat from Mayser. 

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