Vintage Mens Fedora Hats

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2015-06-26 10:33:52

Vintage Mens Fedora Hats are items of vintage clothing produced from the late 19th century onwards.

Brief history and description

Fedora hats are felt hats, which are traditionally worn by men. The hats are typically pinched at either side, and often come in light or neutral colours. The hats began to be termed fedoras in the late 1800s, and became a popular male fashion accessory in the 1900s.

The hats are often associated with the Great Depression era in American history, a perception popularized by film noir and Hollywood stereotyping.

Later in the 20th century, as fashions became more casual and hats were no longer considered a pre-requisite of a well-dressed man, they began to lose some of their original popularity, though they continue to appeal to a niche market and vintage fedoras are sought after at auction.

Guide for collectors

Vintage fedora hats are very popular items, particularly those with a wider historical significance or cultural relevance (such as those used as props in films, etc).

They appear at specialist auctions and mainstream auctioneers, as well as in online auctions at sites such as eBay.

If purchasing online, then prospective collectors are advised to assess the condition of items before bidding or buying, so as to avoid disappointment.

Value

The highest price paid for a fedora hat at auction is $40,000, for the fedora hat worn by Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. The piece sold from Profiles in History on 11th December 2008.

Vintage fedora hats of some historical significance reach tremendously high prices at auction, such as the sale of a fedora hat previously owned by Howard Hughes, which auctioned for $18,000 from CooperOwen auctioneers on 7th December 2005.

Similarly, a fedora hat signed by Michael Jackson sold from Heritage Auctions for $6,000 on 9th April 2010, and a white fedora owned by Winston Churchill sold for $2,300 on 7th December 2005 from CooperOwen auctioneers.

Unbranded or un-claimed fedoras sell for the lowest prices at auction.

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