Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Day Eight of Vintage Christmas, and a Blog Milestone

I just noticed that yesterday's post was post number 800 for this blog - over four and a half years of doing this, and I still enjoy it, still feel inspired, still feel like it's an important part of my life.  I guess that means I should get on with number 801...

On Day Eight of Vintage Christmas I offer this elegant men's hat.......

A beautiful deep black (the colour is a bit off in this photo because of the lighting) fur felt men's homburg - a hat characterized by the deep dent down the center of the crown, a bound edge trim and a brim with a curl.  This is not a hat for sissies; this is a serious sartorial statement.  This particular one is a size 7 1/8" and has the original owner's name embossed on the leather hatband.

It's a Biltmore, a hat making company founded in Niagara Falls in 1917 as the Fried Hat Co.  When the business was sold by the original owner in 1920, the new owners in Guelph, Ontario, changed the name to Biltmore in honour of the luxury hotel in New York of that name where one of the new owners had once stayed.  The name is synonymous with quality and elegance.

The homburg is available at The Sentimentalist, along with other men's vintage hats


  1. Congratulations! I'm coming up on 6 years of blogging - it's so nice when it just feels right. I love your blog and your style. Keep on rockin'!

  2. Me, too, I haven't lost my love of blogging either!
    Great hat, the Fried Hat Co. is a crazy name, no wonder they changed it! x

  3. that's a babacious hat!!! My G would love it!
    WHOOT! I'm still mostly thrilled to bits with blogging after 4 years and 1000 odd posts!!! I have my odd moment, but who doesn't?!
    Here's to many more fabulous posts!

  4. Congratulations on your milestone!!
    (that's a lovely hat, by the way)

  5. Congrats and keep on writing, please, I love your posts. That's an A++++ hat too. xo

  6. Four years and still going strong! I'm grateful for your blog, as this is how we met, in a world that keeps on giving.

    Beautiful hat with the perfect description. Made for a gentleman.

  7. Congrats on the 800! Time flies hey? Do you think we will blogging at 70?

    That hat is perfect cool!



  8. Yes, I still like blogging too, and really value the friendships I've made through it. I'm sad that many of the people I followed at first have stopped, but I guess that's life, and I really value those who are consistently supportive, and keep on writing and inspiring. I'm coming up to 300 posts, so I have some way to go to catch you up, Shelley!
    Great hat, bet it was owned by some very dapper chap back in the day. xxxx

  9. Congrats to 800 posts!

    That hat is in beautiful condition