Vintage 1980's Camel Tan DOESKIN 100% wool felt women's hat by Geo. W. Bollman & Co. in an elegant camel tan color with matching tan netting (veil) on the front, which can be worn up or down and an elegant tan ribbon surrounding the crown with a tan netting along 70% of the diameter of the crown, terminating in a modified bow on the left side, made in the U.S.A. (c. early 1980's) Stamped on the inside of this wool felt hat is DOESKIN FELT 100% WOOL, GEO. W. BOLLMAN & CO., MADE IN THE U.S.A.
This vintage wool felt women's hat is in excellent condition with no stains, no odors and looks to have been rarely if ever used. This elegant ladies designer felt hat measures 21" in diameter on the inside, 11.5" (front to back) X 11" (side to side) X 4.25" high with a brim measurement of 3.75" in the front and gradually tapering to 1.875" in the back.
The Bollman Hat Company was founded in 1868, in Adamstown, Pennsylvania. Bollman Hat Company manufactures men's and women's hats in Adamstown. At the time that George Bollman set up his hat factory in Adamstown, Pennsylvania in 1868, the area was home to many hat makers, due to access to plentiful water. Hat manufacturing required a great deal of fresh water to both operate the machinery and to felt wool.
Hat making (millinery and haberdashery) was, for many years, a major industry in Lancaster and Berks County where Adamstown is located. Bollman Hat Company became one of the best known hat makers in the region, supplying hat bodies (the unshaped felted wool cones) to hat makers up and down the east coast. Over time they bought out the majority of the other hat makers in Adamstown. Hat making is still the major manufacturing employer in Adamstown. Bollman is one of only two hat makers remaining in this area.
At the current time Bollman is the only hat maker still working start (wool) to finish (hats) in Adamstown. As Bollman Hat Company acquired other brands including Bailey, Betmar, Country Gentleman, Helen Kaminski and Ignite, as well as, global rights to Kangol Headwear, Bollman become a global company. Bollman Hat Company is also a private label hat maker for other fashion designers.
Prior to the 1970s the majority of clothing worn by Americans were made in USA. After the tariffs and restrictions on imports were lifted, many manufacturing jobs left the United States. The textile and clothing industries were especially hard hit.
Millinery has existed in Britain since 1700. In English courts the term milliner was used and this was derived from the term for traveling haberdashers from Milan in Italy. These traveling sales people sold all the items necessary to dress and were called milliners.
In France hats were made by hatmakers called chapeliers. Today the term modiste is used in France. Technically a hatmaker makes hats for men while a milliner makes hats for women.
A2645 - Vintage 1980's Camel DOESKIN 100% Wool Felt Ladies / Women's Designer Hat with Tan Lace Netting, Geo. W. Bollman & Co. U.S.A.