Posted 4 years ago
Vintage Ponte Rialto Venice straw boater. Made in Italy gild-stamped on inside band. This is identical to the straw boaters owned and worn by Bing Crosby in his movies of the 1930s-1940s. Collectors and wearers have stated that the modern hat brims made by Ponte Rialto are not as thick as this vintage style. The straw is in perfect condition but shows vintage aging in color (the new ones are very pale and white-ish). I bought this is an antique store for $20-$30. I have seen similar ones selling for $25-$119.