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Custom Leather Hat Box measures approximately 14" x 16" x 9" with Yale brass locks and a "Beller" logo tag. The box is lined with purple satin fabric. The hat rests in a sized ring. The hinged box lid is also lined with a fabric panel attached to the lid with leather straps and brass snaps. Lifting the fabric panel reveals a certificate of authenticity from the John B. Stetson Company.
The parchment is mounted in a leather frame. Its reads,
"This certifies that Hat No. 7 in the Stetson Ermine Series "J" was manufactured from pure Ermine fur and pure Beaver fur exclusively by expert handcraftsmen in the factories of John B. Stetson Company Philadelphia. Only ten hats have been made in this series.
The Ermine tails attached hereto are from skins used in making these hats.
John B. Stetson Company"
The hat is made of black Ermine and Beaver fur. The stand (rise) of the hat is approximately 6" with a oval brim 14" from front to back. The brim has a tight "pencil" role upward. A black fabric band (ribbon) approximately 1/4" tall is secured around the hat in a single bow several inces wide. The hat has been worn but appears in "fine" condition. The leather sweatband is stamped with the Stetson trademark on one side in gold-colored ink. The opposite side of the sweatband is marked the the same gold color with the logo of "Jones Merc. Co.", "Canton's Big Dept. Store", "Canton, GA"
The buyer and original owner of the hat was my Great-Grandfather (maternal), Mr. Earl Woods of Alpharetta, GA. Born 1890? and died in 1956. Mr. Woods was a contractor in the metro Atlanta area during the 1940's and 50's. He was a tall, dapper man smartly dressed for the time who grew his own roses which were often worn on his suit's lapel.
Many of Mr. Woods hats as well as contractor's tools have been saved by the family, but this particular hat is a standout amongst the surviving possessions.
Any additional information regarding the Stetson Series "J" Hats would be appreciated.