Last edited by habigmann; 05-14-2015 at 03:31 PM.
This is a German made hat but not sure what company made it. Windsor is just a marketing brand name (anglo branding was typical of this time period). There isn't any company mark on the paper label and there isn't anything in the format that I can associate with a known hat company. I searched the Windsor trademark but didn't find anything. It's a really nice hat so probably made by one of the better German hat companies of the time period.
Last edited by habigmann; 05-14-2015 at 03:28 PM.
Stetson made great hats. They are widely collected unlike German and Austrian soft and stiff felt hats. The original company (out of Philadelphia) went out of business in the early 1970s. The brand is now owned by Hatco out of Gaylord, TX (they own most of the old American brand names). What is interesting is they are now offering some Stetson dress soft felts with vintage blocking / dimensions. The are also trying up the quality (this is a big problem overall today). This is the 150th anniversary of Stetson.
Side note: Mayser had the German licence to make Stetson hats from 1954 (can't remember when they gave it up, now licensed by F.W. Schneider).
Stetson - Mayser 3X Beaver Quality Homburg, size 58cm
You might want to take a look at some of the new vintage open crown models (Stratoliner, Stetsonian, ect.) from Stetson. They have the original blocking and dimensions. Also have tried to improve quality (a big problem with modern made factory hats).
"Wir sollen auch unser Leben für die Brüder lassen" (1.Joh.3.16):
zum Gedächtnis Wilhelm Schenk. Er starb fürs Vaterland am 13. Juni 1916