Are These the Same Hat?
The first hat is a Stetson. It was worn by Elliott Barker (1886-1988) a conservationist and outdoorsman in New Mexico who served as a Director of the New Mexico Department of Game & Fish. The second hat is also the Stetson brand in the Open style. This hat is from the Romero Mercantile Co., Las Vegas, New Mexico, which opened in 1880 and closed around 1940.
Felt hats were shaped into a plethora of different styles. Today, hat companies give these styles specific names, such as a Cattleman or Quarterhorse. The styling consisted of the angle of the curve of the brim and the roll of the brim and the type of creasing and indentations on the crown. An unmodified hat is called an Open style. Thus, the first hat started its life in an Open style and was transformed through shaping.
NMHM/DCA 10138.45 and 3358.45