Akubra Banjo Paterson Pure Fur Felt Hat
Born in 1864, A.B. ‘Banjo’ Paterson spent his childhood in the Australian countryside near Yass, and after training to become a solicitor, he became a journalist before serving as a correspondent during the Boer war. His poetry was first published in Australia’s most widely read and influential journal of politics and literature, ‘The Bulletin’ in 1889, and his best known ballad is ‘The Man from Snowy River’, while despite some dispute, it is also believed that Banjo Paterson penned ‘Waltzing Matilda’ in about 1895, no doubt wearing a stylish hat similar to this one.
Hatmakers ‘Akubra’ were established in Waterloo, Australia around 1912, after meeting demand for the popular ‘slouch hats’ which then became known as ‘Akubra’ hats, hence the name. Having remained in family ownership and control throughout the passage of time, production is now based in Kempsey, New South Wales, following a relocation from Sydney in 1974. This particular hat has a pre-creased crown with side dents in the front, while the hat band is made from the skin of the Barramundi, one of Australia’s fine food fishes found in the Condamine and other northern rivers of Australia.
Fabric Australian fur felt with leather inner band and satin lining
Size 21″ (53.34 cm)
Condition Mint (see condition chart)
Inner Circumference 21″ (53.34 cm)
Height from Brim 4.5″ (11.43 cm)
Width 12.2″ (30.99 cm)
Vintage cleaned and ready for immediate use