A Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle boater hat

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A Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle boater hat

US$ 3,000 - 5,000
£ 2,300 - 3,900
A Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle boater hat
Woven straw boater hat featuring a wide black grosgrain band with gray, white and red stripes, bearing an interior Resistol seal of a sword with a crown on it and a fleur-de-lys on either side, reading underneath "A Byer-Rolnick Product," brown leather sweatband stamped in gold "Made in Italy," and original manufacturer's sticker and paper label. Now known primarily for cowboy hats, Resistol began as a product of the Byer-Rolnick company, founded in Dallas in 1927. Accompanied by a photograph of Arbuckle wearing a similar hat in Atlantic City in 1923.
Provenance: Accompanied by a letter of provenance stating that the signer purchased the hat at the estate sale of Minta Durfee Arbuckle, who was married to Arbuckle from 1908 to 1925. The couple remained close until Arbuckle's death and later in her life, Durfee Arbuckle worked to promote her husband's films.

Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle was one of the most popular comedians of the silent era and costarred with Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Harold Lloyd, among others. Arbuckle fell from grace after being arrested for murder in relation to death of Virginia Rappe in 1921. Though acquitted, the actor's career was never the same. After several years directing films under a pseudonym, he was attempting a comeback in acting when he died at the age of 46 in 1933.
Size 7 3/8
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A Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle boater hat
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