"Ayrefield" Melbourne

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    sh4pak
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    "Ayrefield" Melbourne

    Post by sh4pak on Fri Jan 24, 2014 8:19 pm


    --Just grabbed up a slouch hat that doesn't fit me (but the price was irresistible). The band declares that it was "Made by Ayrefield, Melbourne," and then it gives a date of "19~~."

    Yeah, the squiggles are how it looks. It could be 1957, or it could be 1966. Impossible to tell-- though I know for sure it isn't from the 1940's, because whatever the date is, it uses curved numerals, and nothing angular, likesay... a "4".

    I'll post pictures if this thread generates responses, but my BIG question is; has anybody ever heard of "Ayrefield" before? Google fails. They're constantly trying to show me airfields in Melbourne, and assume I simply cannot spell.

    Compared to a Mountcastle, the felt of this hat is buttery, and soft-- delightful, really. It has the feel of a WWII-era hat. The puggaree is also softer than a current issue, but folded tighter (and considerably less clean). Overall, there's precious little to go on, as far as the manufacturer is concerned. I know that it came from Australia, and that is all.

    Anybody know about these?

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    Re: "Ayrefield" Melbourne

    Post by filupe on Sat Jan 25, 2014 4:49 am

    You're missing the 'F' - it's Fayrefield, hat makers from Melbourne, Victoria.

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    Re: "Ayrefield" Melbourne

    Post by sh4pak on Sat Jan 25, 2014 4:59 am

    Ha!

    It makes much more sense now.

    Thanks, Filupe. Much obliged.

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    Re: "Ayrefield" Melbourne

    Post by Gulf91 on Sat Jan 25, 2014 5:11 am

    filupe wrote:You're missing the 'F' - it's Fayrefield, hat makers from Melbourne, Victoria.


    Haaaaa,was just about to post the same thing!!

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