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Object Name Hat, Cowboy
Catalog Number 1990.10
Date ca. 1955
Material(s) Beaver fur/Cotton
Dimensions H-7 W-14 D-15.25 inches
Description This is a cowboy hat made of off-white beaver fur with a wide brim. A crocheted brown and gold band runs around the bottom edge of the crown. There is an interior brown leather headband with a stamped gold edge. A white cotton bow is located on the back center of the leather headband. The interior lining is made of white silk, with a color image of a sitting cowboy feeding a horse out of his hat on the top of the crown. It is machine-stitched, with white and brown cotton thread. There are two stamps located on the interior leather headband, reading: "John B. Stetson/Company/4X Beaver" and "XXXX/Stetson/Made in U.S.A."
Notes This hat was worn by actor Raymond Glenn (stage name Bob Custer) of Frankfort, Kentucky. Custer worked in more than 65 western features, about half were silent. One of his best known films was 1930's "Under Texas Skies."

Some sources say that Bob Custer was an actual cowboy who left the range to perform in rodeo shows. Like many other rodeo performers, he found out that appearing in western films paid more than rodeo performances.

He began to gain popularity as a western star in a series of medium-budget films in the early and mid-'20s. His first movies were 1924's "Trigger Finger" and 1924's "Flashing Spurs." Unlike many other cowboy stars, however, Custer branched out into other genres, using his real name of Raymond Glenn. He appeared in his last film in 1936.
Media Links IMDB article- Bob Custer Biography
Collection KHS Museum Collection
People Custer, Bob
Glenn, Raymond Anthony
Subjects Hats
Cowboy hats
Clothing & dress
Search Terms hat
Movie Memorabilia
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS