Western-style black hat made by Dorfman Pacific of Stockton, California, size medium. 100% wool felt hat that was personally owned and worn by Gerald R. Ford. The hat has a sticker inside showing its provenance as from “Properties from / The Beaver Creek Residence / President & Mrs. Gerald R. Ford.”
The hat shows minor wear, most likely from age.
While it is difficult to fully ascertain the provenance of this hat, we do have a letter of provenance pertaining to it.
This hat originates from Guernsey’s Auction House. A copy of a provenance letter from them will be included. It states:
“The gentleman’s Western-styled black hat sold as part of Lot 274 in Guernsey’s “Collector’s Odyssey”Auction, January 9, 2021, was indeed once owned by American President Gerald R. Ford. It was initially sold more than a decade ago in Guernsey’s auction conducted on behalf of First Lady Betty Ford where auction proceeds were used for the building of one of Paul Newman’s Hole-in-the-Wall Gang Camps for seriously ill children. The hat still has the Guernsey’s lot sticker from that event.”