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RR Auctions Meyer Lansky Hat

RR Auctions Meyer Lansky Hat

Legendary organized crime leader (1902–1983) who headed the notorious “enforcement” syndicate Murder, Inc., which emerged in the early 1930s as successor to the warring Prohibition gangs and the old-line Mafia, and continued to operate into the 1950s. One of Meyer Lansky’s personally-owned and worn hats. Light brown hat, by Dobbs of Fifth Avenue, has a crown which measures approximately 5″ high with a 2.25 x 2 band around the base of the crown. The area under the crown, above the brown leather sweatband, is a silk lining with the “Dobbs Fifth Avenue New York” logo under the top. A brown ribbon tied in a bow is affixed underneath where the sweatband and silk lining meet. Next to it is a 6 7/8 tag. “Dobbs” and “Mayer & Schmidt, Man’s Shop, Tyler” are imprinted in gilt on the brown leather sweatband. Accompanied by a copy of a notarized letter of authenticity from Lansky’s daughter Sandi. Letter reads, in full: “This letter is to serve as a formal document regarding the authenticity of my father’s personal worn item. Vintage hat is made by Dobbs Fifth Avenue New Yrok, [sic] dark brown in color and is size 6 7/8. Hat is in good condition but shows some age. Dated to late 1940’s. Hat is in original condition and comes in a Black and White Stetson box. Box is in good condition but does show age. The top of the box is signed by myself and reads: ‘This hat was worn by my dad Meyer Lansky’ Sandi Lansky.” In overall fine condition.

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Posted by on September 20, 2012 in Meyer Lansky


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