Stetson Cowboy Hat Signed by Carroll Shelby, 2009

Summary

Heart trouble ended Carroll Shelby's driving career in 1959, but it didn't stop him from becoming one of America's most influential race car designers and entrepreneurs. Shelby played a vital role in Ford's campaign against Ferrari at Le Mans. He also collaborated with Ford and Chrysler on numerous special vehicles. The Texas native adopted a black cowboy hat as his personal trademark.

Heart trouble ended Carroll Shelby's driving career in 1959, but it didn't stop him from becoming one of America's most influential race car designers and entrepreneurs. Shelby played a vital role in Ford's campaign against Ferrari at Le Mans. He also collaborated with Ford and Chrysler on numerous special vehicles. The Texas native adopted a black cowboy hat as his personal trademark.

Artifact

Cowboy hat

Date Made

2009

Creators

John B. Stetson Hat Company 

Carroll Shelby Licensing 

Place of Creation

United States, Texas, Garland 

United States, California, Gardena 

Creator Notes

Made by the John B. Stetson Hat Company in Garland, Texas, for Carroll Shelby Licensing, Gardena, California.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

2009.116.1.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Carroll Shelby

Material

Felt (Textile)
Leather

Color

Black (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 5.5 in

Width: 13.5 in

Length: 15 in

Inscriptions

signature on brim of hat: Carroll Shelby embossed on sweat band of hat: Carroll Shelby / by STETSON imprinted on gold clip on leather band: Carroll Shelby

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