John Wayne cowboy hats

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.(WVLT) -- John Wayne was a classic actor, one that western movie fans will never forget.
Now there's an even better reason to remember him through a new line of cowboy hats simply called the John Wayne Collection and sold at Stages West Western store in Pigeon Forge.

Wes Drewry the Sales Manager is excited about their new venture. "Actually authorized by the John Wayne foundation by Resistol to make this line of hats, we're the only retailer authorized to carry it."

There are four different series of hats with two different colors in two different lines, all replicas of those the Duke wore in his movies.

Drewry says, "You can really tell based on the type of hat whether it was in his earlier series, or something more recent that he did"

So far, the Peacemaker model is the most popular. There's also one from the movie, "Hondo"

Only 36 were made in this line each one numbered with a letter of authenticity. There is also a crushable line that pops back into shape.

He was one of Hollywood's most memorable actors. A man's man as many would say. Now you can own a piece of that era too.

Driving in your neighborhood, I'm the Tennessee Traveler.

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