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Visigoth
07-31-2006, 09:14 AM
I bid on this at the last moment, as it might be the black hat I'm looking for (hard to tell from the photos). All you Stetson afficionados: is this in fact a vintage hat? The box sure looks new...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=120012980944

besdor
07-31-2006, 09:33 AM
It's hard to tell from the pictures . It looks like a Stetson Saxon which is still in production . It has a 2" brim and welted edge . Today it retails for about 95.00. So, if you paid 12.50 , you got a good deal . .But it's not an old hat ,maybe a few years old .




Steven
www.bencrafthats.com

Visigoth
07-31-2006, 09:48 AM
Hm. Thanks, Steve. So much for "This appearantly came from an estate sale."

I think I may decline to buy it -- it was mis-described as "vintage."

Pilgrim
07-31-2006, 10:05 AM
I dunno. For $12.50, you won't be hurt - and with better pix and a decent write-up on Ebay, if you want to re-sell you ought to be able to start it at $19 and at least make your money back.

Visigoth
07-31-2006, 10:32 AM
Problem is, living in Mexico, shipping comes to as much as the hat. And shipping *out* of Mexico comes to more than the hat. So I can't afford to buy things I don't really want.

Unless you guys think a contemporary Stetson is somehow a good purchase (I've never actually examined one.)

DanielJones
07-31-2006, 12:54 PM
I have a Stetson Sutley that is a nice contemporary hat. Very soft & velvety. Would I wear it in a downpour? No. But I have worn it in the snow and light rain and it held up quite well. In fact it does shed water to a degree fairly well. I think it would make a good all-round hat when you didn't want to wear one of your vintage lids. Just a thought.

Cheers!

Dan

Visigoth
07-31-2006, 01:02 PM
The idea of a hat you can't get wet is, to me, obscene...

besdor
07-31-2006, 02:18 PM
Trust me , getting that hat wet in NOT a good idea . I wont look that good afterwards .


Steven
www.bencrafthats.com

Visigoth
07-31-2006, 04:03 PM
So, you're dead sure that this is a recent Stetson? The box -- is that a recent box?

DanielJones
07-31-2006, 05:41 PM
It does have a black sweatband, and if the sweatband has a papery cardboard appearance on the backside and to the touch then it is most likely recent, at least that has been my experience as of late. You may have the seller describe it to you and provide a few extra photos.

Cheers!

Dan

Visigoth
08-02-2006, 01:31 PM
Well, the guy was good about it -- I told him that I wasn't interested in a contemporary Stetson, and he said he'd relist it with more accurate information.

Meanwhile, I snagged a vintage Dobbs for even less money:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=110013979256

(Ad says forties, but it looks fifties to me.)

gekisai29
08-02-2006, 07:26 PM
For the price it would make a good beater at least. AQnyway enjoy your new Dobbs.

Twitch
08-03-2006, 02:26 PM
Great bargains vintage or not. That's the way I buy mine. Patience wins out on Ebay. No sense getting in a bid frenzy and spending $100 for something that you'll find for $15 next week with no other bids!
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BigSho
08-03-2006, 03:10 PM
So, you're dead sure that this is a recent Stetson? The box -- is that a recent box?


that hat is at least 5 years old... that is when they stopped using that box. if i had to guess i would say it is older... i havent seen one.