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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodkins View Post
    I forgot to put my Borsalino Rollable in here earlier this week...




    I was looking back through the thread when I noticed your Rollable was virtually identical to the hat I just picked up this week. Even the shadow where the ribbon had been appears to be the same height. The liner looks to be from the same shop in Rome, as well. What is the brim dimension of your hat if you don't mind me asking? Here are some shots to compare...




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    The brim on mine is 2 7/8 inches.
    Nice hats!
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    I'm not up to speed on how to read the tags and date the Borsalino. I think I read that the older tags (w/logo) did not contain date info but later tags did. If so, how do these tags read? On those above, is one a 1968 and one a 1970?

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    no, dateable tags are this type


    rounded corners with a hyphenated numeral in the upper right corner...1978
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    Got it...and obviously even with rounded corners, the date wasn't necessarily posted as the brown hat has similar stamp shape but no hyphenated date. Thanks for the illustration

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    correct
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodkins View Post
    The brim on mine is 2 7/8 inches.
    Nice hats!
    Mike
    Ok...same as mine. Do you consider it a rollable hat or just a shipping box for initial use. I guess I thought a rollable hat would not use a leather sweat but a cloth one. Also, have you dated yours? Flowers, chocolates?

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    Gentlemen, I notice that often in regards to Borsalino fedoras, the leather sweatband looks detached in some places, particularly at the front. Is that a normal thing? or does it has to do with the fact that sweat is not reeded? How does one go about fixing, if needed, something like this?

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    Egghead, the front area in question is a Borsalino feature on unreeded sweatbands specifically designed to prevent sweat from permeating into the felt. It doesn't alter the wearablity of the hat; it's a quality feature. It is only at the front area, where the skin has direct contact to the sweatband, that the additional layer is installed.

    Here's an example on my Borsalino Misto. Blow it up separately for more detail:



    Older, especially 1930s unreeded sweatbands are prone to popping stitches. If that happens they need to be re-sewn very carefully. I've sewn them by hand; a hatter might be able to sew it more professionally. I don't know whether or not hatters of today still accept work on unreeded sweats.

    I fixed a 1930s Mallory heather blue this way (got help from Josh on how to do it), see also here, posts #461 to #475:

    http://www.thefedoralounge.com/showt...=1#post1374240

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    Packable hats have always boggled my mind.

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