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    Quote Originally Posted by Daze View Post
    Those pictures of Bowlers are fantastic, i own dunn & co normal and lightweight both, wonderful hats, but for my money, the hardest of all to find is an original pre war Lock and Co bowler, they have a different shape when looked at from the front and back, and are definately a 'hard' hat, and were 'conformed' to the buyer just as a similar period hard shell topper would have been, I'm privileged to own a dove gray lock bowler, and a gray top hat, I only now need to visit St James St. and get them re conformed to my head shape, lovely. when i get it done I will surely post some pics

    Watch out! Bowler/Derby felt is stretched with a lot of tension and stiffness and old one's are easily split open which can't truly be repaired. Be sure the felt is still resilient and not dry--

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    G. B. Borsalino Fu Lazzaro & C.

    G. B. Borsalino Fu Lazzaro & C., size 6 1/2 Punti. Could be 1920s early 1930s. This one is in good condition and from the other Borsalino.















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    What stunning craftsmanship... thanks for the detailed pictures!

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    mayserwegener , I am a real sucker when it comes to those pleated liners. ooohhh soooo nice.
    Pictures of My Colony of Fine Beavers. Now crafting my own "gentleman's city hats and westerns" of the finest quality. I do not do this as a business. Just a hobby for myself. Plus lots of needle felted items such as hats, blankets, feather displays, animals, and felt "paintings".
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    Early 1900s Stetson VENTED Bowler

    Got this one a couple of weeks ago. Its my first vented bowler. I love these old Stetson sweatbands. They remind me of a pig skin football. Maybe they are pigskin and not cow or horse leather. I'm unsure. Its funny though how these pre 1930's sweatbands are still so flexible and pliable and will usually do so without cracking. Where many of my hats from the 1950's have cracked and rotted sweatbands that need replacing.











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    Early 1900s Stetson VENTED Bowler (cont.....)









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    1950s Stetson bowler that came from the Kleinhans Company in Buffalo, NY.
    I've had it for a couple of decades... first time wearing it out of the house.


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    Alan, Looks great! I might wear one of mine tonight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mayserwegener View Post
    Alan, Looks great! I might wear one of mine tonight.
    Thank you... that Borsalino you posted earlier on this page is a stunner... I hope that one fits you!

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    Schobel

    ....just picked this beauty up.







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