Looks like a real nice hat. I'd be willing to give you $125 for it.
Let me know.
Okay, allow me to start by saying that this is my first post on the Fedora Lounge, though I'd been reading through the threads for quite some time before creating an account. I'm relatively new to the world of hats, but I've learned quite a bit in a small amount of time.
But anyway, I purchased a new old stock ADAM Executive Quality fedora on eBay, my hat size is 7 3/8 regular oval, the hat claimed to be that size but had shrunk from its original size over the years. I took the hat to Peters Bros. Hats in Fort Worth, Texas to have it stretched twice (because I realized that it still wasn't big enough after I got home the first time). It now fits, but it seems to contract after bringing it home, and at this point could use a little stretch again. Now since I'm getting this stretched at the store, I am unable to let it set overnight on a block (and of course I can't sleep in the hat), which I gather, after reading some here, would help it keep its shape. I've been considering purchasing a 4 way hat stretcher (like this), but that costs $85.00, which I'd rather not spend if there's a cheaper alternative that could serve the same purpose. I want to be able to stretch the hat a bit, as opposed to just retaining the shape, but I don't want to turn it into a long oval.
Basically, my question is, should I go ahead and buy the 4 way stretcher, or is there something cheaper that would be just as good?
The ADAM Executive Fedora
Last edited by CONELRAD; 06-16-2012 at 08:12 PM.
R. Connor Montgomery — CONELRAD
Welcome to the forum. If you will do a search for "hat stretcher" on EBay a bunch of different type stretchers at reasonable prices will come up. My head size is a long oval so the stretcher you posted looks like it wouldn't work too good for me but it looks like a nice stretcher for a round head shape.
A stupid question, I fear. What is the origin of silver belly? It is such an odd name.
Dieu et les Dames!
I also would like to ask another question regarding the same hat. The second time I took the hat to Peters Bros., I had already creased the hat, and the person there , after stretching it, steamed the shape in before I could stop him, which I would have preferred he not do, since the hat keeps a shape perfectly, and steaming it removes my ability to re-shape it at will. Plus, after getting home, I noticed that the pinch is about an inch off center. Additionally, some how, after he steamed it there's a light discoloration around the crease in the top of the crown. Now, I admit to not being an expert, but I don't understand how a small amount of steam can cause this, but it frustrates me since it wasn't there before and the hat was essentially new.
But basically, what I want to know is the best way to steam the hat back to open crown, such as whether I should use an open pot, a kettle, etc., and also how to eliminate the discoloration around the crease (I can't call it a stain, because that indicates a staining substance, and the area is lighter than the rest of the hat).
R. Connor Montgomery — CONELRAD