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    The Official Stetson Nutria Quality Thread

    We've got all sorts of threads mentioning nutria hats in both title and text, but there's no thread dedicated to Stetson's Nutria Quality (as opposed to Real Nutria, Clear Nutria, or just plain Nutria designations). As we've got threads for the other western/cross-over quality designations, it seems like a good time to get this one going.

    As far as I can tell, there have only been around five people on the Lounge who have claimed to ever own a Nutria Quality lid. There appear to be a few references to Nutria Quality in catalogs and none in ads (that I've yet found).

    Most of the Nutria Quality hats on ebay tend to be National Park Service hats or other uniform, campaign types, adding to the many references in the catalogs and descriptions by Loungers that Nutria Quality lids are as tough as they come.

    So, let's see that Stetson Nutria Quality info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by feltfan View Post
    A few years back I visited Louisiana. While canoeing in the bayou,
    I saw these basketball-sized, bouncing mudballs. They moved fast and
    looked really ugly. You'd move fast and have little regard for
    your appearance if you were favorite gator bait in the Louisiana swamp.
    Those were nutria.

    This hat helped me come to love those hideous mudballs.
    It's a "Nutria Quality" Stetson. When I bought it, the felt was
    nice, but the liner appeared blank (and was taped in- a home job)
    and the leather sweat band was the most disgusting I had ever seen-
    an oily glob of rotten leather. No hat band, just the brim binding.

    I sent the hat out to Graham at Optimo. He contradicted my theory
    that someone had used the wrong grease to restore the sweatband,
    explaining that what I saw was many decades of human sweat and skin oil.
    Yech. Graham claimed to be able to read the Stetson logo on the
    liner, but I wasn't able to see it.

    After a cleaning and blocking (it probably had a hand bashed telescope
    crown, but it wasn't clear) and a new ribbon, sweat, and liner, here it is:



    Not sure if it's better with the flash off:



    You can see a little squiggle along the top where the felt is a bit
    thinner from pinching, but no problem. There is also an odd dent
    in the side, even after blocking (you can kinda see it above the bow).
    Is it green or tan? Don't ask me!

    Here's the bow:



    I like it. The size didn't come out quite right, so I had to stretch it
    a bit more (rather than pay postage back to Chicago...). Now this
    hat gets a lot of wear. The felt seems to me very pliant and tough.
    The ultimate dog walking hat.

    Somehow entirely different from anything I have... except perhaps for
    the hat in Nutria Mania, part 2!
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    Catalogs, thanks to vic and bluer

    1949 - note the description of "service weight" on the Nutria Quality hat in the center of this first page.




    1952





    1956-57




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    Quote Originally Posted by Dinerman View Post
    Here's a '60s nutria. Note the post 1940s design with the leaf instead of stars in the left of the crest. Black sweatband.


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    This looks familiar.
    Quote Originally Posted by funneman View Post
    I am fortunate enough to have my Father’s and my Grandfather’s Stetsons.

    My grandfathers is a Nutria Quality with a rounded edge on the brim.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J.T.Marcus View Post
    5. Stetson Nutria Quality


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    Quote Originally Posted by Lefty View Post
    campaign hat
    I wish the seller hadn't stiffed me on that one.
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    If they guys whose posts I'm quoting are still around, please post photos of the sweats and liners.

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    Here's a few more pic's of mine.



    and one with it on my head. The felt on this hat is comparable to my Steton 25 Open Road.


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    Here is my only Nutria Hat and it's a Nutria Quality -





    The cowboy on the horse is woven into the liner with various colored threads.
    It ain't like it used to be, but it'll do.

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    Great liner on that one. Can you please post a shot of the crest on the sweat.

    more ebay pics





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