I agree. The soft felt wool that I posted above has a some what rubbery feel (it had to be machine blocked) but the density / finish is similar to the wool Melone I posted (this is probably my favorite to wear). It's a nice hat even for that time period.
Last edited by mayserwegener; 01-04-2013 at 03:13 PM.
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Getting back to the basics...each has it's place.
Generally better quality from better makers
Can be blocked and is easier to custom fit
Allows a new hat wearer to see what style they like or dislike
Can be treated for water resistance [Scotchguard, etc]
I have both and I think both have their uses. My wool ones see more wear because I wear them for work and they get abused occasionally and I don't want a $100 fedora ruined by some idiot. [I'm a Parole Agent, for the record]. Just like there are some fountain pens I will carry daily and some that are reserved for the weekend.
I've come across a few vintage (30s/40s) British and French wool fedoras, and they all seem to have kept their shape nicely. My first experiment with hats, way back in the day, was a modern wool felt I got in Filene's, and it was a disaster. After a couple of wears it had completely lost its shape, the brim was awful and floppy.
The vintage ones (one of which I still own and wear regularly) are fine. Denser, heavier and with less of a fine finish than fur, they look cheaper. But perfectly serviceable vintage fedoras.
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I personally don't own any wool hats because I prefer fur felt. I have seen a couple off modern wool fedoras from Goorin Brothers that I liked any may purchase in the future.
My thought, however, is that a wool hat you like and frequently wear is better than any fur felt hat that collects dust on the shelf and never sees any head time . Then again, this is just my opinion.....
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