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  1. belfastboy

    belfastboy Call Me a Cab

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    I have two Newsboys in Donegal tweed picked up in Dublin. Both were bought in either men's shops or shops that sold "Irish Goods"... linens, scarfs and shawls etc. I recall seeing the caps sold in many many places.
     
  2. cozy d

    cozy d Familiar Face

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    Nice! Wish my sweatband looked like that ;)
     
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  3. ChicagoWayVito

    ChicagoWayVito A-List Customer

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    Thanks for the information. I also found a shop called Kevin & Howlin that I want to checkout while I am there.

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  4. cozy d

    cozy d Familiar Face

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    Thanks alanfgag for the Fabri-Tac suggestion. My initial thoughts are that removing the ribbon to restitch may be more trouble than it's worth and I don't know anyone local I can trust to do the job. The stitches are still holding the sweat in but loosely enough that the integrity has been compromised. I feel like my first priority should be to secure the sweat before doing anything else. How should I use the Fabri-Tac? I've never tried that before. Just a few drops right at the point where the reed meets the felt? As you can see, there's about 7 inches worth of sweatband that is currently loose and out of position. Would I need to run a bead of that stuff? Any other alternatives to consider?
     
  5. AbbaDatDeHat

    AbbaDatDeHat I'll Lock Up

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    Yes yes yes and Hell yes!!
    Most interesting felt i have ever felt. Stays like a good dog! Very happy for you.
    What to do with it?? Well, if i had another one i’d make it perfect. Until then, they are only who and what they are once, so mine stays...like a good dog! Pics say it all. Note the paw prints.
    B
    Ps: wonder what the Lot# is on that one cause it’s an old one.
     
  6. cozy d

    cozy d Familiar Face

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    Ha! Thanks and thumbs up to ya man! Yeah, I'm tempted to leave the dust where it lay but I probably won't, and yes, I would love to take a peek under the sweatband but that curiosity has gotten me into trouble before and I'm not gonna risk it! I guess it doesn't really matter anyway... ;)
     
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  7. AbbaDatDeHat

    AbbaDatDeHat I'll Lock Up

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    Don’t blame you a bit. A small mirror slipped behind the sweat usually is non-fatal. You do what it takes to make that hat yours! Clean, dirty, restored, whatever because it’s always gonna be a near 100 yr old Boss no matter what we think.
    I get excited when other’s find a real treasure. Sometimes we/i get stale with all our treasures and to know another is in that special place with a new treasure keeps me coming back!
    Thank you. Feel free to post the heck outta that. Never gets old.
    B
     
  8. Cornshucker77

    Cornshucker77 Call Me a Cab

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    That's much better than my Royals. :(
     
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  9. alanfgag

    alanfgag

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    Yes, just re-attach the reed tape to the hat body with the adhesive. A number of dots is easier to work with than a seven inch bead. You can try one at one point and see how it works. Just a little pressure to bring the two together and it will hold. It dries very quickly, and you can remove, if needed, with a little acetone or nail polish remover. It is strong, flexible and designed to bond fabrics.
     
  10. jlee562

    jlee562 My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    Well, this is timely advice.

    While I was checking the LOT number on my campaign hat the other day I heard some tell tale pops.

    As an aside, do these black stitches look like normal factory construction? Previous repair?
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  11. Rmccamey

    Rmccamey One Too Many

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    Hanna Hats in Donegal, but that is a long way from Dublin if you want to see the shop. I'm sure you can find Hanna hats at various shops and wool markets in Dublin.

     
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  12. Hat and Rehat

    Hat and Rehat Practically Family

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    I'm not talking from experience, but think I would shy away from a bead. I'd probably try a series of dots, and would put them a little higher than the reed.

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  13. Hat and Rehat

    Hat and Rehat Practically Family

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    Get a dental mirror.

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  14. Dac

    Dac New in Town

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    So you measure the head size, pick a hat block 1 size larger, block the hat. Now with the sweatband is it measured by the actual head size or to the hat you just blocked blocked? And next question, where can you purchase 100% beaver hat bodies for US deliveries?

    Thank you
     
  15. deadlyhandsome

    deadlyhandsome I'll Lock Up

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    Beaver felt is hard to come by if you’re not an established hatter with an active account. You might try Etsy and look for the Hat Maker’s Emporium. Aside from that, the most common beaver felt in the US is made by Winchester, but they don’t sell to the public and we’ve heard they aren’t taking new wholesale accounts right now either. You can try FEPSA in Portugal, but their website isn’t great. Otherwise, Agnoulita has rabbit, hare, and rabbit/hare blend hat bodies. Agnoulita might also be able to sell you a beaver hat body, but I’ve never seen one so I can’t speak to their quality. There are other felters in Europe and Asia, but I don’t know how to purchase their wares or what quality they are. Good luck.


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  16. Hat and Rehat

    Hat and Rehat Practically Family

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    Everybody seems really concerned about not disturbing the stitching of their most prized early vintage hats.
    Here's a little food for thought though. The surprising impression I came away from Scientific Hat Finishing and Renovating with is that years ago hatters thought nothing of stripping a hat of all trim, then sewing it right back in. If a contentious wearer of hats had it well maintained, it's not unreasonable to suspect the stitching in your hats is not original.
    Maybe it hurts some collector value. I have no expertise in that. But if adding some new stitches will help maintain the integrity of the leather, I'd go for it. Then I'd wear it.

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  17. AbbaDatDeHat

    AbbaDatDeHat I'll Lock Up

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    I don’t know about “contentious hat wearers” but i know that reading about hats and restorations from old is nothing like popping a sweatband stitch on a prized hat. Pick up a 7X CB or a 60 yr old Borsalino and flip the sweatband not considering the stitch condition and see how you feel the moment you hear that pop.
    It’s not so much about hurting “collector value” as much as it is about hurting your pride and your hat.
    Here’s a little food for thought also. It’s fine reading/researching and learning, no matter the topic, but applying intellectual understanding to other’s individual experience diminishes the thesis.
    I hope i did not offend. My apologies if so. I just wanted to inform.
    B
     
  18. belfastboy

    belfastboy Call Me a Cab

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    But Donegal is worth the trip...my favourite part of the Republic
     
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  19. Rmccamey

    Rmccamey One Too Many

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    Yes, me as well. I am definitely a "west coast" guy in Ireland. Give me Donegal, Galway, and Dingle any day!

     
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  20. jlee562

    jlee562 My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    Gee, it's almost as if I said the same thing the other day...

     

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