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Discussion in 'Hats' started by Lefty, Sep 2, 2009.


  1. If you didn’t specify something else, Gannon uses Winchester felt. I have a couple of Winchester’s hats in natural beaver, but I can’t say if there is any dye. I suspect it is dyed in order to get a solid and consistent color. It’s a great color…maybe my favorite. Whiskey is another nice color too. Good luck.
     
  2. belfastboy

    belfastboy I'll Lock Up

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    Both are great colours. The Natural (which I think is dyed) is a more neutral colour and can be worn with a broader spectrum of clothing. The Whisky is a very brown colour with a fair bit of yellow undertones and tend to wear it with other earth toned colours while the Natural I will wear with more things...
     
  3. AbridgedPause

    AbridgedPause One of the Regulars

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    Have any of you ever tried sanding a heavily sun-faded felt to see if it's in better condition a layer or two down?

    I'm trying to find an affordable (free) alternative to sending one out to get flipped inside out. But I don't want to ruin the felt/thin it out if someone's already tried it with no result.
     
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  4. belfastboy

    belfastboy I'll Lock Up

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    I have not had great success with this but I don't see the harm in trying. Use a very fine grit - 1000 or 1200 - with a very light touch and see what you get. I have successfully repaired light mothing by using sanding to even out the nibbles or even scraping with an Xacto blade.
     
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  5. glider

    glider One of the Regulars

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    Here's one for the historians among us. At one time Levine hat company had a big hat factory in St Louis, Bee hat company and King Bee were also manufactured in St Louis pretty close to where the Levine factory would have been. Does anyone know if these were 3 separate companies or the same company with 3 separate brands ? Levine still has a store pretty close to where the factory would have been, I believe it is still in the same family. Nice people and a fun place to go.
     
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  6. From what I'm seeing (and my Google Fu appears to be off this morning) it appears that Levine and Bee and King Bee were separate.

    Levine:

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    Bee Hat Company:

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    King Bee:

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    1908:

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  7. Blare

    Blare I'll Lock Up

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  10. glider

    glider One of the Regulars

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    Thanks a lot Bob ! Very cool, I think I need to go down to Levine next week !!
     
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  11. Bamaboots

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    Tell em’ for me that they made a nice hat back in the day.
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  12. A.C

    A.C New in Town

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    This is my father's
    Any info on this hat would be greatly appreciated 20210905_121433_kindlephoto-202040064.jpg 20210905_121440_kindlephoto-201992354.jpg 20210905_121448.jpg 20210905_121518_kindlephoto-201969033.jpg
     

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  13. Frunobulax

    Frunobulax

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    Possibly European.
     
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    Thank you
     
  15. Steve1857

    Steve1857 I'll Lock Up

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    Interesting looking Bowler A.C. Rarely have I seen ventilation holes on both the top of the crown and on the sweatband. Usually, it's either one or the other.

    The remnants of the tip logo suggest this one never had a liner, which is also unusual for a Bowler.

    I'm leaning toward a USA made Derby. It would help if you could say what part of the world you're in, how long your father has had the hat, and where he bought it.

     
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  16. The metric sizing doesn’t seem to fit with a US made hat unless it was made for export.
     
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  17. Frunobulax

    Frunobulax

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    I didn't think that was a metric 57. I think it's a punti 5 and a UK 7.
     

  18. Quite possibly; however, it still makes it unlikely to be a US made hat…even less likely if it was a 57cm hat.
     
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  19. A.C

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    Very interesting thank you all so much .
    My father purchased the hat in New Hamburg
    Ont. At an estate sale he has only had it maybe a little over a year .
     
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  20. A.C

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    I used the old hat stretcher it is definitely 57 cm 20210905_171348.jpg
     

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