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bonedaddy

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Help please! I am looking for a quality fur felt hat with a shape like this one (Tommy Flanagan as Arthur Shelby Sr. in Peaky Blinders). Colour should be something dark and versatile.

Any ideas gentlemen?



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jlee562

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Sovereign grade was ditched in the Deckard era, so a 2014 sale is not out of the question. But I agree that the box is older. They were using the grey and white boxes back then, because I remember being slightly disappointed they didn't do special boxes for the 150th anniversary.
 

The Shoe

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Help please! I am looking for a quality fur felt hat with a shape like this one (Tommy Flanagan as Arthur Shelby Sr. in Peaky Blinders). Colour should be something dark and versatile.

Any ideas gentlemen?



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It looks a bit like the Hornskov Redactor.
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Not cheap, though. I’m sure you (or Peter, the hat maker) could tweak the brim curl.
https://hornskovhats.com/collections/classic/products/redactor

Mike at Northwest is also, as I understand well known for his movie hat replicas.
 
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Sovereign grade was ditched in the Deckard era, so a 2014 sale is not out of the question. But I agree that the box is older. They were using the grey and white boxes back then, because I remember being slightly disappointed they didn't do special boxes for the 150th anniversary.
They did do 150 boxes, they are just disappointingly rather dull.
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dogguira

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I have a question that probably is subjective. Which current Akubra model does best in very windy conditions?
I do need a brim for sun protection since it can get blazing hot when the wind doesn't shut down roads dust storms.
 
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I have a question that probably is subjective. Which current Akubra model does best in very windy conditions?
I do need a brim for sun protection since it can get blazing hot when the wind doesn't shut down roads dust storms.
The Campdraft is the only model that I’m aware of that comes with a wind trolley. It won’t keep it on your head, just from blowing away. Some of their western styles may come with stampede strings but I’m unaware. They could be added. Pull it down snug.
 

The Lost Cowboy

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I have a question that probably is subjective. Which current Akubra model does best in very windy conditions?
I do need a brim for sun protection since it can get blazing hot when the wind doesn't shut down roads dust storms.
Not counting any other factors in, the best hat for windy conditions seems to be the one with the smallest brim and shortest, roundest crown. For that in the Akubra line, the homburg might be a good choice.

But it sounds like you are asking what's the best Akubra for sun protection in a windy environment. No rain? If that's accurate, then an Akubra Balmoral might be a good option - it's their smaller brimmed hemp model. For high wind, I'd want my hat to be a tight fit, so you might keep that in mind and size down instead of up when ordering if you are between sizes.

If you also want it for rain protection, then a fur model with a wind cord might be your best option. The Akubra Campdraft has a wind cord. Problem is, it also has a medium-sized brim which will catch in the wind; but again if you get one with a tight fit and use the wind cord then you will probably do alright - I've often worn a Campdraft in high wind.

I'm a trucker and run a lot in the mid-west and wear a full-brimmed hat 90% of the time. But when the wind is gusting above ~30 mph, I go without a hat or switch to a cap. A full brim is more trouble than it's worth in that environment, so you might consider that as well.
 
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itsallgood

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The David Morgan website states, "The roan leather for the sweatbands is tanned from selected sheepskins, for an exceptional quality. The bands themselves are cut wider than normal to ensure the greatest comfort." That line is referring to the Heritage Collection. I've worn my Banjo Paterson out in high wind commonly without it blowing off. If the roan sweatband has a good fit, then the hat has a good grip.

https://www.davidmorgan.com/shop/category/2_22_26/hats/akubra-hats/heritage-collection/
 

CRH

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The David Morgan website states, "The roan leather for the sweatbands is tanned from selected sheepskins, for an exceptional quality. The bands themselves are cut wider than normal to ensure the greatest comfort." That line is referring to the Heritage Collection. I've worn my Banjo Paterson out in high wind commonly without it blowing off. If the roan sweatband has a good fit, then the hat has a good grip.

https://www.davidmorgan.com/shop/category/2_22_26/hats/akubra-hats/heritage-collection/
I have a Heritage Campdraft. The sweat is awesome. The felt - not so much. It makes me handsome for people who can't tell the difference. Lol
 

Altiori

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Was in St Augustine, FL coming back from a business trip in Miami and stopped by the Panama Hat Company of St Augustine there.. Been there before and purchased a nice Toyo straw beater lid that still looks pretty good.

I was quite impressed by their stock. A full range of Borsalinos, Stetson, and their own array of beautiful Panamas—some of which they craft. All beautiful.

Tony Lippi is the second generation owner. Been in business for over 40 years. All family. Business doing quite well. Pauline and Maria offer excellent customer service.

Tony was in Italy visiting Borsalino’s factory last year and has some excellent photos of the shop and process. He really knows his hats and was a pleasure to chat with.

I loved this Dobbs Milan telescope. Ideal venting. A new addition for hot and humid Savannah. Fun and classic.

Stop by or check out their website.
 

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gilligan

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Can anyone please tell me when and where Royal Park Hats were made? I can't find any information on this company. This is not the Park Royal hats I see mentioned but it is in fact a Royal Park Deluxe. I would estimate the time period to be late 1940s to early 1950s.
 

The Lost Cowboy

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Actor Anthony Hopkins as Dr. van Helsing in the 1992 film, Bram Stoker's 'Dracula':

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A 2009 topic on the Fedora Lounge forum tentatively identifies this hat as a Herbert Johnson Poet, vaguely stating that "the Poet was offered in different brim widths."

Does anyone here have a more specific identification for the Hopkins as van Helsing hat? The brim looks wide to me, wider than that of a Poet. The ribbon is very wide as well, although the ribbon may have been swapped out.

I'm asking on behalf of a friend who is not a member here... yet; I'm encouraging him to sign up!

Thanx in advance!

The association of poets and artists with wide brimmed, tall and straight crowned, soft felt hats dates back at least to the late 18th century. I believe this painting of the German poet Goethe from that time period could very well be the start of it:

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Whenever it started, throughout the 19th Century the "poet" style was closely associated with bohemians and is prominent in a famous series of photos of playwright Oscar Wilde taken some 100 years after the painting of Goethe. Here is one of those photos:

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According to the following website, Herbert Johnson introduced their hat called “Poet” in the early 20th Century and a lot of variations of it have been seen over the decades:

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Since “Raiders of the Lost Ark”, however, HJ’s Poet has been associated almost exclusively with Indiana Jones and the “dimensional” brim (which I believe was not a characteristic of HJ’s Poet until then). One notable exception is the famous Doctor Who hat, which I believe is also an HJ Poet - however, sans dimensional brim.

I would call what Hopkins is wearing a “poet” style but I have no idea if it’s a Herbert Johnson Poet. It could be a custom job. Its dimensions certainly appear too big for it to be an HJ Poet from the post-IJ years.

This history is my own theory, so best taken with a grain of salt. Its advantage is in explaining why this style is called a “poet”, which I have not found explained elsewhere.
 
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MisplacedHillbilly

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Hey guys, I just bought a Lincoln Bennett &Co Bowler from ebay. My question is this, how difficult is it to steam a dent like this out?
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I've read that bowlers use a particularly stiff felt and I haven't the experience of working on one before. Thanks!
 
Hey guys, I just bought a Lincoln Bennett &Co Bowler from ebay. My question is this, how difficult is it to steam a dent like this out? View attachment 613892
I've read that bowlers use a particularly stiff felt and I haven't the experience of working on one before. Thanks!

Not difficult as it will typically want to return to its original position, but you may see a remnant of the edges of the dent.

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Steve1857

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Hey guys, I just bought a Lincoln Bennett &Co Bowler from ebay. My question is this, how difficult is it to steam a dent like this out? View attachment 613892
I've read that bowlers use a particularly stiff felt and I haven't the experience of working on one before. Thanks!

Not difficult as it will typically want to return to its original position, but you may see a remnant of the edges of the dent.

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I agree with Bob. It should more or less pop back into shape without too much difficulty.

Lincoln Bennett & Co Bowler - nice catch btw.
 

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