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Boater faction!

Discussion in 'Hats' started by Alon, Feb 20, 2008.

  1. Alon

    Alon One of the Regulars

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    I wonder how the popularity of this hat compares with that of fedoras and caps. Show us your boaters!

    I read that vintage hats tend to shrink over time, so that what was once a 7 1/2 may today be too small for a 7 1/2 head. Should I worry about vintage boaters, too, or does the straw not shrink?

    (And yes, I'm already planning my summer wardrobe)
     
  2. NonEntity

    NonEntity Suspended

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    What, exactly, is a "boater?"
     
  3. AlanC

    AlanC My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    Hmmm. Something like 'Boater Brigade' sounds better to me. Or maybe, 'Float Your Boater'. ;)
     
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  4. J.B.

    J.B. Practically Family

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    clicky

    Atsa nice. Atsa real nice. :D
     
  5. Sassman

    Sassman New in Town

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    I've got two 7 1/2" Italian straw, boaters from the 90's and though they aren't as light colored as they used to be, they still fit just fine. No shrinkage.
     
  6. funneman

    funneman Practically Family

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    Hey sassman,

    That's a great avatar photo.:eusa_clap
     
  7. Alan Eardley

    Alan Eardley One Too Many

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    I wear a boater regularly in summer with flannels and a blazer.

    I get lots of derogatory comments, which I always ignore.

    I've had it for years and I can't imagine it shrinking.

    Alan
     
  8. Dinerman

    Dinerman Super Moderator Bartender

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    I've got a nice '20s Temple XXX. It's a great weave, not like the modern ones at all.
     
  9. Sassman

    Sassman New in Town

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    Thanks funneman. That's me, in vintage Paparazzi gear, performing at Paramount Studios, for a private function. I'd wear my Boater if it were a 30's Paparazzi gig.
     
  10. animator

    animator One of the Regulars

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    I love boaters! Unfortunately I look terrrible in them. I tried one on at a hat store a few months ago. I was quite excited and the fit was great, but the mirror reflection... OUCH!

    I almost bought it just to have one, but my wife wouldn't approve.

    If you can pull off wearing one I envy you!
     
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  11. Fletch

    Fletch I'll Lock Up

    Hint

    Wear it low in the front. It's a sunshine, shade-giving hat, not meant to be pushed back on your bean.

    If you wear it right you have the rakish air of a gondolier. If not, you look like a butcher (nothing against butchers, mind you).

    They don't shrink, BTW. I have one I bought 25 years ago at Brooks Bros. ($55 then, more like $125 today.) I was then a 7 1/2, I'm now a 7 5/8, but it still fits.
     
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  12. Mike1973

    Mike1973 A-List Customer

    Found this yesterday...

    Found this gem yesterday in the local Oxfam...

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    I was just passing, as you do, and it caught my eye... looked inside as saw that it was my size...

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    So tried it on...

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    Then thought "What the hell am I going to do with a boater? I'm never going to wear it?" so walked away...

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    Lasted all of ten minutes before I caved in and went back... :eusa_doh: Boaters need love too! :eusa_clap

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    The sweat band has come away, revealing an otherwise hidden stamp "HAT MANUFACTURERS SUPPLY COMPANY LTD, STOCKPORT, PATENT NO. 10005 1908" I assume the 1908 is a date?
    There are also a couple of difficult to read embossed stamps in the card liner- (and impossible to photograph)

    See The ELASTIC Is Tied Under Leather
    Regular Size

    And the other...

    AS WORN BY KING GEORGE V.
    CUSHION FITTING
    FRACTIONAL SIZES
    POSITIVE VENTILATION
    PATENT NO. 10005-08
    REGISTERED IN ENGLANDAND FOREIGN COUNTRIES
    COMFORT HAT

    It's a size 7. The liner could be re-attached as it's just the stitching that has gone. Not really visible in the photos bit there is a slight crease on the side of the brim. I'm not sure there is a way of fixing this?

    Blew a weeks worth of lunch money on it, and I can't even see me wearing it, I love my flat caps too much [huh]
     
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  13. Alex Oviatt

    Alex Oviatt A-List Customer

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    "Thoroughly Modern Millie" is a good boater movie. The costumes have that odd timewarp of the 1920s as seen throught the prism of the 1960's, but lots of great boaters. A young John Gavin in an Arrow collar and a boater--now that sets the standard....
     
  14. jake_fink

    jake_fink Call Me a Cab

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    That's a good one. Is it as clean, pristine and free of dings, scrapes and notches as it appears to be?
     
  15. Feraud

    Feraud Bartender

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    That's the way to wear it.
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  16. surely

    surely A-List Customer

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    I get a lot of pleasure just looking at my boater, takes me back in time.
     
  17. DerMann

    DerMann Practically Family

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    I think I shall invest in a boater for the upcoming summer. I think it'll look splendid with a linen navy blazer and seersucker pants. Brighton, anyone?

    Unfortunately, it'll have to be new production, as a vintage hat anywhere near 7 3/4 will be out of my price range.
     
  18. cookie

    cookie I'll Lock Up

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    I wore one at school for years. You have the right face for that lid!:eusa_clap not everyone does BTW
     
  19. Tony in Tarzana

    Tony in Tarzana My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    I'm obviously ecstatic with mine.

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    Really I am, thanks Besdor!
     
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  20. Mike1973

    Mike1973 A-List Customer

    Tony, you've got that "That's another fine mess you gotten me into...:eusa_doh: " expresion down to a T!

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    Seriously though, the boater suits you!:eusa_clap And the 'tache looks good, mine was short lived, the Better Half didn't really approve...:(
    Smart 'taches go so well with boaters...

    Jake-fink, there is a slight crease along the side of the brim, but not much... laid flat the bent side is 1/4 " higher, doesn't really show when worn. I wonder if it can be bent back? But I don't want to do more damage... maybe steaming, then bending, will work? Or adding a weight to press down...

    Still not convinced I could wear it with the confidence I wear my old Newsboys, or Slouch hat... If it's good enough for George V though...;)
     
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