Favorite Crown Shape

Discussion in 'Hats' started by spiridon, Feb 1, 2007.

  1. spiridon

    spiridon A-List Customer

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    I'm sure this has been asked before in some form or another, thought I would post it as a poll to find out what the majority here prefer...What is your favorite crown bash or shape?
    ....and as a followup, what proportion of your hat collection does your favorite shape fill?

    I would say the diamond shaped crown is my favorite, although that shape only makes up a small percentage of my collection. My next favorite shape, the "C" crown make up the majority of my collection.
     
  2. Feraud

    Feraud Bartender

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    I voted center dent but the majority of my collection is made up of various bashes.
     
  3. high crown deep centre crease . . .

    bk
     
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  4. Orgetorix

    Orgetorix Call Me a Cab

    C crown. Not sure why.
     
  5. J. M. Stovall

    J. M. Stovall Call Me a Cab

    All my hats are diamond. And if they don't come that way I change them. I also like to bash some of them all in, kind of a cross between a diamond and a teardrop. Does it have a name? I see it in old movies all the time.
     
  6. Razzman

    Razzman One Too Many

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    I'm partial to the C-Crown. Most of my hats are based with the C-Crown, and a couple with Center Crease.
     
  7. Bud-n-Texas

    Bud-n-Texas Practically Family

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    C-Crown has always been my favorite, although recently I have come to appreciate the diamond crown as well. I guess the two are not that far apart.
     
  8. RedPop4

    RedPop4 One Too Many

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    I appreciate the varied interest of the diamond shape, but don't know if I'll ever do one. Most of my hats are center dent, by accident, not design, so I'll vote for that one since most of my collection happens to be that shape.
     
  9. Wolfmanjack

    Wolfmanjack Practically Family

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    Diamond/"C" Crown Hybrid

    I wear a diamond/"C" crown hybrid, very casually bashed. As close as I can get to the Sam Spade bash, to wit:
    [​IMG] [​IMG]

    More important to me is the height of the crown (very high), the depth of the bash (very deep) and the degree of taper (as little as possible).

    I prefer a bash, like Bogie's, that is rather casually executed; individually made, not not a factory-made clone.
     
  10. PeeWee

    PeeWee One of the Regulars

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    Same here
     
  11. J. M. Stovall

    J. M. Stovall Call Me a Cab

    That's what I'm talkin' about! I guess it doesn't really have an official name.[huh]
     
  12. WideBrimm

    WideBrimm A-List Customer

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    Pinch Front

    I voted for the C-crown which I do like, although I seem to have more center dents than anything else.

    My favorite style of hat is the pinch front with a fairly wide brim, and with a one inch ribbon.:D
     
  13. DOUGLAS

    DOUGLAS My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    I am partial to a high crowned center crease like this
    [​IMG]
    For some reason most of my recent purchases have all been with a C-crown.
     
  14. feltfan

    feltfan My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    I'm with Douglas when it comes down to it.
    But part of the reason for owning a lot of hats
    is to have hats with more than one bash.
    Some hats lend themselves better to one bash
    or another. If I had to choose, I guess it would
    be a high center dent.

    Thanks also to Wolfmanjack for pointing out the
    difference between the factory C-crown that we
    see on so many hats today, which I hate, and the
    hand-bashed C-crown, which I love. The factory
    C-crown just looks like it was pressed in by a machine.
    Exception being 40s Panama hats, that sometimes look
    good that way, probably due to the fact that the old
    blocks had more style. And you can't hand-bash a Panama...
     
  15. deanglen

    deanglen My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    I like it like this,
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    dean
     
  16. The Wingnut

    The Wingnut One Too Many

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    I'm a c-crown fan, but I'd really like to get my hands on a '30s fedora with a crown high enough to do a proper reverse-taper inducing center dent. I've only got one hat that will do it right now, and the brim appears to have been trimmed down too far at one point.

    I hand-bash most of my lids when I get them. Art rebuilt a vintage camel-colored Stetson for me and put a nice block in it. That's the only one I haven't messed with.
     
  17. spiridon

    spiridon A-List Customer

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    I HEAR ya Wolfmanjack! I liked this particular "look" so much, that I had Art make me one based on this same picture. I prefer the "handbashed" look on all of my felts.:) :)
     
  18. Wolfmanjack

    Wolfmanjack Practically Family

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    Whippet Bash

    Here is an interesting 5-point bash that was in this Stetson Whippet when I found it at a vintage clothing store:
    [​IMG]
    This is obviously a carefully hand-made bash created many years ago by the previous owner. Although I like to put my own bash in my hats, this one is a piece of history and I would never touch it.
     
  19. feltfan

    feltfan My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    I have that "Superman" 5-point bash in a few of my
    vintage hats. It's actually not too hard to do if you have
    good felt (and those Whippets tended to have outstanding felt).
    They all but fall into it.

    Now that I have my source of steam back up (my big espresso
    machine), I'm looking to rebash some hats. In particular I'm
    playing with a few bashes for my 40s Stetsonian. Can't decide.
    It's fun.
     
  20. Wolfmanjack

    Wolfmanjack Practically Family

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    "Superman" meaning the bash worn by Clark Kent? In which movie or TV program was it worn?
     

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