Hat Horror Stories

Discussion in 'Hats' started by Scott Wood, Dec 29, 2009.

  1. hatshaper

    I've seen these before, and it sounds like you've had good luck with it? do you shape the crown and the brim or just the crown?
  2. Scott Wood

    Scott Wood Practically Family

    I have had dogs all my life, am known in my area as the dog whisperer and have rescued retrained(you can teach an old dog new tricks) and found homes for a lot of dogs in particular retired greyhounds.
    About 5 years ago I lost my older dog over christmas and his brother just collapsed a few months later so I know what you mean about the Borsalino :|
    At the time I swore that I wasn't going to get a dog right away because I was so sad, then a friend in dog rescue as well came to us about this one:
    She had 3 days to live in the shelter she was in, just had to take her!
    She has been the sweetest and best ever. In this village where they will shoot dogs that they think are being pests she actually gets treats (dammit:mad: ) when she goes visiting and the kids always want to play with her.
    Remember: "all dogs go to heaven"

    Our condolences,

    Tinker and Scott
  3. Signal 13

    Lefty wrote: this one is also pretty ugly

    That is a horrifying sight!
  4. Dillinger fedora for sale

    Think of the eBay bucks an unscrupulous seller could make claiming this belonged to a famous bankrobber and the hole was a gunshot.
  5. steveforse

    steveforse New in Town

    Riverside, CA

    I bought a vintage Stetson crushable fur-felt bowler that was so original, the original packing tissue had crystalized and shattered into a million pieces in the box. I was its first owner. What a dismal caretaker I was, too.

    It was a wonderful hat, but the brim was too flat. I tried bending it up while it was dry, which obviously didn't work. Instead of curling, the felt tore where the grosgrain was sewed on. Not too bad, but what I did next was horrible.

    Long story short, I had super glue everywhere and the had was ruined beyond wearability. If only I had discovered this site back then. I ruined a true classic and still feel guilty.


    More recently, I was trying to reshape my favorite Dobbs fedora. I did a pretty good job by pouring hot water onto the brim and lightly massaging into the shape I wanted. Sadly, what I thought was a leather headband was actually plastic and it melted into a shriveled mess. I'm still upset about that one, too. I hate plastic.
  6. jwalls

    jwalls Vendor

    Las Vegas
    I was about to go out one evening when my dad called from the farm for help with a problem. After helping a cow deliver a calf I discovered a large green stain that any cattleman would reconize on a brand new Open Road that I had forgotten to remove from my head.:eek: :eek: :eek:
  7. texashatman

    texashatman Familiar Face

    South Texas
    I left my dressing room door open and had a number of hats (2 ORs and a modern Temple) laying on the couch. My 110# Chocolate Lab jumped right on top of them and slept all night. When I woke up in the morning I was mad more at myself than the dog. Luckily I was able to work out all the creases so it was more of a scare than a catastrophe. I will never leave that door open at night again.
  8. hatted

    hatted One of the Regulars

    SF Bay Area
    Is that a Knox?
  9. djgo-cat-go

    djgo-cat-go Practically Family

    I have only one and was succesful in blocking 2 fur-felts back into an open crown.. I just did the crown..
  10. cptjeff

    cptjeff Practically Family

    Greensboro, NC
    Knox Tom an Jerry. A rare and collectible one, not to mention quite a fine hat.
  11. hatted

    hatted One of the Regulars

    SF Bay Area
    I thought that was the knox logo on the button. The way I see it, a hat that fine can be worn even with a cigerette burn (though it does play better as a victim of gun violence).
  12. Lefty

    Lefty I'll Lock Up

    Go back one page and follow the link. It's one of the many incarnations of the Knox Tom 'n Jerry.
  13. Sam Craig

    Sam Craig One Too Many

    Great Bend, Kansas
    new to old panama

    Those are some harrowing stories, which make this tame, but it was awful at the moment.

    Many years ago, I bought my first real panama ... tall crown, wide brim ... beautiful hat

    I took my girl to the movies ... I was sitting on the aisle ... and a friend was walking by.

    I said hello but he didn't hear me, so I reached up and grabbed his sleeve.

    He whirled around ... startled, he later claimed ... and grabbed my brand new panama, breaking the straw in the pinch front.:rage:

    That was some 40 years ago and we are still friends to this day, but I don't think a year has passed when I haven't brought the incident up.

    Still waiting for a replacement panama, too[huh]

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