I'll be keeping my eye out for one this year, or I'll make one out of an old western hat if I can figure out how.
I agree, but I recently found out that the Goodwill here throws out felt hats if they deem them to be unsellable and most are easily cleaned and so I have some I can practise with.There are two difficulties with that which I have thought of in planning the same thing.
First: The curl. I have no idea how to properly curl a brim.
Second: the binding. I standard Homburg has a bound brim, which might be a difficult conversion without the expertise of an actual hatter.
I didn't read the [curt rich] article, just did a google image search for BOP.
But I realized I do have it in William Reynolds/Rich Rand's The Cowboy Hat Book and their guess is about 1860. Was the BOP more in the 1880s?
(Hey, where'd your post go, Neo?)
There are several hats I'd consider to be my Holy Grail:
Borsalino Rollable - with that little fan shaped tin.
Old Silverbelly Open Road
Nice condition green Whippet
I'd also like to treat myself to a high quality Panama from Optimo or the bloke in Hawaii too!