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rlk

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Dinerman had a 150 also. Can't remember which thread the pics are in. I think Chinaski might have been referring to the Ermine Stetson that was also $150.00.

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Later Vanity Stetsons

1954 $1,500
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Current $5,000
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Alan-Eby

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Now that I have a rather cheap wool felt homburg which I'm loving for what it is, I really want a nice fur felt homburg I really like the look of these hats on me. 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.
 

Yeps

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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.

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.
 

Alan-Eby

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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 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.
 
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Time for a needed bump.
My Holy Grail hat is still a pristine Stetson Playboy in 7 5/8 LO.
I've seen some nice Playboys surface lately but not in the large sizes or with the classic ribbon treatment that makes in a Playboy to me.
 

TCMfan25

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Custom English Grey Homburg with matching Grey Brim Binding, 2 inch Black Ribbon, Black wind Trolley, 2 1/4 Brim, 5 1/4 Crown, Open Crown, Beaver Fur Felt! < That and the Diplomat...
 
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bowlerman

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Ho, boy.

My list continues to grow and mutate the more I hang out here... and then of course the hierarchy changes as one finds a good deal, interesting find, etc.

But I would love a sage homburg like the Diplomat TCM posted, though I didn't know what to call it until just now. I have to say that Falcon Park shows a color combination on his website that I think I'd love in a homburg for daily wear. He refers to it as the "Gentleman" and said it was made specifically for a child to match his suit-- Sahara with turftan ribbon.
http://falconparkhattery.com/Custom_Creations.html

Also on my list are a Boss of the Plains with a rolled brim (like the famous period photo I'm sure you all have seen),
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and a quality John Bull topper/ Johnny Depp-- Dead Man hat, maybe in a grey shade.

I saw something by Dave Brown that I drooled over, although the brim is wider and the crown is straight-sided (as opposed to flared), that I thought would be an acceptable substitute for the John Bull.
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Oh, and I want my late grandfather's Stetson fifteen when my dad's done with it! Could this also be a sage color?
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bowlerman

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:eek: 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?)
 
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Neophyte

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:eek: 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?)

Sorry, I just felt that my comment was snooty. It added nothing to the thread, either :).
 
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T Rick

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At the moment, a green Whippet (or maybe another color) in my size. And a few others (including a Stetson 100). But perhaps the most rare? I'm quite taken with Alan and Robert's "The Motor" from Stetson. Those seem to be about as rare as it gets. And hey, I'm in the Motor City after all...
 

DJH

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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!
 
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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!

A bluegrass green Whippet would be excellent!
 

Sam Craig

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One of those original blue Stetson Whippets and a Brown Borsalino ... the one that looks something like an Open Road.

I know where to find the Borsalino ... it's the $300 that I can't seem to locate.

The blue Whippet ... now that is hard to find.

Sam
 

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