How much for a boater? Success! And pictures.

Discussion in 'Hats' started by KeyGrip, Jul 22, 2010.

  1. KeyGrip

    KeyGrip A-List Customer

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    Hey gents. I found a boater that actually fit me today, and since it has no price tag I get to make them an offer. How much does your average vintage boater go for? There doesn't seem to be anything special about it; it's a Resistol, in good shape with no holes or breaks that I could find, and the sweatband is starting to separate in some places. Thanks for your help.
     
  2. Tomasso

    Tomasso Incurably Addicted

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    I've seen them go for cheap on the Bay; like $15-20. Start there.[huh] Seeing how you'll have to have the sweatband replaced....;)
     
  3. KeyGrip

    KeyGrip A-List Customer

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    $20 sounds like a good place to start haggling. Thanks for the tip.
     
  4. 57plymouth

    57plymouth One of the Regulars

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    I paid $15 INCLUDING shipping for my vintage boater.
     
  5. KeyGrip

    KeyGrip A-List Customer

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    May I ask what brand it was and in what condition? If this were a felt hat, I would be able to estimate a value on my own, but I have zero experience with boaters. What are the traits of a good boater? What should I look out for?
     
  6. 57plymouth

    57plymouth One of the Regulars

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    Do these answer your questions? I need to replace the ribbon.

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  7. KeyGrip

    KeyGrip A-List Customer

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    Success!

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    Offered $20 and he took it.

    Step one is to clean it. Is water okay, or should I just dry brush it?

    Step two is to replace the rbbon with something a little less severe. Probably blue and red.

    Thank you Tomasso and 57Plymouth for your help and advice.

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  8. 57plymouth

    57plymouth One of the Regulars

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    I washed mine in water and it destroyed the lining. The sweat band may not survive either. I also had to spray it with several coats of spray starch to stiffen it back up.

    I'd use a fairly stiff brush and compressed air to blow it out. It's amazing how much filth I got off mine with some 120 psi air and an old fingernail brush. I should have stopped there and not washed it in water.
     
  9. KeyGrip

    KeyGrip A-List Customer

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    A good stiff brush took most of the bad dust off. I may go at it with canned air later, but it looks pretty good now. The next step is to find a different ribbon.
     
  10. skyvue

    skyvue Call Me a Cab

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    What size is your boater, if I might ask?

    And me, I'd love to find a vintage boater with a dark ribbon like that. Congrats on your find.
     
  11. 1961MJS

    1961MJS My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    Hi

    Isn't this the same hat, for $100.00??

    http://www.levinehat.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=65_28&products_id=113

    Leon Fux Headwear Straw Boater

    Imported from Italy, the classic straw boater hat, in the finest quality available. Sometimes referred to as the straw cady. This style was the most popular straw hat during the early 1900's.

    Available with 2" brim, and the classic navy/red club-stripe band. The straw boater is traditionally a very "dressy" men's hat.
    Now available in Solid BLACK with a club stripe band for $125.00

    To me $20.00 is about it. Thck hat though.

    Later
     
  12. KeyGrip

    KeyGrip A-List Customer

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    Tag says 7 3/8ths, and it's a little loose on my 7 1/2 LO head. I'm planning on holding on to the ribbon if I swap it out. Let me know when you find your boater and you can take it off my hands.

    Not sure, my crown looks a little shorter. Style wise, they're essentiall the same hat, though I have no idea how boater quality has changed over the years. I don't even know how old mine is.
     
  13. Big_e

    Big_e Practically Family

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    That's a great lookin' boater Keygrip!:eusa_clap Try a small clean paintbrush to get the dust off.
    Ernest
     
  14. BanjoMerlin

    BanjoMerlin A-List Customer

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    A very nice Resistol. Nice score!

    NO WATER!!! When the hat was new it would probably have been able to survive a bit of a rain shower but whatever you do now, keep it dry!

    In 1928 Knox was advertising a boater treated with the "Rainoray" Process that would protect the hat from sudden showers and add weeks to wear. If adding weeks to the life of a straw hat was a big enough deal to advertise we should be amazed that any straw hats have survived for us to see today.
     

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