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Discussion in 'Hats' started by Feraud, Mar 13, 2009.
Both of them are just breathtaking! Superb.
Dobbs Hanover Square in blue. Bound brim at 6,5 cm and crown 10,5 at the center dent. Not a lightweight hat at 129 grams but what a glorious hat this is. Nice hand to the felt and the colour is more outspoken blue than for example borsalino's mirtillo or Cavanagh's midnite. Now and again @Michael A wears his and I always liked the look of that one very much. In my view best worn brim up (the brim has quite a pronounced downward snap) but it works either way.
Thanks, Bill. My thoughts exactly.
OH MY!!!!! WONDERFUL!!
Thanks, Mark. Nice addition to the collection for sure!
Love it. HSs are definitely majestic hats.
Mine is gray. I've had both a center dent in it and a diamond, and the CD works better for me for this particular model.
Thanks, Scott. I certainly wouldn't hesitate to buy another one of these (I should be so lucky).
Having recently purchased two blue hats...I found I owned more blue than I thought.....so....I decided to corral them together....they got along reasonably well. Here they are all together!
Then there is on the left a modern production Selentino in a medium blue, along with a fairly recent Stetson Firenze satin finish in navy . The finish on the Firenze is awesome and the felt soft......got lucky on that one.
Then there is a early 40's Adam Executive Homburg on the left along with an early 70's Canadian Stetson with a cool three row stiched brim edge.
And now an unusual modern production Stetson Whippet in navy with a extra wide brim binding on the left (really soft felt too) along with a ?70's? Imperial Stetson Key Club in ultimate finish (suede). The felt on this one really blew me away, THIN, LIGHT AND MOLDS LIKE CLAY! Only much older vintage have I found felt this nice, and the suede finish......AND a 2 5/8 brim........WOW!
The box in the pictures came with the Key Club. Here is a side view showing the shark gill ribbon treatment.
As per usual with hat pictures, all the hats are much darker than in the pictures, except perhaps the Selentino which is closer to the color in the photos, but still darker.
There's an old thread about black fedoras that has been revived. Curious how some view black. For me, a hat is an accessory, it has to be part of a complete outfit. It doesn't matter what colour the hat is as long as it matches or contrasts whatever else is worn. I only have one black hat and it definitely gets worn regularly and I don't go to that many funerals.
But this is my blue heaven, so here's one of my summer blue outfits, worn for once, without a floral shirt.
I recently picked up this blue Marathon. The color looks great in person. I've listed it in the classifieds, so more details there.
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This thread needs a bump:
This VS in navy blue came my way via ebay. It has an almost suede finish.
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Now there’s a hat of hats!!
Dang, your hat rack has got to be plum full of top notch hats! Congrats the suede finish on your new VS is grand. The Art ribbon touch is everything we expect it to be - top notch!
Congrats and thanks for sharing.
Finally joined the blue club! Navy Gannon today (in fact every day since I received it).
I tend to forget this thread. But here's a recent find.
Kingson in mirtillo colour
This thread doesn't get enough love. Here are some additions.
Wilke velour called "Bürstel Electra" in blue. Fedora in size 58 with the raw edge brim at 5,5cm and the crown at 11cm at the center dent. The label says 7, but the measurements add up to a size 58. The blue colour is called "schwalbe" (swallow) on the label. I'm thinking 1930's. Steve @mayserwegener has one on his website in grey. Same model with the loose bow ends. I do find Wilke hats on a regular basis, but they're always the later ones (sixties most likely). This was a nice change, both in style and colour. The hand of the felt is wonderful and the condition is excellent. Just look at that colour.
Otto Döppe of Rostock is in business since at least 1910, but I don't think the hat is that early.
Janyška Gazela chamois in glorious blue. Size 55 (@Hagwood are you paying attention?) with the raw edge brim at 5,5cm and the crown 10cm at the center dent. I think "gazela" refers to the finish (much like "antilope") and the "New Style" on the liner to the model. Janyška was founded in 1921 and got nationalised after the war into Tonak. I don't think they kept the brand name alive after WWII. So they weren't around for long and I can't recall having ever seen one before.
I tend not to bring along hats smaller than my size, but this one is in such a great colour and condition that it had to come. Kind of a funny story actually: I found four (of friday's five hats in total) in the same shop. Appears they have a shop policy though that you can only buy two of the same item (to prevent dealers coming in). I've known about this, but usually the shop help isn't that concerned once I tell them I'm a collector. Not this girl though; she wouldn't budge a millimeter. Well, what to do? I made my choice and paid for two hats. As soon as she was helping other customers I grabbed the two others and trundled down the stairs (the hats are upstairs) and paid for the other two at the downstairs cashier's desk. Felt a bit like I was shoplifting or doing something else illegal, but I got my hats!
I could say, pulchritudinous, but you have cracked that one. It's hard to comprehend that such a word means beauty, it sounds more like an unsociable disease. So how about nefarious? That's what you were, you flagitious miscreant you. But I do understand, like you, I can resist anything, except temptation, and that beautiful hat is sheer temptation. I love the colour, the crease and the ribbon, how perfect it would go with my navy coloured suit.