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Here is a "Swoop" flange. Custom made (and this one is unmarked), many a western shop (and even Stetson) had these to give consistency to "their" brim curvature. These were NOT used with a press but only an appropriate hand/steam iron, and can work with many size and style hats. Guaranteed to put a "SMILE" on your western hat!;)
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I have had this for some time but have never actually used it. I have "swooped" a few brims in my time, but I just did it with an iron alone...I did not feel the need to be THAT precise.;)
 
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Here is a "Swoop" flange. Custom made (and this one is unmarked), many a western shop (and even Stetson) had these to give consistency to "their" brim curvature. These were NOT used with a press but only an appropriate hand/steam iron, and can work with many size and style hats. Guaranteed to put a "SMILE" on your western hat!;)
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I have had this for some time but have never actually used it. I have "swooped" a few brims in my time, but I just did it with an iron alone...I did not feel the need to be THAT precise.;)
Oooh, another thing I don't have, that I didn't know existed and now I NEED one.....just because. I love the iron to the right as well!!
 

moehawk

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I don't know how often any hatters here a need for a size 6 5/8 block. This one belongs to a friend who has a vintage shop in my little town. She lent it to me to fix up a hat I recently found. It is for sale, so if anyone is in need of a small block with a nice profile, pm me and I'll get you her contact info. $60 plus shipping is her price.

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TWKundrat

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My boss was nice enough to bring back a couple of goodies for me from a recent trip to Paris. The stretcher will definitely be handy to have and the block is at least an interesting piece to have on a shelf. Do you all think the block is for ladies hats or maybe a traditional french flat cap or military hat of some sort?
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My boss was nice enough to bring back a couple of goodies for me from a recent trip to Paris. The stretcher will definitely be handy to have and the block is at least an interesting piece to have on a shelf. Do you all think the block is for ladies hats or maybe a traditional french flat cap or military hat of some sort? View attachment 545812 View attachment 545811
Looks like the block is for a traditional magistrates' hat.

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