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Stefan (@steur ) was close in his guess that this one would turn out to be a Stetson Railbird, but it turns out to be an anonymous model that is very similar.

It does have the 2-1/4" brim with triple stitching, but the crown is a bit shorter at 5-1/4" (4-1/4" as creased).

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For comparison, here is Anthony's ( @moontheloon ) former Railbird.

A beaut!
 
Goralnik Hat Co. out of Fall River, Massachusetts. Not sure on the date of this one. I find references to the company from 1923 to 1979. This one says "1950s" to me, but I could be off. Nice that that takes a dry crease easily. 2-1/2" brim, 5-1/2" crown. Shame about the mothing.

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Goralnik Hat Co. out of Fall River, Massachusetts. Not sure on the date of this one. I find references to the company from 1923 to 1979. This one says "1950s" to me, but I could be off. Nice that that takes a dry crease easily. 2-1/2" brim, 5-1/2" crown. Shame about the mothing.

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That is a beautiful hat!
 

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Circa 1960 Dobbs Twenty. 3" Guild Edge brim with a 5-1/2" crown. Yes, that is a moth hole ... not just a nip. A few nips on the top of the crown as well. A beauty of a hat with a flew flaws, but the biggest flaw is that it's not my size. I really like the felt/ribbon color combo and the proportions on this one.

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Flower in the moth hole. That works ;)
 
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Circa 1960 Dobbs Twenty. 3" Guild Edge brim with a 5-1/2" crown. Yes, that is a moth hole ... not just a nip. A few nips on the top of the crown as well. A beauty of a hat with a flew flaws, but the biggest flaw is that it's not my size. I really like the felt/ribbon color combo and the proportions on this one.

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See there? It isn't a moth hole, it's a place for your boutonnière. :cool:
 
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Circa 1960 Dobbs Twenty. 3" Guild Edge brim with a 5-1/2" crown. Yes, that is a moth hole ... not just a nip. A few nips on the top of the crown as well. A beauty of a hat with a flew flaws, but the biggest flaw is that it's not my size. I really like the felt/ribbon color combo and the proportions on this one.

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Several nice ones, Bob. This Dobbs is my favorite…think it could be stretched? ;)
 

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I confess that I have let go of a lot of bowler hats in this period, I hope not to sadden FL friends in love with this hat.
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Some were interesting, but the often small size or the exaggerated price kept me away from them.
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This bowler hat has two features that attracted me.
It is a G.B. Borsalino fu Lazzaro and has a pleated bow that makes it less usual than others
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Second reason it has a quite unusual size 5 1/2 which is equivalent to a 58 cm.
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It is well preserved and is, unlike many of its companions, light.
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These are the measures, the curled brims reach 5 cm ; the crown is 13 cm. and the ribbon measures 3 centimeters.
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There are some small flaws such as a slight deformation of the anterior brim visible in the photograph. A very slight trace of dust on the edge of the brims.
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Many of you know that I don't have bowler hats in my collection, so anyone interested should write to me privately GB Borsalino bombetta 58 3.jpg
It's not like I find such pearls for medium-sized heads every day ;-)

A couple of great hats, gentlemen.
 

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I bought this Borsalino because it was the first one I saw in this configuration.
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Then the size was the right one, perhaps with a little luck.
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So alas it seems not to be.
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Borsalino Antica Casa - Augusta size 6 (french point) or 59 centimeters which becomes a 7 3/8 in the US. A little tight :cool:
Ematite Borsa etichetta interna.jpg The felt is a Misto Ematite with a Piombo color ribbon.
I have never met an Misto of this color (Ematite https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hematite) with a very short fur felt finish and with two vents on each side.
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The color Piombo ribbon is pleated and the hem of the brims decorated with the same color.
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The measurements of this beauty are: the brims are 5.5 cm. the ribbon is 4 cm high. and the open crown is thirteen centimeters.
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Each side of the crown has two vents and has the same characteristics as a recent Panizza Steur found recently, also sold in Sicily, with slightly furry felt and four vents to mitigate the heat of the Mediterranean island.
 
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Stefan (@steur ) was close in his guess that this one would turn out to be a Stetson Railbird, but it turns out to be an anonymous model that is very similar.

It does have the 2-1/4" brim with triple stitching, but the crown is a bit shorter at 5-1/4" (4-1/4" as creased).

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For comparison, here is Anthony's ( @moontheloon ) former Railbird.

Well, it's dang close to one and pretty sweet whatever it is. I saw that Moon's had blocknumber B702. From what I can tell mine has blocknumber B708 (or maybe B703?). Pity yours doesn't have a label.
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Goralnik Hat Co. out of Fall River, Massachusetts. Not sure on the date of this one. I find references to the company from 1923 to 1979. This one says "1950s" to me, but I could be off. Nice that that takes a dry crease easily. 2-1/2" brim, 5-1/2" crown. Shame about the mothing.

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Indeed a pity about the mothing, but it is the underside of the brim and it looks pretty good otherwise. Very nice!

Circa 1960 Dobbs Twenty. 3" Guild Edge brim with a 5-1/2" crown. Yes, that is a moth hole ... not just a nip. A few nips on the top of the crown as well. A beauty of a hat with a flew flaws, but the biggest flaw is that it's not my size. I really like the felt/ribbon color combo and the proportions on this one.

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Another good looking hat with some character.

See more in the Gannon thread!

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Whoa, Nelly! That is really something, Randy.

I bought this Borsalino because it was the first one I saw in this configuration.
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Then the size was the right one, perhaps with a little luck.
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So alas it seems not to be.
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Borsalino Antica Casa - Augusta size 6 (french point) or 59 centimeters which becomes a 7 3/8 in the US. A little tight :cool:
View attachment 426653 The felt is a Misto Ematite with a Piombo color ribbon.
I have never met an Misto of this color (Ematite https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hematite) with a very short fur felt finish and with two vents on each side.
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The color Piombo ribbon is pleated and the hem of the brims decorated with the same color.
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The measurements of this beauty are: the brims are 5.5 cm. the ribbon is 4 cm high. and the open crown is thirteen centimeters.
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Each side of the crown has two vents and has the same characteristics as a recent Panizza Steur found recently, also sold in Sicily, with slightly furry felt and four vents to mitigate the heat of the Mediterranean island.
Fantastic colour on that one and a lovely hat as a whole. Good to see a new Borsalino colour again.

Another one from the "pile". Herbert Johnson heather. The brim is 2-1/4" and the crown is 5" open. The size 7-1/4 tag was loose behind the sweat band.

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Very nice heather, Bob. Great haul of hats. Too bad about the sizing of them.
 

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