Wow. That's just so wrong that I can't even give your post a "like" Brent. Maybe if you washed it again to get rid of the mold, then put it in the dryer...nah, never mind.Here’s a black Dobbs Homburg (1970s?) that I found on eBay. It arrived in a box half the size it should have been, but that wasn’t the biggest problem:
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I’ll get a full refund, including shipping and taxes, but it’s a shame to see even a more recent hat end it’s days like this. Who crams a damp hat into a plastic bag then forces it into a shoe box before shipping across country?
The seller gave an immediate refund. She said she it had a slight smell so she washed it before shipping it. What can you do?
Wow. That's just so wrong that I can't even give your post a "like" Brent. Maybe if you washed it again to get rid of the mold, then put it in the dryer...nah, never mind.
Pretty color comboMid-1930s (?) Knox. Size 7-1/8 . 2" raw-edge brim and 5-3/4" open crown. Frayed ribbon. This one was a bit of a disappointment as the auction only had two exterior photos and one close image of the store name embossing. I asked for more info and photos (asking about a size tag or factory sticker and any other marking on the sweat band or interior felt). A response that just said there were not any other marking is all I got back -- no disclosure about the unreeded sweat band that was hanging by a thread. I got it cheap enough, but sure wish it was in better shape for a future owner. No significant mothing anyway.
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1960s (guessing mid-1960s) Stetson The Sovereign Twenty with mode edge. The brim is 2” wide and the open crown is approximately 5 5/8 inches. I don’t know if it’s more telling for what inflation did to $20 or how Stetson’s hat making declined, but this hat is nothing at all like the quality of a Twenty made just ten years earlier. It seems to be made better than modern Stetsons, but the felt is very similar to current Royal DeLuxe hats. No label behind the sweatband and the liner is glued in. This hat will not be staying.
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It’s really not a bad hat when compared to modern hats, but it’s nothing at all like the vintage hats I like so much. It kind of makes me sad to see and feel the decline of American hat making.
Well, the seller was very embarrassed and gave an immediate full refund. When people admit to their mistakes it’s always easy to forgive them and not take it personally. I REALLY don’t need another black homburg so no real harm done. I might see if I can clean it up just to see.
I've got two Bailey Toyo hats. One soft like yours, the other a bit more rigid (but still quite flexible) with a wider brim. I enjoy wearing them both - especially the more rigid one.Okay, so it's not the sort of thing we usually see around here, but it's nicer than I was expecting:
Bailey Hats "Billy" in black. Toyo braid (55% Polyester, 45% paper straw), 4-1/2" crown height, 1-5/8" brim width. This being what most would consider to be a "straw" hat, I expected it to be more rigid than it is but it's actually rather soft and conforms to my head easily. The stingy brim doesn't seem to offer a lot in the way of protection from the sun, but this hat is so comfortable that it just might become my favorite...for a little while, anyway.
This, and the hat I just posted in the Hawaiian shirts and fedoras thread, are my first Bailey hats and I'm liking them so far. Hopefully they'll hold up under my clumsiness and unintentional abuse.I've got two Bailey Toyo hats. One soft like yours, the other a bit more rigid (but still quite flexible) with a wider brim. I enjoy wearing them both - especially the more rigid one.
I've got the Hester in sand...