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Bradford 7X Hand Creased:

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A brace of black Bari X religious market Borsalinos in 7 3/8. The brims are a generous 3 7/8” and the open crown is six inches. I’ll sell one hat and send the other to be made into a replica of a vintage Stetson I’ve admired. Even if it doesn’t replicate the look I’m sure it will make a fine hat (I have at least three of these conversions).


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A beautiful black hat coming up for sale in my size!
It’s alright, I don’t need another black hat. No, honestly, I don’t. Sure, I don’t have one quite like that, but I don’t need another black hat. Yeah, I do like the look of that big brim, but I don’t need another black hat. I already have lots of black hats - more than any other colour. I don’t need another. I don’t.
 

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A beautiful black hat coming up for sale in my size!
It’s alright, I don’t need another black hat. No, honestly, I don’t. Sure, I don’t have one quite like that, but I don’t need another black hat. Yeah, I do like the look of that big brim, but I don’t need another black hat. I already have lots of black hats - more than any other colour. I don’t need another. I don’t.
:D I remember saying after buying my second black hat… “Not that I NEED any more black hats… I don’t wear the ONE I have enough as it is”. Ahhh.. simpler times. LOL
 

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J. Hückel´s Söhne "Omega", French Point 5 1/2, possibly late 1920s early 1930s. I only know of one other JHS "Omega" Velour (also made for the French Market) on FL that belongs to Robert (RLK) and was found in 2013. The medium weight light absorbing black Velour is of very high quality with high gloss and very pliable so easily dry creases. It's non Liner type with Crown patch. The Band is wide with an interesting Bow design. The Sweatband has the JHS Hanging Cord at the rear. The Paper Label is JHS Post WWI Soft Felt Type 1. A big thank you to Stefan for letting me know about this fantastic Velour, securing the sale and sending it my way.

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Open Crown

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G.A.Dunn & Co. boater (pre-WWI?). Advertised locally as an “Amish hat” for $15, but the seller took $10. Just the right amount of patina …

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No embossing on the sweatband — normal or a replacement? It appears to be a Bon Ton Ivy type.

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This was the typical Ozarks dead drop “the hat is in the BBQ grill on the barn porch — leave the cash”. We all know hats are like drugs. A dime bag of straw …

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Wish I could have topped off the gas tank at this price.
 
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G.A.Dunn & Co. boater (pre-WWI?). Advertised locally as an “Amish hat” for $15, but the seller took $10. Just the right amount of patina …

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No embossing on the sweatband — normal or a replacement? It appears to be a Bon Ton Ivy type.

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This was the typical Ozarks dead drop “the hat is in the BBQ grill on the barn porch — leave the cash”. We all know hats are like drugs. A dime bag of straw …

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Wish I could have topped off the gas tank at this price.
A wonderful Boater, Bob, and a great pick-up story :)

Boaters tend not to have anything on the sweat. With the bon ton ivy, I'm pretty sure its original.
 
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G.A.Dunn & Co. boater (pre-WWI?). Advertised locally as an “Amish hat” for $15, but the seller took $10. Just the right amount of patina …

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No embossing on the sweatband — normal or a replacement? It appears to be a Bon Ton Ivy type.

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This was the typical Ozarks dead drop “the hat is in the BBQ grill on the barn porch — leave the cash”. We all know hats are like drugs. A dime bag of straw …

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Wish I could have topped off the gas tank at this price.
Bob, Great find. The Sweatband cushioning is typical of European Straw Boater Hats (see below). Is there a paper label?

 

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G.A.Dunn & Co. boater (pre-WWI?). Advertised locally as an “Amish hat” for $15, but the seller took $10. Just the right amount of patina …

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No embossing on the sweatband — normal or a replacement? It appears to be a Bon Ton Ivy type.

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This was the typical Ozarks dead drop “the hat is in the BBQ grill on the barn porch — leave the cash”. We all know hats are like drugs. A dime bag of straw …

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Wish I could have topped off the gas tank at this price.
Great boater, Bob.
NINETY FOUR CENTS!! Late 80’s?
 
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Fourth and last purchase which concludes the acquisitions service for winter-spring 2022.
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This too was bought for the color and also because I really like the Barbisio production.
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Barbisio size 60 or 7 1/2 in the USA in one color.
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From the shape and the lining it looks like a Barbisio of the late production of the house of Sagliano Micca.
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The measures of the "magic blue" are: the brims are 5 cm. the ribbon with a very nice bow is 4 high and the open crown is 13cm.
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This hat has a special appeal to me because it comes in a favorite color of mine.
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I hope to find something interesting during the summer months, but sparingly
That is a gorgeous hat in a fabulous colour, Daniele. The way I like to see Barbisio.
Nice score, Marcel. I think I like the 'classic" best. So, what's the verdict?

Smithbilt. The felt is quite dense and stiff. Needs a clean, too.

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That is a big hat, Steve. Going for a Danish cowboy revival?

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?


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The seller gave an immediate refund. She said it had a slight smell so she washed it before shipping it. What can you do?
I have had a few hats come to me in a an envelope, but never one in a shape like this! That's brutal.

Mid-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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Nice hats, Bob. I'm sure that Knox can be saved, and it should be.

Okay, so it's not the sort of thing we usually see around here, but it's nicer than I was expecting:

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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. ;)
If it does the trick, Al, why not? Looks good on you.
 
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Kevin McAndrew "Pakable". Size 7-1/4. Heathered fur felt with a 1-7/8" brim and 4-3/4" crown. Being "Pakable" it is very malleable -- almost creases too easily as any touch will have an effect. Not sure where to date this one. Fagman, Inc. (and Jack Fagman) show up "out there" from 1928 to 1956. There are a couple of trademarks from 1956 for Fagman, Inc. so I assume that they go on for a few years anyway. I am finding that Byer-Rolnick (the maker) did trademark "Pakable" in 1958 and "Kevin McAndrew" in 1961. So ... early '60s? (Edit: "Kevin McAndrew" was first used in '49, so ... being your typical eBay seller ... I will call this one late 1950s). ;)

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Not so sure about the feather ribbon, but the felt looks awfully good.

The first of the three of the new batch.

Adam Majestic from Brent via a refurb from Robert at Wolfbrae.

Robert did a wonderful clean-up job plus a nice soft sweatband refit due to the original being dry as toast.

Will play around with this one, but right now it looks good brim up.


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Oooh, that is beautiful looking hat, Steve. Wonderful job on the refurb by Robert. I really like the brim-up look.

Dobbs brown bowler/derby in 7 1/8:

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Nice find, Brent. I would like to see more curve on the brim of a bowler to be honest.
 
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Bradford 7X Hand Creased:

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That looks to be right up your alley, Brent. Nice!

A brace of black Bari X religious market Borsalinos in 7 3/8. The brims are a generous 3 7/8” and the open crown is six inches. I’ll sell one hat and send the other to be made into a replica of a vintage Stetson I’ve admired. Even if it doesn’t replicate the look I’m sure it will make a fine hat (I have at least three of these conversions).


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If the price is right: why not? I do notice Borsalino seemed to use the Trionfo line for the religious market.

Sadly, some of the provenance of this Resistol Pace-Setter got lost during its refurb.


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Luckily, the liner with the stylized heart shaped like 0 in Resistol survived.

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I'm still playing around with the overall shape and bash, but I'm leaning more for this 1940s look as befits the ca. age of the hat.


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Classic look and I've yet to encounter a Resistol that didn't deliver on quality.

J. Hückel´s Söhne "Omega", French Point 5 1/2, possibly late 1920s early 1930s. I only know of one other JHS "Omega" Velour (also made for the French Market) on FL that belongs to Robert (RLK) and was found in 2013. The medium weight light absorbing black Velour is of very high quality with high gloss and very pliable so easily dry creases. It's non Liner type with Crown patch. The Band is wide with an interesting Bow design. The Sweatband has the JHS Hanging Cord at the rear. The Paper Label is JHS Post WWI Soft Felt Type 1. A big thank you to Stefan for letting me know about this fantastic Velour, securing the sale and sending it my way.

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It is a sight to see (and even better to handle;)). Glad to see it go to the best possible home it could go to.

G.A.Dunn & Co. boater (pre-WWI?). Advertised locally as an “Amish hat” for $15, but the seller took $10. Just the right amount of patina …

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No embossing on the sweatband — normal or a replacement? It appears to be a Bon Ton Ivy type.

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This was the typical Ozarks dead drop “the hat is in the BBQ grill on the barn porch — leave the cash”. We all know hats are like drugs. A dime bag of straw …

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Wish I could have topped off the gas tank at this price.
How nice is that?! Lovely boater, Bob. Makes one wonder about how it got there in the first place. G.A. Dunn was a large retailer and they sourced their hats from various manufacturers.
 

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That is a gorgeous hat in a fabulous colour, Daniele. The way I like to see Barbisio.

Nice score, Marcel. I think I like the 'classic" best. So, what's the verdict?


That is a big hat, Steve. Going for a Danish cowboy revival?


I have had a few hats come to me in a an envelope, but never one in a shape like this! That's brutal.


Nice hats, Bob. I'm sure that Knox can be saved, and it should be.


If it does the trick, Al, why not? Looks good on you.
Yes, the classic has the best proportions, but i like all 3. All very light weight.
 
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