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Rmccamey

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Trimble in size 7 1/2 with “Exclusive Floating Fit” sweatband. The felt is soft and thin, but not particularly dense. It’s a lightweight that molds and reshapes easily. The brim has a lot of flange to it. The open crown is 5 1/2” and the brim is 2 3/4” with narrow binding. The felt reminds me strongly of modern Borsalino fedoras made for the religious market.

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Blare

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Trimble in size 7 1/2 with “Exclusive Floating Fit” sweatband. The felt is soft and thin, but not particularly dense. It’s a lightweight that molds and reshapes easily. The brim has a lot of flange to it. The open crown is 5 1/2” and the brim is 2 3/4” with narrow binding. The felt reminds me strongly of modern Borsalino fedoras made for the religious market.

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Nice looking hat
 

StoryPNW

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Just got my new to me Akubra Banjo Paterson, my first Heritage collection hat. I really like it. Felt is nice, comfortable fit, I did have to steam it and shape it a little for my long oval head. Its in great shape, looks like it was hardly worn. I can tell it's going to get a lot of head time once it cools down again.
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mullitt

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Couldn’t pass up this 40s/50s Royal Stratoliner even though it’s too small for me. As nice as felt gets in my experience. Found it in an antique store. Will make a nice gift for someone.
 

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Mossant fedora in grey for Gérard Sools. Colour is called "charcoal" and it's unusual to find an English colour name on a Mossant hat. Size 57 with the raw edge brim at 6cm and the crown fairly low at 9,5cm at the center dent. Nice hand to the felt and the hat is lightweight at only 90 grams. Would have liked the flange in the back to be less steep though.

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Mossant fedora in grey for Gérard Sools. Colour is called "charcoal" and it's unusual to find an English colour name on a Mossant hat. Size 57 with the raw edge brim at 6cm and the crown fairly low at 9,5cm at the center dent. Nice hand to the felt and the hat is lightweight at only 90 grams. Would have liked the flange in the back to be less steep though.

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I see what you mean on that rear flange.. I kinda like it though.
 

Gary in NC

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I received a new hat today! It’s a Stetson Special Edition Hemp Stratoliner. I first thought they didn’t include the plane pin but I found it loose in the bottom of the box so no biggie.

Anyway I‘ve been wanting another nice straw hat for the summer but it had to be one that‘s durable and that a sudden North Carolina foothills rain shower won’t ruin. I’ve been intrigued by Stratoliners for some time now, so a straw version in hemp kind of made sense. I think this will definitely fit the bill. Seriously, the pictures I’ve seen of this sand colored Stratoliner don’t do it justice. In person it’s absolutely stunning! I shot the pictures right after I took it out of the box and turned up the brim. The size is perfect. Not too shabby!

One thing I’m wondering though is if the sweatband is correct. It says “The Open Road” on it rather than “Stratoliner”. I don’t really care - just wondering for curiosity’s sake.


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One thing I’m wondering though is if the sweatband is correct. It says “The Open Road” on it rather than “Stratoliner”.

Forty years from now heads will explode on the Lounge when your grandkid posts photos of it in the "Grandpa's Hat" thread. Theories will abound about a rare "Stratoliner X Open Road" version and members will bemoan the fact that Stetson didn't keep better records. Not that the grandkid would sell it, but they could list it with both keywords on eBay and double their market.

Or you can just accept it as a sort-of-cool quality control issue.

Regardless, it's a great looking hat and you wear it well!
 

Gary in NC

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Forty years from now heads will explode on the Lounge when your grandkid posts photos of it in the "Grandpa's Hat" thread. Theories will abound about a rare "Stratoliner X Open Road" version and members will bemoan the fact that Stetson didn't keep better records. Not that the grandkid would sell it, but they could list it with both keywords on eBay and double their market.

Or you can just accept it as a sort-of-cool quality control issue.

Regardless, it's a great looking hat and you wear it well!

Thanks for the compliment Bob! You could be more right than you'd even imagine.

I've seen this kind of thing with vintage drum sets made by Ludwig back in the 60's. Some of them had quirky quality control things going on that didn't affect their build quality or sound but certainly make them unique. Some collectors actually seek those drums out for their collections. I've got a set of them that are badged with logo plates from two different eras because they were using up the old badges that were left over. I just love it.

Anyway, this sweat band reminded me of that - and I think I actually like the hat better if it is indeed a quirky QC thing. The apparent quality of the hat is just terrific otherwise, so a little quirk like that just makes it more special to me.
 

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So my wife doesn’t love this hat—“it’s eye-catching” she said while rolling her eyes. And it is a pretty bold statement of a hat, with a 5/8” copper binding that really catches the light and a dramatic 2 3/4” brim.

Apart from some anxiety about pulling off the wearing of such a hat, it is one of the nicest fedoras I’ve ever held. A Dobb’s Fifteen originally purchased in Philadelphia. The felt is unbelievably soft and malleable. It feels like velvet—such a difference from my other hats. I get why you would’ve paid the extra $5 back in the day.

Keeping it for now—will see how brave I’m feeling in the fall.

David

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belfastboy

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So my wife doesn’t love this hat—“it’s eye-catching” she said while rolling her eyes. And it is a pretty bold statement of a hat, with a 5/8” copper binding that really catches the light and a dramatic 2 3/4” brim.

Apart from some anxiety about pulling off the wearing of such a hat, it is one of the nicest fedoras I’ve ever held. A Dobb’s Fifteen originally purchased in Philadelphia. The felt is unbelievably soft and malleable. It feels like velvet—such a difference from my other hats. I get why you would’ve paid the extra $5 back in the day.

Keeping it for now—will see how brave I’m feeling in the fall.

David

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Do you think the binding is original?
 
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So my wife doesn’t love this hat—“it’s eye-catching” she said while rolling her eyes. And it is a pretty bold statement of a hat, with a 5/8” copper binding that really catches the light and a dramatic 2 3/4” brim.

Apart from some anxiety about pulling off the wearing of such a hat, it is one of the nicest fedoras I’ve ever held. A Dobb’s Fifteen originally purchased in Philadelphia. The felt is unbelievably soft and malleable. It feels like velvet—such a difference from my other hats. I get why you would’ve paid the extra $5 back in the day.

Keeping it for now—will see how brave I’m feeling in the fall.

David

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Looks fantastic, David. It’s bold, but it hasn’t crossed the line into a novelty: I really like it!
 

Steve1857

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So my wife doesn’t love this hat—“it’s eye-catching” she said while rolling her eyes. And it is a pretty bold statement of a hat, with a 5/8” copper binding that really catches the light and a dramatic 2 3/4” brim.

Apart from some anxiety about pulling off the wearing of such a hat, it is one of the nicest fedoras I’ve ever held. A Dobb’s Fifteen originally purchased in Philadelphia. The felt is unbelievably soft and malleable. It feels like velvet—such a difference from my other hats. I get why you would’ve paid the extra $5 back in the day.

Keeping it for now—will see how brave I’m feeling in the fall.

David

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Absolutely love the look of that Dobbs Fifteen, David.

Looks good on you, too.
 

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