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Pedantic correction: You mean a deerstalker, glider. The only "deerslayer" I know of is James Fenimore Cooper's Hawkeye.

I had a deerstalker back in my teenage hat collecting days - some of my parents' friends, knowing of my hat collection, brought me one they found at a shop in England. (Picture for an oral report about hats I did in eighth grade, 1968):

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You're correct, deerstalker, I suppose the brim in back is to keep rain from running down your neck? I just got an E-mail from them, 10% off sale.
 

dkstott

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Did your email for the discount cover all hats and caps?

I received an email about 10% off, but it only cover watch cap styles.
 

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Man, I hope the B.S. with Russia doesn't get in Poland!!!
Aww, hell. That's why the cap I ordered on the 15th hasn't moved in the last week; I hadn't thought about Poland being right next to the Ukraine. Son of a
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ScionPI2005

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For all the fans of Sterkowski "Shelby" model caps, they just announced 2 new colors in harris tweed.

I just saw that. As if my bank account needs any more stress!
 

I-Jusa-I

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Would anyone be able to comment what sort of material does sterkowski use for the "band" of their maciejowka caps? So the part where the sweatband, visor, crown etc are attached to.

Is there a hard plasticy band or leather inside the wool or what sort of construction do they use?
 
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Would anyone be able to comment what sort of material does sterkowski use for the "band" of their maciejowka caps? So the part where the sweatband, visor, crown etc are attached to.

Is there a hard plasticy band or leather inside the wool or what sort of construction do they use?
Assuming they make their caps similarly regardless of model, I don't believe they use anything in the "band" part of their caps that might make them rigid. They might use two or three layers of some kind of fabric as a reinforcement so that part of their caps will hold it's shape, but that's just a guess.
 

dkstott

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According to their website, the visor is lacquered for stiffness in that model. The sweatband is leather, so there's some inherent stiffness.

  • Details: lacquered visor 5.5cm len., crown's diameter ca.23cm
  • Lining: viscose
  • Sweatband: leather
  • Fabric: woolen cloth
 

Edward

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Has anyone bought or handled one of their Union Kepis? I've long been a fan of the look of one of those worn with a mc leather, a la the guy on Brando's left / right of the photo here:

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I do have a green one I got years ago from an ACW reenactment place. It's a cheapo one, but nice enough. The Sterkowski model https://sterkowski.com/historical-r...ather.html#/24-size-58_cm/216-color-navy_blue looks to be a serious upgrade in terms of hat quality - I particularly like that the brim looks to be a single pieced of leather rather than leather sewn over card. Not concerned with historical accuracy to what was actually worn in the ACW here, more curious whether anyone has handled one and considers it worth the upcharge as it is more expensive than I could find one from from a sutler, but....
 

dkstott

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Has anyone bought or handled one of their Union Kepis? I've long been a fan of the look of one of those worn with a mc leather, a la the guy on Brando's left / right of the photo here:

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I do have a green one I got years ago from an ACW reenactment place. It's a cheapo one, but nice enough. The Sterkowski model https://sterkowski.com/historical-r...ather.html#/24-size-58_cm/216-color-navy_blue looks to be a serious upgrade in terms of hat quality - I particularly like that the brim looks to be a single pieced of leather rather than leather sewn over card. Not concerned with historical accuracy to what was actually worn in the ACW here, more curious whether anyone has handled one and considers it worth the upcharge as it is more expensive than I could find one from from a sutler, but....
@deadlyhandsome comes to mind from memory
 

I-Jusa-I

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According to their website, the visor is lacquered for stiffness in that model. The sweatband is leather, so there's some inherent stiffness.

  • Details: lacquered visor 5.5cm len., crown's diameter ca.23cm
  • Lining: viscose
  • Sweatband: leather
  • Fabric: woolen cloth
That list does not specify what the actual "heart band" material is. I would like for it to be fully woolen so its not too stiff, I have another maciejowka from an independent polish hat maker but that one has a hard plasticy band, which I dislike.
 

dkstott

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That list does not specify what the actual "heart band" material is. I would like for it to be fully woolen so its not too stiff, I have another maciejowka from an independent polish hat maker but that one has a hard plasticy band, which I dislike.
Have you sent them an email via their website? They've been pretty responsive to my questions about caps in the past..
 

I-Jusa-I

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Have you sent them an email via their website? They've been pretty responsive to my questions about caps in the past..
Yes I did send them a question through their etsy page, waiting on a response. Was just wondering if anyone here knew it too.
 

Edward

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The B!Ware hat company also offers a similar style. They are custom made but they are workman’s hats.

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That's a brand used to be talked about round here a lot, but has sort of disappeared from visibility. Nice to see they are still around - I have one of their eight panel caps somewhere I got years ago, quite enjoyed the fact it had a wire in the peak so it could be shaped.

These always looked like a nice version of the Brando cap, though I wasn't so keen on the strip of gold leather they used in place of the original's chain.
 

I-Jusa-I

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Would anyone be able to comment what sort of material does sterkowski use for the "band" of their maciejowka caps? So the part where the sweatband, visor, crown etc are attached to.

Is there a hard plasticy band or leather inside the wool or what sort of construction do they use?
Apparently they do use a hard rigid plastic material in the main band of the hat, at least on the maciejowka model 2 I was asking about. Shame, I really dislike the rigidness and would have loved a more flexible cap.
 

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