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Redshoes51

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I doubt we'll ever get back to 'floppy western' territory unless some hat obsessive billionaire decides to plunge some serious money into rediscovering the old secrets.

I had noticed several old John Wayne and Clint Eastwood movies where rather stiff-looking hats were quite susceptible to gusts of wind and how the brims would flare up... and then fall right back down into place.

I would see that and think... 'now why can't I find one of those?!'

~shoes~
 
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I had noticed several old John Wayne and Clint Eastwood movies where rather stiff-looking hats were quite susceptible to gusts of wind and how the brims would flare up... and then fall right back down into place.

I would see that and think... 'now why can't I find one of those?!'

~shoes~


They’re out there. If you have time to search and money to spend you can find them...as long as you also have a vintage size head.
 
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I asked Sunrise if they might offer dress weight nutria felts at some point in addition to their current line of western weight felts. This was the response:

“In fact... we’re working on them right now! Going to release a limited amount with this next batch to solicit feedback and hone the specs, but we’re going to test those waters this time around and see what happens. I think we’re gonna do ~10 each in 6 or so more classic colors...“

The new felts have been delayed by the pandemic, but currently are expected to be in stock in July. 100% nutria dress weight hat bodies...sounds interesting.
 
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belfastboy

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I asked Sunrise if they might offer dress weight nutria felts at some point in addition to their current line of western weight felts. This was the response:

“In fact... we’re working on them right now! Going to release a limited amount with this next batch to solicit feedback and hone the specs, but we’re going to test those waters this time around and see what happens. I think we’re gonna do ~10 each in 6 or so more classic colors...“

The new felts have been delayed by the pandemic, but currently are expected to be in stock in July. 100% nutria dress weight hat bodies...sounds interesting.
If they are anything close to the Winchester dress weight nutria I got from Art they will be great felts. I have a moss green, grey, taupe felt that I am waiting to decide what to do with it style wise. Want to be special with it as it has the potential to be the best hat in my collection....much better than even the Winchester beaver/mink blend. I am excited to try out the Sunrise nutria.
 
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I'm surprised at the quality level. Vintage price sheets show nutria priced way below beaver, rabbit, etc...


It was a step or two up from the bottom, but it wasn’t even mid-level on the vintage price scales. We see it most often in westerns and campaign hats, so I’ve wondered if it has the potential to make a good fedora. Then again, Borsalino made some great felt from nutria.
 

belfastboy

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It was a step or two up from the bottom, but it wasn’t even mid-level on the vintage price scales. We see it most often in westerns and campaign hats, so I’ve wondered if it has the potential to make a good fedora. Then again, Borsalino made some great felt from nutria.
I showed the nutria felt to my wife and she asked what it was....I replied..."Rat". She was not that impressed so perhaps she reflects the modern marketplace....folks are adverse to owning a 'rat hat'. …...me, I kind of like it!
 
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I showed the nutria felt to my wife and she asked what it was....I replied..."Rat". She was not that impressed so perhaps she reflects the modern marketplace....folks are adverse to owning a 'rat hat'. …...me, I kind of like it!
Maybe we should call it "Designer Coypu", should be a better sale:)
 

jlee562

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Thanks, Jared. Interesting that they show the OR having a “3 cord band.” I’ve read in this forum that “corded” bands meant a hat couldn’t be an OR.

If I recall the discussion we had around this ad when it was posted correctly, it was speculated that this was a catalog listing error. I have another one saved to my tablet that I just noticed reads "nutria quality beaver," so who knows?
 

1961MJS

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Yep, Beavers are a nuisance. There were some in a neighboring subdivision. They chopped down roughly $5000 in oak trees in a guy's back yard and the other neighbors didn't want the wildlife killed.

Later
 
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Beaver is also a rodent.

And rabbits, "once considered rodents... have been placed in their own, separate family because of a number of traits their rodent cousins lack, like two extra incisors."

Splitting hares, or so it seems to me...

I can’t believe you got away with that “splitting hares” quip. We’re getting slow around here.
 
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