The Bowler or Derby Hat

Discussion in 'Hats' started by carter, Oct 3, 2008.

  1. ofcoursemyhorse

    ofcoursemyhorse Practically Family

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    Not a natural low crown, but for less than $20 shipped I was more than willing to overlook its flaws for such a cool little bowler.
     
  2. ofcoursemyhorse

    ofcoursemyhorse Practically Family

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  3. mayserwegener

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  4. deadlyhandsome

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  5. steur

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    Beautiful bowler, Brent. I find myself buying the occasional bowler just because of the craft that was involved, even though I don't wear them. I'm guessing that would be the reason you got this one as well.
     
  6. Steve1857

    Steve1857 One Too Many

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    Brent, that is just one super looking vintage American bowler. I'd really like to know more about the history the inside of the hat reveals.

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  7. Steve1857

    Steve1857 One Too Many

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    Me too, Stefan. Though I have ventured out in two. My Lock & Co and your Penumbra renovated. I now have five very nice bowlers. They deserve more headtime outside the house.

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  8. deadlyhandsome

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    The seller didn’t know the size and claimed there wasn’t a tag under the sweatband. I knew the odds were astronomical that it would be in my size, but the seller offered it to me at a price I couldn’t refuse. I won’t keep it, but it was nice getting to hold it even if just for a short time.


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  9. deadlyhandsome

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    Me too. I often wonder what stories these hats could tell.


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  10. M Brown

    M Brown Familiar Face

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    I bought this old bowler hat at an antique store about 10 yrs ago. It was a perfect fit but the leather sweat band was falling out of it so I took it to Peter Bros Hats in Fort Worth Tx and had a new leather band put in.
    It's a Dunlap brand hat. Still has the original liner. Best research I could come up with dates it to the early 1900s.
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  11. Steinbockhase

    Steinbockhase A-List Customer

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  12. mayserwegener

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    I wear a Stiff Felt a few times a month. Wearing a hat with a tall crown and a large brim draws more attention where I live.
     
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  14. sebastian czentner

    sebastian czentner One of the Regulars

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    Really i love the derby. For me is a model that deserves more love from the users.
     
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  15. sebastian czentner

    sebastian czentner One of the Regulars

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    Great Derby.
     
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  16. Andrew friedhofen

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    New here but I've noticed that most bowlers have a homburg like brim. Are they ever called homburg bowlers?
     
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  17. deadlyhandsome

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    The brims, while both are curled and bound, are different. I’ve never heard the term “homburg bowlers,” except in ebay descriptions from sellers who don’t know much about hats.



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  18. mayserwegener

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    Sebastian, Thank you!
     
  19. mayserwegener

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    Up to WWII most major Hat Factories made Stiff Felt Hats and Soft Felt Hats. The Stiff Felt Hat production and Soft Felt Hat production were separate. The brim work for Homburgs was somewhat similar but performed by separate departments.
     
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  20. mayserwegener

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    The highest quality pre WWII Stiff Felts usually had superior components (Liner, Sweatband, Stamping, Printing) and brim work. All you have to do is look back through this thread.
     
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