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The Bowler or Derby Hat

The Hatted Professor

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I haven’t bought hats off the ‘Bay for a while but decided to go for this one. I have Cavanagh Derbies but only one in my size, so now I have two. Both are from the ‘40s.
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However, this one is rather musty and looks like mold or something on the sweatband. The photos didn’t really show this or the foxing on the liner. But the felt and silk ribbon and binding and pristine. The leather is dry so will not survive my sweaty head long. I’ll end up having to replace it.
 

Rmccamey

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A real beauty, Brad.

I haven’t bought hats off the ‘Bay for a while but decided to go for this one. I have Cavanagh Derbies but only one in my size, so now I have two. Both are from the ‘40s. View attachment 616037 View attachment 616038 View attachment 616039 View attachment 616040 View attachment 616041 View attachment 616042 View attachment 616043 However, this one is rather musty and looks like mold or something on the sweatband. The photos didn’t really show this or the foxing on the liner. But the felt and silk ribbon and binding and pristine. The leather is dry so will not survive my sweaty head long. I’ll end up having to replace it.
 

Daniele Tanto

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My problematic relationship with bowler hats continues.
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I honestly have to say that when I saw it on sale I had no doubts despite the size and my little love for this type of hat.
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I have some doubts about its origin because it is a masterfully made bowler hat despite having the lining with the "Cabella" brand, a well-known shop in Milan that still exists at the same address.
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The lining is held in place by old pieces of ribbon and I found the word "Stylish" on other Italian hats from the 1920s and 1930s.
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My questions about its origins aside, it is one of the best bowler hats I have found in my search for elegant or distinctive hats. It is light and beautifully built.
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The cambered brims are perfect and curled with perfection and are 5 centimeters, the crown is 11 centimeters at its maximum.
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Felt is a mixture of wool and fur, this makes me think it is "ancient".
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The size as specified is 5 or 57 centimetres.
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One of the best bowlers I've had in my hands.
 

Rmccamey

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Bravo, Daniele!

My problematic relationship with bowler hats continues.
Cabela Bombetta 1.jpg


I honestly have to say that when I saw it on sale I had no doubts despite the size and my little love for this type of hat.
Cabela Bombetta 3.jpg
I have some doubts about its origin because it is a masterfully made bowler hat despite having the lining with the "Cabella" brand, a well-known shop in Milan that still exists at the same address.
Cabella Interno totale.jpg
The lining is held in place by old pieces of ribbon and I found the word "Stylish" on other Italian hats from the 1920s and 1930s.
Cabella Particolare 1.jpg
My questions about its origins aside, it is one of the best bowler hats I have found in my search for elegant or distinctive hats. It is light and beautifully built.
Cabela Bombetta 5.jpg
The cambered brims are perfect and curled with perfection and are 5 centimeters, the crown is 11 centimeters at its maximum.
Cabela Bombetta 6.jpg


Felt is a mixture of wool and fur, this makes me think it is "ancient".
Cabella Particolare 2.jpg
The size as specified is 5 or 57 centimetres.
Cabela Bombetta 4.jpg
One of the best bowlers I've had in my hands.
 

Steve1857

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8,600
Location
Denmark
My problematic relationship with bowler hats continues.
Cabela Bombetta 1.jpg


I honestly have to say that when I saw it on sale I had no doubts despite the size and my little love for this type of hat.
Cabela Bombetta 3.jpg
I have some doubts about its origin because it is a masterfully made bowler hat despite having the lining with the "Cabella" brand, a well-known shop in Milan that still exists at the same address.
Cabella Interno totale.jpg
The lining is held in place by old pieces of ribbon and I found the word "Stylish" on other Italian hats from the 1920s and 1930s.
Cabella Particolare 1.jpg
My questions about its origins aside, it is one of the best bowler hats I have found in my search for elegant or distinctive hats. It is light and beautifully built.
Cabela Bombetta 5.jpg
The cambered brims are perfect and curled with perfection and are 5 centimeters, the crown is 11 centimeters at its maximum.
Cabela Bombetta 6.jpg


Felt is a mixture of wool and fur, this makes me think it is "ancient".
Cabella Particolare 2.jpg
The size as specified is 5 or 57 centimetres.
Cabela Bombetta 4.jpg
One of the best bowlers I've had in my hands.
A lovely find, Daniele. I can understand why you just couldn't resist buying that one.
 
Sometimes a 50's Cavanagh "A Posse Ad Esse" box (Latin: "From possibility to actuality"), has a wonderful additional meaning of the possible, especially when it contains 1930's Stetson.:)

And it is a nice, super clean example, which importantly for me, is in my size. ;)

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Wonderful rolled edge supple sweat:
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Sold in Chicago:
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Sold for $7.50
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Cannot make out the Lot Number......
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Does have a nice clean duplication number stamped on the sweat. Matches the orange tag number.
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Bow detail:
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This one fits well.....and dare I say don't come much cleaner or nicer than this one.:):)

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This hat was found fairly locally in the wild! Those Marketplace/Classified apps/listings can be a good friend sometimes....;)
 

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Steve1857

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Sometimes a 50's Cavanagh "A Posse Ad Esse" box (Latin: "From possibility to actuality"), has a wonderful additional meaning of the possible, especially when it contains 1930's Stetson.:)

And it is a nice, super clean example, which importantly for me, is in my size. ;)

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Wonderful rolled edge supple sweat:
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Sold in Chicago:
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Sold for $7.50
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Cannot make out the Lot Number......
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Does have a nice clean duplication number stamped on the sweat. Matches the orange tag number.
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Bow detail:
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This one fits well.....and dare I say don't come much cleaner or nicer than this one.:):)

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This hat was found fairly locally in the wild! Those Marketplace/Classified apps/listings can be a good friend sometimes....;)
Wow! Fantastic find, Mark. Congrats!
 

CRH

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West Branch, IA
Sometimes a 50's Cavanagh "A Posse Ad Esse" box (Latin: "From possibility to actuality"), has a wonderful additional meaning of the possible, especially when it contains 1930's Stetson.:)

And it is a nice, super clean example, which importantly for me, is in my size. ;)

View attachment 617712 View attachment 617714
Wonderful rolled edge supple sweat:
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Sold in Chicago:
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Sold for $7.50
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Cannot make out the Lot Number......
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Does have a nice clean duplication number stamped on the sweat. Matches the orange tag number.
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Bow detail:
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This one fits well.....and dare I say don't come much cleaner or nicer than this one.:):)

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This hat was found fairly locally in the wild! Those Marketplace/Classified apps/listings can be a good friend sometimes....;)
Oh my gosh! I feel faint and weak and excited and strong as hell!

Definitely Derby fever!
 

Rmccamey

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Location
Central Texas
That is a very nice bowler. I'm glad it fell into good hands!

Sometimes a 50's Cavanagh "A Posse Ad Esse" box (Latin: "From possibility to actuality"), has a wonderful additional meaning of the possible, especially when it contains 1930's Stetson.:)

And it is a nice, super clean example, which importantly for me, is in my size. ;)

View attachment 617712 View attachment 617714
Wonderful rolled edge supple sweat:
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Sold in Chicago:
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Sold for $7.50
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Cannot make out the Lot Number......
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Does have a nice clean duplication number stamped on the sweat. Matches the orange tag number.
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Bow detail:
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This one fits well.....and dare I say don't come much cleaner or nicer than this one.:):)

View attachment 617723
This hat was found fairly locally in the wild! Those Marketplace/Classified apps/listings can be a good friend sometimes....;)
 

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