The Essentials - Must Haves for the Collector

Discussion in 'Hats' started by Garrett, Feb 17, 2013.

  1. Garrett

    Garrett My Mail is Forwarded Here

    I was looking in the stickies for something remotely like this but came up empty. Could we get the lounge's opinions on must haves for the hat collector? Here is what I came up with on the spot but I'm sure there's more to add. Please share what your list entails.

    Top Hat
    Homburg
    Bowler/Derby
    Boater
    Panama (20's or earlier with the Optimo block - doesn't have to be museum grade WPI count)
    Leghorn (30's or earlier)
    Milan (50's stingy)
    Cavanagh (any stingy cav from the 50's)
    Stetson 7X
    Stetson 100
    Stetson Whippet (40's)
    Stetson Stratoliner (40's)
    Longhair (from the first 20 years of the 20th century)
    Velour (preferably pre-war Austrian)
    Borsalino (any wide brimmed 50's number from this manufacturer)
     
  2. Blackthorn

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    I'm not familiar with a Leghorn. Can anyone point me to an example?
     
  3. rlk

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  4. splintercellsz

    splintercellsz I'll Lock Up

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    For me, it would have to be a Stetson Expo Medal/longhair in my size.
     
  5. A Pilgrim
    A Marathon
    A Knox
    A Disney
    A Lee
    A Dobbs
     
  6. Burma Schave

    Burma Schave One of the Regulars

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    Add to the list a flat cap or two.
     
  7. alanfgag

    alanfgag

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    Interesting checklist... I cleave to your short list for starters, Garrett. I would add a couple of early c. 1950 HCA offerings in the 20 and 40 dollar felted edge varieties. And a couple of late 30s/early 40s lightweights - Playboy, Cross Country, etc. Also as many 1930s and earlier Stetson cowboy hats as the budget allows.
     
  8. Blackthorn

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    Thanks RLK, so it's a hot weather hat, similar to a Panama?
     
  9. Garrett

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    Yes, another shade machine variant
     
  10. Blackthorn

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    Thanks, Garrett.
     
  11. danofarlington

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    Everyone wants different ones. You've got some excellent ones up there, and I have! a 7x, an old (maybe 20s) Stetson optimo Panama, Borsalinos of the wide brim variety including 50s I think. The list may be nearly complete for vintage hats. If you add moderns to it, one of my votes would be for a modern Borsalino Alessandria, which I am fond of.
     
  12. How about what my list will NOT include:

    Top Hat
    Homburg
    Bowler/Derby
    Boater
    Any Stingy
    Longhair
    Velour
    Flat or Panel Cap
    Fez
    Beret

    Basically my collection is about non-stingy fedoras, felt & straw....I collect what I'll wear...
     
  13. Mulceber

    Mulceber Practically Family

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    I think trying to create a list of essentials is an exercise in futility. Every hat collector has different aesthetics, which may be affected not just by personal tastes, but also by what is reasonably acquirable. Your list, for example, Garrett, includes a LOT of hats that it would be much easier for a person with a small head size to acquire. As someone with a larger head size, I have hardly any of the items on your list and don't have any great interest in acquiring them simply because the cost would be prohibitive given how little use I'd get out of them. For example, is it really worth the investment for me to spend $500+ dollars on a top hat in my size. For all that, I consider myself no less a hat collector.
     

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