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drmaxtejeda

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I've been thinking it would be fun to have a thread for rare and/or unique hats, no matter if they're grail hats or not.
I know @alanfgag has a cork hat which I hope he will post here, for example.
I will start with my recent acquisition, a MacLachlan Golden Beaver Hundred.
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A black Stetson Open Road. It is the only one I've seen.
I had my doubts on whether the sweatband really belonged to the hat, until Bowen suggested checking the numbers on the inside of the sweatband with the paper tags, and they turned out to be the same.
Someone curled the brim, and I meant
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to steam it back straight, or have Ignacio do it, but now I am not so sure I want to.
 

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A black Stetson Open Road. It is the only one I've seen.
I had my doubts on whether the sweatband really belonged to the hat, until Bowen suggested checking the numbers on the inside of the sweatband with the paper tags, and they turned out to be the same.
Someone curled the brim, and I meantView attachment 266583 View attachment 266584 View attachment 266585 View attachment 266586 View attachment 266587 View attachment 266588 to steam it back straight, or have Ignacio do it, but now I am not so sure I want to.
I remember this hat and quite a bit of discussion about it. I didn’t realize you got it Max.
To my recollection Perry is the only other black OR poster.
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This is Stetson Ermine is one of the rarest hat's I've seen. Not mine, of course, but I think it belongs near the top of this nascent thread.
I copied all the pics from a thread created by Dinerman. The hat was listed on Ebay for 5000 dollars, but didn't sell. I contacted the seller, Cuban General Migoya's daughter, who lives in Florida (where else), and she said she was willing to sell it for the same price, but from her measurements and pics I gathered it was a very small hat. So small even I wouldn't be tempred to enlarge it.
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This is Stetson Ermine is one of the rarest hat's I've seen. Not mine, of course, but I think it belongs near the top of this nascent thread.
I copied all the pics from a thread created by Dinerman. The hat was listed on Ebay for 5000 dollars, but didn't sell. I contacted the seller, Cuban General Migoya's daughter, who lives in Florida (where else), and she said she was willing to sell it for the same price, but from her measurements and pics I gathered it was a very small hat. So small even I wouldn't be tempred to enlarge it.View attachment 266604 View attachment 266605 View attachment 266606 View attachment 266607 View attachment 266608 View attachment 266609 View attachment 266610 View attachment 266611 View attachment 266612
The insurance was only for $350 dollars.. i would've paid that, if I had been born then.:)
 

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This is Stetson Ermine is one of the rarest hat's I've seen. Not mine, of course, but I think it belongs near the top of this nascent thread.
I copied all the pics from a thread created by Dinerman. The hat was listed on Ebay for 5000 dollars, but didn't sell. I contacted the seller, Cuban General Migoya's daughter, who lives in Florida (where else), and she said she was willing to sell it for the same price, but from her measurements and pics I gathered it was a very small hat. So small even I wouldn't be tempred to enlarge it.View attachment 266604 View attachment 266605 View attachment 266606 View attachment 266607 View attachment 266608 View attachment 266609 View attachment 266610 View attachment 266611 View attachment 266612


Listed and re-listed on Ebay many times 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 was the last time I saw it listed. Made a 1K offer on it years ago but was turned down. Likely it will never sell at that 5K price.
 

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Which is your rarest hat, @AbbaDatDeHat?
Help me out getting the thread started.
I really do think rare hats are the most interesting, don't you think?
Hi Max, thanks for asking.
Thoughts:
I’d have to say my most rare hats would be the Hopalong Cassidy Valentine then the French Berteil then a couple others that are not so much rare as they are unique and not numerous.
By definition rare connotes few in number, scarce, not often seen or in terms of unusual, limited, interesting, all of which are subjective. What i find unusual or interesting is not necessarily shared by others. However when paired with limited numbers or rarely seen I think we all might agree a hat to be interesting no matter the style.
The Valentine is basically a “one off” without question, the Berteil is seldom seen, both unique, unusual and to me interesting.
I’ll have to get some fresh pics of both and a couple others i feel are unique.
In the mean time Max, you can keep this thread rolling for quite a good while, much to our enjoyment.
Good thread idea.
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Hi Max, thanks for asking.
Thoughts:
I’d have to say my most rare hats would be the Hopalong Cassidy Valentine then the French Berteil then a couple others that are not so much rare as they are unique and not numerous.
By definition rare connotes few in number, scarce, not often seen or in terms of unusual, limited, interesting, all of which are subjective. What i find unusual or interesting is not necessarily shared by others. However when paired with limited numbers or rarely seen I think we all might agree a hat to be interesting no matter the style.
The Valentine is basically a “one off” without question, the Berteil is seldom seen, both unique, unusual and to me interesting.
I’ll have to get some fresh pics of both and a couple others i feel are unique.
In the mean time Max, you can keep this thread rolling for quite a good while, much to our enjoyment.
Good thread idea.
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Thanks, B! You are right. "Rare" is to confining a word. I will see if I can change the name now
 

drmaxtejeda

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Hi Max, thanks for asking.
Thoughts:
I’d have to say my most rare hats would be the Hopalong Cassidy Valentine then the French Berteil then a couple others that are not so much rare as they are unique and not numerous.
By definition rare connotes few in number, scarce, not often seen or in terms of unusual, limited, interesting, all of which are subjective. What i find unusual or interesting is not necessarily shared by others. However when paired with limited numbers or rarely seen I think we all might agree a hat to be interesting no matter the style.
The Valentine is basically a “one off” without question, the Berteil is seldom seen, both unique, unusual and to me interesting.
I’ll have to get some fresh pics of both and a couple others i feel are unique.
In the mean time Max, you can keep this thread rolling for quite a good while, much to our enjoyment.
Good thread idea.
B
Done! I added "or hard to find"
 

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That picture came out better than the selfie! Glad you love the hat, a rare find right there in Mexico City!


Here is a hard to find hat:
Stetson Three-Way, gifted to me by @Just Daniel. He is one of the improvements in my life's enjoyment I owe to the Lounge.
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