Thanks for the comment & concerns but this hat was custom made for me coming up on 33 yrs ago. It's been worn on jobsites in country & out, on airplanes, etc. This hat could tell some stories. Setting it on its brim for pictures has done no damage whatsoever. I think it has aged very well.Great looking hat and band, but I gotta admit it gives me the heebie jeebies when I see a western hat sitting on its brim!