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Rainy day. Actually, today is the first day, since I got the hat four months ago, that the rain hasn’t been too little, too late in the day, or a deluge with lightning. Right now it’s drying on my head, and still feels dampish.
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T Jones

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Reworking a BR20 Bradford Western. It started out as a way too small size 7. I sized it up to a 7 1/4 on a #51 block. The news channel I watch interviews a lot of Border Patrol agents. The one thing I noticed about some of those CBP agents in the interviews is that they wear some cool looking Western hats. I want to try and recreate this hat into something similar. I'll have more when it's finished....

Before:
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Stripped down and on the cook pot:

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Reblocked, brim break put in, and the brim ironed out:
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The open crown is 6 inches tall with a brim width at 3.5 inches. I'll try to reuse what I can that came original to the hat.
I'll have more when it's
finished.
 

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The Four Points Silverbelly 20X Rand...

Made a quick run to the local big box DIY store yesterday for some gardening supplies and, since the weather was tolerable for a change, thought I'd leave the baseball cap at home and wear this.
Have you considered just retiring the baseball cap, and wearing that fine hat instead?
 

T Jones

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Got the Bradford finished except for reworking the original 6 ply ribbon to make it fit the size up of the hat. Ribbon's not yet sewn on in the pics....

New sweat sewn in:
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Cattleman crease with a rolled cowboy curl on the brim...
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I'll have more after I get the ribbon sewn on.

A sing along with Hank.....Pick guitar fill fruit jar and be gayo....


A player piano version...


Hank Williams playlist:
 
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Blare

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Got the Bradford finished except for reworking the original 6 ply ribbon to make it fit the size up of the hat. Ribbon's not yet sewn on in the pics....

New sweat sewn in:
IMG-20220923-084704926.jpg


Cattleman crease with a rolled cowboy curl on the brim...
IMG-20220924-060724332.jpg


IMG-20220924-060635502.jpg


IMG-20220924-060459031.jpg


IMG-20220924-060310392.jpg


I'll have more after I get the ribbon sewn on.

A sing along with Hank.....Pick guitar fill fruit jar and be gayo....


A player piano version...


Hank Williams playlist:
Looks fabulous, Terry.
 
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Got the Bradford finished except for reworking the original 6 ply ribbon to make it fit the size up of the hat. Ribbon's not yet sewn on in the pics....

New sweat sewn in:
IMG-20220923-084704926.jpg


Cattleman crease with a rolled cowboy curl on the brim...
IMG-20220924-060724332.jpg


IMG-20220924-060635502.jpg


IMG-20220924-060459031.jpg


IMG-20220924-060310392.jpg


I'll have more after I get the ribbon sewn on.

A sing along with Hank.....Pick guitar fill fruit jar and be gayo....


A player piano version...


Hank Williams playlist:


Looks great, Terry. I’m glad you’ll be able to keep the six cord ribbon too.
 
5 ply? I don't think I've ever seen one.

G.W. Alexander Hat Co. made for Wolfe's in Salt Lake City. "Arizona" style in a "San Fran" block. 6" open crown, 3-1/2" bound brim with a 1/2" wide 5-cord ribbon. Size 7-1/4. Not sure on age. G.W. Alexander was around from the 1870s to the 1960s at least. Wolfe's was around from 1920 until the '70s. I get a '40s vibe ... but it's just a vibe.

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That 1940s guess seems more than plausible, what with $8.50 (the presumably regular retail price crossed out on the tag) and $4.95 (the sale price) in 1947 money has about the same buying power as $117 and $68, respectively, these days.

Was it that hats — decent ones, made of fur felt or quality straws — were relatively less costly back when there was a larger segment of the population buying the things? I ask because that hat looks to be of a quality that would run $300 or more in 2022.

In the photos the finish seems suede-like. Nice “hand,” I trust?
 

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