The Ray Bentley Collection of Cody artifacts is legit so if it has provenance to that collection then the hat is legitimate too. Here is a pic of the Stetson given to Cody by John B. now in the Cody museum.Needless to say, this isn't my hat, but for those who haven't seen it, this is a William F "Buffalo Bill" Cody Carlsbad hat being sold on Etsy, if you've got close to $5K to spare. I'm told the circumference is only about 22 inches, according to a reply from the seller, etc.
Totally reminiscent of Walter Brennan, I'd say.
So I’ve always wanted an old west style hat and finally got one. I have a lot of westerns, open roads, cattlemen, etc. But this is now my favorite it’s a Clayton by Bailey Hats. Made in the USA from their Frontier Collection.The only thing I don’t like is it’s wool felt but they treat these with some kind of stiffener/repellent because I’ve had another hat by them for years and it still looks new. It is fully lined and has a very comfortable leather sweat band. The liner is beautiful with a picture of a horse. All in all it’s an outstanding hat.
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I haven’t tried to alter the brim on a stiff western, but I would think that with enough steam and patience you could get somewhat of the same effect.
It's easy. Brims on the more modern vintage Westerns like Resistol Stagecoaches, i.e., are thick felted with a good deal of stiffener. In this instance get the brim good and wet, top and bottom, then shape it and set it aside to dry. I use hot water from the tap to get my brims pliable.
Best way of answering your question is for you to try it and report back on your results.
A gallant effort Brent. I like that Gannon a lot! (Not as much as Alan's though ... )
What is the source of the hat body on yours?