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Western, anyone?

VoodooSan

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Hi
The taxidermy companies carry a spray to keep the snakeskin fresh. Andelus Reptile / Exotic Skin Formula.
Cool hat and band.
Mike, thanks so much for the tip about the Angelus products. I went with the Reptile and Exotic Skin Conditioner, and, while it's hard to really tell from a photo, it's made a HUGE difference in the appearance of the band.

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VoodooSan

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Some hats require more fine-tuning than others, to get them “right”, or at least, “right” in their owner’s eyes. I’ve never cared for the thin ribbons on silverbelly Open Roads, never mind that when I bought mine, the ribbon was stained. No horsehair band I ever put on quite did it for me either; I always felt I was just “making do”, instead of getting to where I wanted to be. So, fortuitous happenstance: when I recently converted a years-old antique store beater to a Cowboy Shooting hat for a Valdez is Coming outfit, I took off what was really the most decent part of the original hat: a 6-cord band from probably the late 50’s/early 60s. That went on the OR yesterday morning, and I believe I am finally pleased with it.

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Rmccamey

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Looks like a worthy "custom", Mark.

Some hats require more fine-tuning than others, to get them “right”, or at least, “right” in their owner’s eyes. I’ve never cared for the thin ribbons on silverbelly Open Roads, never mind that when I bought mine, the ribbon was stained. No horsehair band I ever put on quite did it for me either; I always felt I was just “making do”, instead of getting to where I wanted to be. So, fortuitous happenstance: when I recently converted a years-old antique store beater to a Cowboy Shooting hat for a Valdez is Coming outfit, I took off what was really the most decent part of the original hat: a 6-cord band from probably the late 50’s/early 60s. That went on the OR yesterday morning, and I believe I am finally pleased with it.

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VoodooSan

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I don’t actually haunt the three antique stores closest to my home, but when chores or errands take me near any of them, I usually find nearby parking, dash in, and conduct a Speed Racer tour of the facility. The largest one, in neighboring Nampa, has never rewarded my efforts, until today when I scored this 5X beaver Rodeo King, with a 4” bound brim, and a crown that’s 5.5” at the front crush, and 5.75” at the side, with a 1.5” ribbon. It’s in VERY clean condition, and I got it for what I consider a song.:D

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Rmccamey

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Those antique store finds are great! Last year I snagged a straw Open Road for a bargain price.

I don’t actually haunt the three antique stores closest to my home, but when chores or errands take me near any of them, I usually find nearby parking, dash in, and conduct a Speed Racer tour of the facility. The largest one, in neighboring Nampa, has never rewarded my efforts, until today when I scored this 5X beaver Rodeo King, with a 4” bound brim, and a crown that’s 5.5” at the front crush, and 5.75” at the side, with a 1.5” ribbon. It’s in VERY clean condition, and I got it for what I consider a song.:D

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I don’t actually haunt the three antique stores closest to my home, but when chores or errands take me near any of them, I usually find nearby parking, dash in, and conduct a Speed Racer tour of the facility. The largest one, in neighboring Nampa, has never rewarded my efforts, until today when I scored this 5X beaver Rodeo King, with a 4” bound brim, and a crown that’s 5.5” at the front crush, and 5.75” at the side, with a 1.5” ribbon. It’s in VERY clean condition, and I got it for what I consider a song.:D

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Looks great on you Mark.
 

Steve1857

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I don’t actually haunt the three antique stores closest to my home, but when chores or errands take me near any of them, I usually find nearby parking, dash in, and conduct a Speed Racer tour of the facility. The largest one, in neighboring Nampa, has never rewarded my efforts, until today when I scored this 5X beaver Rodeo King, with a 4” bound brim, and a crown that’s 5.5” at the front crush, and 5.75” at the side, with a 1.5” ribbon. It’s in VERY clean condition, and I got it for what I consider a song.:D

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That is a cool find, Mark. Congrats.

Can we see the inside.
 

VoodooSan

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Thanks, Steve! Unlike the exterior, the inside is a little rough, to say the least. o_O A significantly unstitched portion of the headband was expediently, if not pleasingly, remedied by someone in its past with what looks some kind of glue. Not EXACTLY how you like to see a hat treated, but it certainly seems to have been effective. For the price I paid, I can live with it.

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VoodooSan

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That generation of 5X (late 70’s - 80’s) was more like cardboard with some fur & lots of powder on it. In any kind of rain the colored powder will bleed, the hat will soak thru & basically fall apart. RK’s have the reputation for sweat stitches pulling through also, which your’s already has.
OK! Apparently I didn't get quite the bargain I thought I had. So, definitely NOT an inclement weather hat. Thank you, Jack, I will wear it appropriately.
 

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