What Cap Are You Wearing Today?

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  1. Short Balding Guy

    Short Balding Guy I'll Lock Up

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    Thursday I wore a Donegeal wool cap from Shandon.

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    Yesterday evening adventures in a Monsavais cap.

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    This morning I caped my head in a cap made from green wool.

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    Cheers to all cap folks, Eric -
     
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  2. Short Balding Guy

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    Cap chores included auto wash, grocery store, butcher shop, cheese monger, bakery and yard stuff (including leaf re-location). An excellent wool Simmonds Cap was my choice. I have taken a break and am sipping a pilsner beer reviewing the other yard chores left to complete.


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  3. Rectified.

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    Village Hat Shop purchase, Baskerville Hat Co. Ivy cap made from Korean wool with a Houndstooth pattern. Snap brim, satin lining and, unfortunately, generic sizing so it fits a little loose. But it's comfortable and I like the look, so I'm happy.
     
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  4. Short Balding Guy

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    Congrats on the new cap. I like the gun check patterned wool.

    This morning I typed "gun check" wool and realized that I was not positive what "gun check " wool pattern was. I googled up this definition: "The pattern was originally known as "The Coigach" and developed in the Ullapool area in west Scotland as a "district check." District checks were used as a uniform of sorts for Scottish estates to show off your respective heritage, similar to the tartan patterns used to differentiate between clans." It took a bit more searching for me to discover the following from Fox Brothers wool website: "One of several variations on plaid, gun club check is a fabric pattern of crisscrossed checks, traditionally in four colors: black, red-brown, light gold, and pine green. Alternating colors of twilled bands run in one direction, while intersecting with either a duplicate pattern of intersecting bands, or a single-color twilled band repeated in a single direction. The checks are typically even and thick, making the diagonal twill pattern visible. Originating in western Scotland, where it was known as a district check, the motif was ultimately embraced by the American Gun Club in 1874, hence the name. It is now common to find gun club check in just two colors, such as brown and blue."

    Apologies for all that know the definition above or do not care. It is early morning intrigue for me.

    Yesterday yard chores in a Donegal wool cap that has seen many wears this Fall.

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    I have worn off the Monsavais label from the caps liner tip. Outstanding cap for my hard outside efforts.

    I donned a eight paneled Cordova cap in a weave pattern for some birdfeeder efforts.

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    Cheers, Eric -
     
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  5. I had never even heard of "gun check" wool before reading your post, so I Googled it and landed on the same page you quoted. Now I'm not sure which pattern they used for the cap I bought. On my cap every eighth line (in one direction) is a light blue which doesn't match the "traditional" description as stated so I don't know if that disqualifies it as "gun check". Village Hat Shop's page said "Houndstooth" so until something comes along to directly contradict that I suppose I'll just go with it. :confused: And thank you for the enlightenment! Just one of many reasons I enjoy The Lounge so much.
     
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  6. Short Balding Guy

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    I asked Johnathan Cordova if he could point me to any resources for better explanation. Here are two of his resources:

    (1) Gentlemans gazette - While I found some of their vids corny or over the top this one has good root info.
    https://www.gentlemansgazette.com/g...gp1kJY4-RoKUY8AfLfYIAzuvPYD6RfnudQB4LcLunKdIM

    (2) Our Every Day Life - Good article(s). While reading I have made to mute the silly song that keeps on playing. I will have to double check the facts, but I am getting a better idea of the fabrics.
    https://oureverydaylife.com/the-history-of-houndstooth-12214429.html

    Cheers, Eric -
     
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  7. Mm25

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    Stetson cap
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  8. For me, these (and other) websites only maintained the muddiness of the waters and proved that "houndstooth" and "gun check" are in the eye of the beholder because most of the websites I read contradicted each other as far as defining and/or explaining a clear-cut difference between the two patterns (if there is one). Most websites seem to suggest it's "houndstooth" if it's in two colors like a checkerboard, but "gun check" if it's four colors. And here is one websites visual example of the differences between the two:

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    Clears things right up, don't it? :p Actually, seeing this I'm pretty sure my new cap is actually "gun/Sheperd's check" not "Houndstooth", but I'm fine with that. :D
     
  9. Short Balding Guy

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    Clear as mud. For my money you have defined the fabric in your cap same as I would. Therefore - you are correct sir. ;) On a serious note, I learned a bunch about the wool weave patterns yesterday.

    This morning I filled the bird feeders and bird bath in an "un-named" wool patterned cap.

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  10. Mm25

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    Houndstooth seems very evident to me vs checks, which are square. They have a definite “tooth” in the pattern. Like in this close up of a jacket i have. I think it’s a wonderful pattern and looks great on a hat.
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  11. See, now, I would agree that is Houndstooth, and I've now reverted to thinking the pattern on my new cap is as well. But then, I only learned of "Gun Check" yesterday, so what do I know? :p
     
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  12. Mm25

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    Another houndstooth, this time an old Irish tweed fore-and-aft by Jonathan Richard. 97F8BC01-8FE8-44BE-AB9A-45222AECC7DA.jpeg C6A430DF-E8BE-4001-AE94-1DB17ADBB1AC.jpeg
     
  13. Mm25

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    I say it’s houndstooth as well. Either way, I like it.
     
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  14. Well, thank you Sir! You clearly have good taste. :D

    Wonderful pattern on that fore-and-aft cap! Strangely, my mind chooses to focus on the "negative space" (i.e., the lighter background color that contrasts the pattern) and it looks like rows of stars.
     
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  15. Short Balding Guy

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    Yesterday escapades in a green Prince of Wales patterned cap.

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    Cheers, Eric -
     
  16. Short Balding Guy

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    Tis the time of year when picking up and moving leaves is nearly everyday. Cap chores today found be wearing a French belt backed cap.

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    Work and finally home in a Dashing Tweed wool cap.

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    Cheers, Eric -
     
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  17. B! Wear Cap Co.

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    I saw Brett Stiles yesterday and he looked to be in rude health.
     
  18. Mm25

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    Mixing Pendleton stripes and Stetson plaid today. AFBBCE5D-0A65-47F8-B023-89C78BFDDAA3.jpeg
     
  19. Short Balding Guy

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    Brent you wear the "fuller" draped cap well. Sharp. Terrible to hear about Brett Stiles health. Good health wishes to him.

    All looking good to me! Really like the vest.

    I had morning coffee in a silk and wool cap. Great cap that was comfy so I wore it to work and finally brought it home on my head.

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    Cheers, Eric -
     
  20. Thanks, Eric. I’m not all that much of a cap guy, but I do like the full cut.

    Sorry if my archaic language didn’t convey my meaning. Brett Stiles is in good health and is staying active. He’s quite the character and an hour conversation with him is time well wasted.
     

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