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Edward

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Hilditch and Key were selling online their remaining Summer stock of Bates' 'Cotton Travel Trilby', so I ordered these two at a crazy discount:

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Should arrive next week, with still a good couple of months' suitable weather for them. I do love to have a variety of Summer appropriate substitutes for furfelt while this hellweather makes the latter impossible...
 

Blare

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nvilletele

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I just picked up some hats on fleabay. Yes, all are Biltmore hats.

This first one is made in Canada, so an older one. It's to be here in a few days or so.

The seller called it the Orleans model, which is very similar, but I think the Orleans (by that name) was not first made until after the move to the US. I really like the Biltmore "Royal" finish, even though it was not their most pricey.
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nvilletele

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This is the third fleabay hat I bought in the past 2 days, It is one of the higher level straw hats they made for the Kentucky Derby in 2017. I am not certain of the straw, but I suspect it may be shantung. I am not usually a fan of shantung, but I have some nice Biltmore shantung from their 2017 anniversary line. They, like this one, have vents.

I suppose it could be a toquilla Panama, but not thinking it likely.

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nvilletele

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I have figured out that the straw hat I just bought and posted above,, from the 2017 Kentucky Derby series, is based on, if not exactly, the "Guelph" model from the Biltmore "Founder's Collection" put out for their 100 year anniversary in 2017. They are described as "Premium Hand Woven Shantung."

I already have 2 hats from this series, the Ramsay C-crown and the MacMillan porkpie. These are really nice hats, very well made. With this new one, I will essentially have three hats from this series, which is fine by me as I don't so much care for the remaining one.

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This is the third fleabay hat I bought in the past 2 days, It is one of the higher level straw hats they made for the Kentucky Derby in 2017. I am not certain of the straw, but I suspect it may be shantung. I am not usually a fan of shantung, but I have some nice Biltmore shantung from their 2017 anniversary line. They, like this one, have vents.

I suppose it could be a toquilla Panama, but not thinking it likely.

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nvilletele

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Ok, this is the last one. (No, really, it is.) Four new hats should keep me for a while. No wait, make that 5 new hats (forgot the one that came already).

Yes, this is another Biltmore, from their 1917 anniversary line. This is a genuine Panama, but finished in the US of course.

Biltmore Cordova 1917 Bleached Natural Men's Fedora panama hat round brim 2-1/4.
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belfastboy

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Not a great hat, but for $12…. :)

It was listed as a “Men's hat Felt hat Warmhat.”
I have come across custom hat makers that specialize in selling customs made from vintage (old) felts. If you can pick up a decent felt for under $50 and repurpose it....it is a good business plan. Especially if the world's supply of felts continues to tighten.
 
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