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« Reply #25 on: December 29, 2015, 07:34:47 pm »

Clnco Peso asked a legitimate question.  People antique holsters, belts, knife sheaths, etc, etc, all the time. WHY are a few elitists slamming this guy? Is this the cowboy way? Attention Chuck Burrows, help this guy out!

Never noticed anyone slamming him, he asked a question and we gave him our honest answers.  Now you calling us who give honest answers "elitist" now that could be considered slamming.   

Have you ever seen a hat that was artificially aged that didn't look fake, and please tell us how it was done?    I've worked on more hats than most people will ever see and I don't know how to do it with out it just looking tacky, are you just another one who does not like an honest answer?   Besides, what is wrong with just wearing it, seems like people don't want to but they won't tell me why.   
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« Reply #26 on: December 29, 2015, 09:35:02 pm »

While the question is legitimate, the best way to age it is just use it.  While you can fake wear, it usually looks.........well, you know.......fake.  There are a few people who can artificially age something so it looks authentic, but they are usually doing it to deceive someone into paying more for something that's not original.  Wearing it to mow the lawn over the summer can be a good start.  Your neighbors might think you're a bit weird, but then again, mine probably do anyway...............
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« Reply #27 on: December 29, 2015, 11:45:32 pm »

While the question is legitimate, the best way to age it is just use it.  While you can fake wear, it usually looks.........well, you know.......fake.  There are a few people who can artificially age something so it looks authentic, but they are usually doing it to deceive someone into paying more for something that's not original.  Wearing it to mow the lawn over the summer can be a good start.  Your neighbors might think you're a bit weird, but then again, mine probably do anyway...............

Most people worry about it more than the neighbors do anyway, perhaps the best thing for many to do is if you want to look right, don't be afraid to wear the clothes, see see way to many that act like they are uncomfortable and afraid someone is going to say something. 
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« Reply #28 on: December 30, 2015, 08:32:29 pm »

As Niederlander said, if you're not usually a hat wearing person, just try wearing it doing yard work or other outdoor work. Outside of CAS or other shooting events, that's about the only time I wear one. A summer of mowing grass wearing it should do the trick. I also wear mine while doing farm work sometimes, one windy day it blew off and into the hay rake. It survived just fine, glad it wasn't the hay mower though.
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« Reply #29 on: December 30, 2015, 11:14:35 pm »

As Niederlander said, if you're not usually a hat wearing person, just try wearing it doing yard work or other outdoor work. Outside of CAS or other shooting events, that's about the only time I wear one. A summer of mowing grass wearing it should do the trick. I also wear mine while doing farm work sometimes, one windy day it blew off and into the hay rake. It survived just fine, glad it wasn't the hay mower though.

And you don't have to cover you face with that nasty oily sun screen stuff.   They protect you from the sun rays and your head is also cooler, I was taught to always wear a hat out in the sun from when I was a little kid.

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« Reply #30 on: December 31, 2015, 12:50:41 pm »

I just did a head count - I own ELEVEN period "Cowboy hats". OK- a couple of them are 'Sunday-go-to-Meeting' town hats for when I dress to suit my wife's costuming, at her insistence. Thirteen, If I count my period military forage cap and beaver fur wedge cap.

All are quality hats I paid a good price for and I'm embarrassed to say I don't wear any of them enough for wear to show. Latest one is a light brown "Montana Peak" that's as stiff as a board and is the least comfortable of all. I bought it as I didn't yet own one and it has a little extra charm.

It was sitting in the sun of the shop window with a price tag tucked dead centre into the ribbon hat band. Removing the tag showed a darker shade than the rest of the hat. Got 10% off for that. I've tried lightening it to no avail. But - I was advised to let it be as it has that 'store bought' cachet that sounds historically plausible.

Most of my neighbours (real ranchers, farmers, etc.) wear Cowboy hats as part of their daily dress., but do wear their best hats when going to town.

Once read that you can 'age' a new hat with WD-40 around the head band. Looks like sweat stains. Haven't tried it myself.
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« Reply #31 on: December 31, 2015, 03:55:15 pm »

Good way to destroy the sweat band with the petroleum products in it.

Myself I use a tinny bit of Obenhauf's LP leather dressing on my sweat bands.
 
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« Reply #32 on: December 31, 2015, 04:29:19 pm »

My Grandfather wore two hats (that I know of).
Both were the same style Stetsons. Silver belly, narrow brim with the cattleman crease.
The one he wore everyday would be taken in and cleaned an blocked on a rather regular basis. He didn't like looking like a Farmer/Rancher when he went into town. That is what the newer of the two hats was for.

While he was a working cow hand at the turn of the Century, I doubt he carried two hats with him. But, you don't go to town looking dirty.
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« Reply #33 on: December 31, 2015, 08:16:09 pm »

I myself have been haunting the local thrift stores, Goodwill, and junk "antique malls" for years keeping an eye out for worn but quality hats. They come up upon occasion for 10-20 bucks, and are worth getting to work on. If one desires to leave them dirty and "trail worn" - well,  just size to fit and put in a new sweatband and Bob's Yer Uncle - real wear, real sweat, and real dirt on a real hat.

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« Reply #34 on: January 01, 2016, 09:06:50 am »

Where can I send a hat to have a new leather sweatband put in it? One of my old ones is all cracked and worn.
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« Reply #35 on: January 01, 2016, 12:21:34 pm »

Professor - that's "junque" shop in the vernacular. So much more eloquent. Prices tend to somewhat higher than "junk" shop.

I myself have been haunting the local thrift stores, Goodwill, and junk "antique malls" for years
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« Reply #36 on: January 02, 2016, 03:16:35 am »

Cliff- you might ask Delmonico, I am not sure if he is still working on hats

PJ - Danke Schoen Mein Herr, your correctification is appreciated, as my little grey cells are a tad under the weather ....

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« Reply #37 on: January 02, 2016, 11:03:24 am »

No I'm not at this time, may get set up on my own this summer, not sure.   

Any custom hatter can do it but normal costs are $50-$100.
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« Reply #38 on: March 03, 2017, 10:10:14 am »

I know this topic is old, but I'm sure people still reference it on occasion.

The folks in Hollywood use Fuller's Earth, which you can purchase on Amazon. You can get is a little dusty without getting it truly dirty and stained.
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