Re: Indiana Jones hat

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Posted by Dan Borton on December 02, 1997 at 13:28:45:

In Reply to: Re: Indiana Jones hat posted by Michaelson on December 02, 1997 at 10:21:42:

:: Dan, the Ark offered by US Cavalry was NOT made by Stetson. One of mine is sitting in front of me as I write this, and I wear it daily. I have never seen one of the 1989 issued hats as you describe. Both of my T of D fedora's were front to back bash, not teardrop shaped, as you describe. I have been reading the complaints in the forum regarding this shape, as it is not the actual shape of the actual IJ fedora. The sweat band in the fur felt fedora's are not made of leather, but are cloth, and came with the hat pin as you described.The Broner "Ark", from USC, is made of fur felt, and comes with a leather sweat band. I believe you have the wool felt Stetson fedora instead than the fur felt. The wool felt fedora is exactly as you describe. We are talking around $100 difference here. The Austrian issue of 1984 ran at around $99.00 at that time, with the American issue at $79. Sounds like the description of the current "Temple" Stetson is the same American issue at the current price of around $89 or so. Hopes this helps clear some of the confusion, and not just add more. Regards::

Thanks. So the US Cavalry Ark hat is not made by Stetson, Its made by Broner. Yet their 1993 catalog claims that is a Stetson. Go Figure.

The Indy hat that I have is made from Beaver fur felt not wool. I was mistaken when I said it had a leather sweat band. I do not wear it very often, and it is still in the original box. I rechecked it, and the sweat band is actually imitation leather. Back in 1989 I paid around $70 dollars for it. I acquired it form a company called The Sportsmanís Guide. One of their later catalogs offered the Wool Stetson Indy for $30 dollars. I kept the old catalogs that had anything Indy related in them.

Please don't think I am trying to drag out this topic. I have one of the cheeper wool felt hats as well and to be honest, its seen better days. I am considering getting a new hat, and I want to try getting the most accurate version that I can find. I am just trying to figure out what the deal is with all these different versions of the hat.


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