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  1. #1
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    Default I need to restore a hunt derby

    Does anyone know of a company (preferably in the USA) who can restore my grandmother's old hunt derby? It needs a new ribbon around the brim, some minor reshaping and overall cleaning and dying.

    Any recommendations are appreciated!



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    Ooh. There IS someone back east but it's been years since I needed the info- don't know if I can find it!

    But- for the tasks you describe, if you have a custom (felt) hatmaker in the neighborhood, like a cowboy hat store, they can add ribbons and do reshaping and cleaning for you. I'm happy to have a good hatmaker in my neighborhood- though sadly the issue with 'my' derby is a bit of a cracked brim (branch in woods at full gallop, exacerbated by use/abuse at hound shows in the English ring!). But it isn't a fatal crack so no worries since I hardly wear the thing these days.

    As for touching up the dye- could be possible, though the 'coloring' is generally done during the feltmaking process so I'd be worried about how it could be done to prevent bleeding/ running- but again an expert would know!



  3. #3
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    Do you have contact info on the hatmaker in your area? I don't mind shipping the hat to someone, as long as they know what they are doing.



  4. #4
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    Sure, here's his web site which includes phone number:

    http://www.jwhats.com/

    I recommend calling and asking for J.W. himself (and be prepared to chat a while, he's a character!).



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  6. #6
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    Thumbs up how about a....

    Milliner!!! If they make 'em; they can fix 'em!!
    Most big cities have them!



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