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#1 habigman

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Posted 03 September 2010 - 03:24 PM

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Posted 03 September 2010 - 03:25 PM

Negretti Adonis Bowler (Melone). Probably early 1900s and from Brandenburg or Saxony. Measures around 59cm but looks like it was stretched. Turns out Negretti is a type of wool (see below). Very nice quality.

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Posted 01 October 2010 - 11:03 PM

This is a nice one, where did you find it and do you know a great source for vintage bowler hats other than ebay?

I saw this Bowler on ebay lately, what do you think of it?
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Posted 02 October 2010 - 02:52 PM

This is a nice one, where did you find it and do you know a great source for vintage bowler hats other than ebay?

I saw this Bowler on ebay lately, what do you think of it?


I got that one on Germany eBay. The seller was out of Saxony. My guess is the hat company is also from that general area. I have a source in Germany for vintage Bowlers. Are you interested in size 59cm? The linked Bowler is modern and doesn't have the brim curl and construction methods you see in vintage city Bowlers. The early 1960s is the cutoff point for Bowlers.

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Posted 02 October 2010 - 11:14 PM

Thanks for the quick answer Steve! I have to keep my eyes open then. A size 59 fits if it is a long oval. Otherwise I need a 59,5 or 60...
What is your source for bowlers?

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Posted 03 October 2010 - 08:36 PM

Thanks for the quick answer Steve! I have to keep my eyes open then. A size 59 fits if it is a long oval. Otherwise I need a 59,5 or 60...
What is your source for bowlers?

Thanks, le.gentleman


My contact is someone I bought from in the past. He specializes in Toppers and Bowlers. I will ask him if he has any in 60cm available. I would also look around at antique malls in your area. I found this really nice size 7 3/8 Stetson Bowler + original box at an antique mall 2 miles from my house!

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Posted 10 October 2011 - 09:28 PM

I found out that Negretti is a type of wool that can be used to make hats so not the name of the hat company.

History of German Merino strains

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The basis of the German Merino gene pool was founded by limited importation of Merino stock from Spain about 240 years ago to the central German provinces of Saxon and Brandenburg in a temperate climate, with moderate precipitation ranging from 400 to 800 mm/y. The importation to the Electorate of Saxony, as a royal present of best Merinos, represents the nucleus of so-called Electoral sheep (Fig. 1). The appearance of the animals was fairly uniform. The live weight of a sheep was from 25 to 30 kg.

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These sheep grew also a very fine wool but showed a low-set compact body. While great stress was laid on the quantity of greasy wool yield and dense wool growth, the tough skin finally developed heavy folds on the neck rump, haunches and tail. The fine wool produced was especially known for its high content of lower solving grease. At the beginning of the 19th century, breeding activities in the former Prussian provinces of Silesia and Brandenburg tended to overcome the disadvantage of overemphasized breeding developments of the Electorals and Negrettis. They tried to combine the adverse advantages of both breeds by combination. This resulted in a fine wool type called the "Eskurial" or "German Thoroughbred Sheep". In the middle of the last century, the production of superfine wool ceased, due to the requirement of longer, coarser and less crimped wool. Breeding of the former type of sheep became unprofitable through insufficient yield and falling prices for finest wool.

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