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mushka

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I've no experience with the old time rendezvous type hats but I have experience with the western styles. I bought a 5x beaver stetson while living in Md. and it did well. When I moved to Az. I found that it was just too hot to wear here in the hot times. Be somewhat guided by the climate where you will be wearing the hat.
 

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If you are interested i9n the mountain man era, most of the trade goods lists have wool hats, pc. The beaver was sold. (Felt)
 

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Can you please share who made your hat??. I am looking for a period correct round Rifleman's hat in 100% Beaver Felt and am having quite a time tracking one down.
H&H Hats, Darby, Montana. Jimmy and Rich are the builders. Rich is Bill Sublette's great great (great great?) grandson.

The reason a 100% beaver felt hat is so expensive, I was surprised to find out, it takes 34 beaver bellies to make one! It's not hard to find custom hats that go for $2500+.
 
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I have one of Matthew’s round hats. It is a great hat!

On the right. Enjoying some music in the tavern tent.
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I only see fur felt which usually means rabbit
Correct. There are only around 50 true custom hat makers left in North America, and are the only ones you will get a beaver felt hat from. The commercial dealers only carry wool felt.
Even if you get a blend of 50/50 beaver/rabbit, you can expect to pay at least $600.
 

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