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The FIVE POINTS Horsehide - Reproduction 1910s 2-Piece Crown Flat Cap in Rare 1920s/30s French Salt & Pepper Stripe Cloth - Made to Order

The FIVE POINTS Horsehide - Reproduction 1910s 2-Piece Crown Flat Cap in Rare 1920s/30s French Salt & Pepper Stripe Cloth - Made to Order

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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: Vintage United Carr Snap, Australian Leather Sweatband, 1920s French Workwear Salt and Pepper Cotton, 1900s Italian Shirting Cotton Liner, 1930s Original Buckle, 1930s French Blued Steel Buttons, Burgundy Handmade Horsehide Visor
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The FIVE POINTS Horsehide - Reproduction 1910s 2-Piece Crown Flat Cap in Rare 1920s/30s French Salt & Pepper Stripe Cloth

Part of a precious trove of rare fabric dug up at the Paris flea markets last month, here is the fabulous Five Points model flat cap, in a robust and handsome French workwear cotton from the 1920s/30s!

The burgundy 4mm thick peak is hand-cut, dyed, carved and burnished to a soft gleam that will only get finer as it wears, like the best leather jackets.

Spanning the crown front is a decorative strap with an original 1930s plated buckle. At the temples are 1930s-era French Parisian blued-steel buttons.

This cap is my popular Five Points Cap pattern, replicated exactly from a late 1910s cap in my collection.

The liner is as special as the shell: An Italian ink-black cotton shirting from c.1900s with cobalt blue woven stripe. Handwashed to a soft drape, it is the perfect accompaniment to the salt and pepper cloth. Even the ribbon is a French antique, from the 1920s.

The sweatband is fashioned of Australian leather. The crown features a NOS (new old stock) vintage 1940s United Carr snap in a charcoal steel grey.

Each handmade cap you buy comes complete with its own unique "Cap Keeper", a custom shaped pillow that can live inside your cap when not being worn so it will stay in perfect form - even when stacked up with other caps or clothing! I use my Cap Keepers when I travel, so every cap I bring in my luggage will stay fresh and ready to wear.

(Additional Cap Keepers can soon be purchased elsewhere in my store so that your entire collection of precious caps will keep their fine form.)

For information on measuring your head, please visit this chart:
http://www.lobue-art.com/headsize.html

Cap dimensions: 10 1/2" diameter lying flat / Brim length at center: 3"

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Please contact me before ordering so I can let you know the turnaround time, which can be several weeks, depending on my workload.

I've assembled a large photo folder of stunning and rare vintage fabrics to choose from. Please browse here and you can customize your own cap (just copy and paste this URL into your browser address bar):

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.308894812635770.1073741834.180297462162173&type=3



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A few words about what I make and my philosophy here at The Well-Dressed Head:

For several years now I have been an enthusiast and collector of early men's newsboy, cabbie and golf/sporting caps from the 1910s through the 1930s. It always surprised me that for a fashion item that was SO ubiquitous in its time, so little knowledge of the caps has survived. Heck, so few of the caps themselves have survived!

Their big brothers, fedoras and other forms of felt and straw hat, are much easier to follow across the historical timeline. And though I do love those lids, I'm a guy who tends to go for the underdog. So many caps didn't survive the ravages of moths, hard labor or simply the passage of time. It seems beyond my understanding that headwear so beautiful in design, so flattering to a man's look, would fade into obscurity in favor of the baseball cap.

It was indeed the baseball cap that gradually over took these magnificent designs and became the cloth cap of choice for a majority of men. Even the recent reappearance of flat caps with the hipster crowd have very little to do with their forebears, and at best are mediocre designs aesthetically.

It is therefore my humble mission (along with a small handful of other talented bespoke makers) to reeducate the public about these elegant yet practical pieces of clothing that can complement the vintage or even the most contemporary wardrobe.

The Well Dressed Head will keep a selection of true vintage caps for sale dating from the late 1910's through the 1930's, with occasional later examples when appropriate.

Now, about the caps I build.

There are several elements for me to consider when pricing these caps. I can hardly factor in the time spent in fabrication - some of these caps can take three days to create - so other considerations are important.

I spend a lot of time and money collecting extraordinary fabrics from around the world that have a quality I feel are outstanding and unique, while paying homage to the historical examples in photographs and collections. Many of these antique cloths are in small pieces that may yield only one or two caps, ensuring the product is as unique and bespoke as possible.

Those caps that have leather sweatbands feature only top-quality Australian leathers, and under the 'hood' of the fabric, each visor is hand-cut from Australian leather, with a special compressed stiffening material to give it the ability to bend, yet hold its shape. No plastics are used in my visors.

Certain styles are made with grosgrain ribbon sweatbands, and for these I use NOS (new old stock) ribbon from France dating from the 1910s to the '20s.


Finally, a word about imperfection.

This is a handmade object, lovingly built with special and sometimes rare and delicate materials. There will be slight inconsistencies in the materials, weaves and stitching. These are considered the mark of the hand and intrinsic to the design. I'll leave you with a favorite quote by Charles Eames:

"You wouldn’t say an axe handle has style to it. It has beauty, and an appropriateness of form, and a “this-is-how-it-should-be-ness.” But it has no style because it has no mistakes. Style reflects one’s idiosyncracies."
The FIVE POINTS Horsehide - Reproduction 1910s 2-Piece Crown Flat Cap in Rare 1920s/30s French Salt & Pepper Stripe Cloth

Part of a precious trove of rare fabric dug up at the Paris flea markets last month, here is the fabulous Five Points model flat cap, in a robust and handsome French workwear cotton from the 1920s/30s!

The burgundy 4mm thick peak is hand-cut, dyed, carved and burnished to a soft gleam that will only get finer as it wears, like the best leather jackets.

Spanning the crown front is a decorative strap with an original 1930s plated buckle. At the temples are 1930s-era French Parisian blued-steel buttons.

This cap is my popular Five Points Cap pattern, replicated exactly from a late 1910s cap in my collection.

The liner is as special as the shell: An Italian ink-black cotton shirting from c.1900s with cobalt blue woven stripe. Handwashed to a soft drape, it is the perfect accompaniment to the salt and pepper cloth. Even the ribbon is a French antique, from the 1920s.

The sweatband is fashioned of Australian leather. The crown features a NOS (new old stock) vintage 1940s United Carr snap in a charcoal steel grey.

Each handmade cap you buy comes complete with its own unique "Cap Keeper", a custom shaped pillow that can live inside your cap when not being worn so it will stay in perfect form - even when stacked up with other caps or clothing! I use my Cap Keepers when I travel, so every cap I bring in my luggage will stay fresh and ready to wear.

(Additional Cap Keepers can soon be purchased elsewhere in my store so that your entire collection of precious caps will keep their fine form.)

For information on measuring your head, please visit this chart:
http://www.lobue-art.com/headsize.html

Cap dimensions: 10 1/2" diameter lying flat / Brim length at center: 3"

**************** NOTE *****************

Please contact me before ordering so I can let you know the turnaround time, which can be several weeks, depending on my workload.

I've assembled a large photo folder of stunning and rare vintage fabrics to choose from. Please browse here and you can customize your own cap (just copy and paste this URL into your browser address bar):

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.308894812635770.1073741834.180297462162173&type=3



*****************************************


**************************

A few words about what I make and my philosophy here at The Well-Dressed Head:

For several years now I have been an enthusiast and collector of early men's newsboy, cabbie and golf/sporting caps from the 1910s through the 1930s. It always surprised me that for a fashion item that was SO ubiquitous in its time, so little knowledge of the caps has survived. Heck, so few of the caps themselves have survived!

Their big brothers, fedoras and other forms of felt and straw hat, are much easier to follow across the historical timeline. And though I do love those lids, I'm a guy who tends to go for the underdog. So many caps didn't survive the ravages of moths, hard labor or simply the passage of time. It seems beyond my understanding that headwear so beautiful in design, so flattering to a man's look, would fade into obscurity in favor of the baseball cap.

It was indeed the baseball cap that gradually over took these magnificent designs and became the cloth cap of choice for a majority of men. Even the recent reappearance of flat caps with the hipster crowd have very little to do with their forebears, and at best are mediocre designs aesthetically.

It is therefore my humble mission (along with a small handful of other talented bespoke makers) to reeducate the public about these elegant yet practical pieces of clothing that can complement the vintage or even the most contemporary wardrobe.

The Well Dressed Head will keep a selection of true vintage caps for sale dating from the late 1910's through the 1930's, with occasional later examples when appropriate.

Now, about the caps I build.

There are several elements for me to consider when pricing these caps. I can hardly factor in the time spent in fabrication - some of these caps can take three days to create - so other considerations are important.

I spend a lot of time and money collecting extraordinary fabrics from around the world that have a quality I feel are outstanding and unique, while paying homage to the historical examples in photographs and collections. Many of these antique cloths are in small pieces that may yield only one or two caps, ensuring the product is as unique and bespoke as possible.

Those caps that have leather sweatbands feature only top-quality Australian leathers, and under the 'hood' of the fabric, each visor is hand-cut from Australian leather, with a special compressed stiffening material to give it the ability to bend, yet hold its shape. No plastics are used in my visors.

Certain styles are made with grosgrain ribbon sweatbands, and for these I use NOS (new old stock) ribbon from France dating from the 1910s to the '20s.


Finally, a word about imperfection.

This is a handmade object, lovingly built with special and sometimes rare and delicate materials. There will be slight inconsistencies in the materials, weaves and stitching. These are considered the mark of the hand and intrinsic to the design. I'll leave you with a favorite quote by Charles Eames:

"You wouldn’t say an axe handle has style to it. It has beauty, and an appropriateness of form, and a “this-is-how-it-should-be-ness.” But it has no style because it has no mistakes. Style reflects one’s idiosyncracies."

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I will take a cap back and issue a refund if notified within three days of receiving the cap and the cap is returned in the condition in which it left me. Buyer will ship the cap back to me at his or her expense.

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Items are shipped via Australia Post. Orders outside Australia are shipped airmail, however insurance will be extra and is up to the buyer to request from me. Combined shipping is offered for all multiple sales.

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I want, first and foremost, for you to be delighted with your cap. I'm a good fella, and will bend over backwards to get it right if something goes awry. So just communicate your needs and I'm on it.

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