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The Cowboy Hat Book Paperback – 29 Aug 2003

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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs M. Smith Inc; Revised edition edition (29 Aug 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586852582
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586852580
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.8 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 878,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Revised to include presidential hats, new celebrity hats, and a fully updated resource listing of custom hatters. The Cowboy Hat Book features an impressive array of cowboy hats, showcasing the wide variety of styles, colors, and fabrics used to create the cowboy hat, now a symbol of America and western culture that is recognized all over the world. Beginning with a brief history of the cowboy hat, the authors go on to explain the building of the perfect hat, its care and feeding, hat etiquette, hat hair, and more. Beautiful photos of real cowboys and movie cowboys sporting their trademark hats illustrate how creases, brims, shapes, and trims are unique to the individual who wears each hat. The Cowboy Hat Book celebrates the history and importance of this unique piece of clothing that hasn't fundamentally changed in more than 100 years.

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A good concise guide to anyone interested in the history of the most iconic of all cowboy images (followed of course by the holstered revolver). Also gives info for where to buy your hat should you want a good authentic symbol of the Old West to put on your head.
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The care and feeding of the cowboy hat. 20 Nov 1996
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This coffee-table type book contains a detailed history of
the cowboy hat, specific information about how to choose a
hat, measure properly for fit, clean it, store it, travel
with it, and much more. Even discusses "hat hair!" Numerous
historical photos show the development of the cowboy hat
across the west and around the world. Exceptional photos of
famous hats (who doesn't recognize Festus' Gunsmoke hat or
Hoss Cartwright's 10-gallon monster on sight?) and great
hat-wearers such as James Garner, the Duke, Henry Fonda and
Clint Eastwood. A must for Western lovers, cowboy buffs,
and everyday folks who own their own Stetson and want to
know how to keep it nice!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Book as good as his hats 30 Mar 2008
By Brian C. House - Published on
Format: Paperback
Ritch Rand made a hat for me in 1994 and I'm still wearing it today. His book is like his hats- authentic, of the excellent quality and dedicated to the history of the Old West. If you believe that a hat says something about the person who wears it, if you are of the opinion that a hat is more friend and traveling companion than garment, then this book is for you. Read the book then get yourself a hat!!
The Cowboy Hat Book by William Reynolds 27 Jun 2010
By Smiley - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
A very good book! This book contains a lot of very useful and interesting information on Cowboy hats! It involves cowboy hats past and present. The table of contents: Building the perfect hat; Taking care of a cowboy hat; Contemporary hatmakers; Great hats-great hat people; Brims and crowns; Hat etiquette; Hat fanning; Hat cases and boxes. A lot of great photos along with interesting and amusing information!
The journey of the cowboy hat. This book takes you there. 17 May 2014
By Jasper - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The Cowboy Hat Book takes you from fur beginnings to the finished symbol of the American West. This book also includes information on how to properly care for your favorite cowboy hat. You'll read this more than once if you love cowboy hats. Fun read.
Amazing book 7 Feb 2014
By ArthurL - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
If you are into authentic hand made western hats then you will surely enjoy this book written by an experienced hatter and authority on the subject
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