With a cocked hat, the more
mashed-up and worn the hat becomes the better it looks (within reason).
This is NOT the case with the hat cap. Similar
to wearing the hat, the care of the hat cap is equally unforgiving.
These hats cannot simply be thrown in the back
of the car with stuff piled over them. They should always be stored
at on top with nothing putting pressure on them.
In addition, shields should be trained to tilt
forward, hair plumes regularly brushed and conditioned.
The good news is no matter how chewed-up your
hat becomes, refurbishing it is possible and easy.
With any hat, the felt often becomes flimsy.
On a hat cap if the shield becomes flimsy over time it's going to
To stiffen your felt, simply mix 3 parts Methel
Hydrate Alcohol and 1 part Orange Shellac, available at any decent
Paint the mixture gently over any weakened felt
areas. The more layers the stiffer the felt becomes.
Sometimes a hat may need total disassembly,
washing, dyeing and re-blocking.
No matter how much of a moth eaten, worm ridden,
sun bleached disaster your hat becomes. Don't worry, it can be fixed.
Never throw out a hat that appears un savable