Check out my new hat made by Mike at Buckarroo Hatters
I have tried many hat makers (too many) to get this hat copied and Mike is the only one to do it right.
It is a copy of the hat carried by Texas Ranger Captain John Salmon “RIP” Ford as seen in this 1854 photo. Old Rip is my personal hero. He is a great man that all western history buffs should know well. There are several great books about him and even his own memoir's. Enjoyable learning
see photo attached
I noticed that your reproduction has a telescoped style crown and the photo of Ford's hat seems to depict a square crown wide brimmed felt stovepipe where the crown has naturally indented with exposure to the elements over time.All square crown hats tend to go concave in the middle after a year or two of regular wear.That is another of the reasons why top hats,beginning in the late 1830's ans 40's made the switch from fur felt to silk shag over a stiffened glued or varnished hat body-they stayed flat on top.The telescope crown was a response to flat top hats tending to do this and became a style in its own right.Still,you've got yourself a very fine looking hat!
Yea what Anthony said, nice hat!! ;-)