The Serratelli Hat Company is 100% committed to producing a line of beaver fur felt hats that provides our customers with the highest quality and best value in headwear available. They are hand-finished from the finest furs available. These cowboy or western hats are made in the USA by a family owned and operated hat maker with over 100 years of experience! Extreme care is taken by each Serratelli craftsperson to assure that each cowboy hat has consistent color, shape, texture, and size. Each hat is individually inspected at the factory. These are truly the "ultimate" hats. We are not selling anything but the highest quality.
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"What do the "Xs" mean in a hat name?" I'm glad you asked. The number of Xs describe the "fineness" of the finished hat. The more Xs, the finer the feel or "hand" of the hat. This feel can only be attained by rigorous inspection and sorting of the raw materials. The finest hats are made from the carefully selected, smoothest hair of the fur from pelts. The 1,000X Entre III is the smoothest, finest, most durable hat made in the world. As you can see from the description of the process, the more Xs, the more a hat naturally costs.
SERATELLI HISTORY - The Serratelli company was formed in 1878 by the present owners, Dean and Peter Serratelli's, great grandfather, Pio Serratelli. The process of making a cowboy hat is really a combination of several different processes. The raw material (fur, wool, or a combination of the two) is collected, sorted, and graded as to color and texture. This material is then mixed together with binders and pressed flat, and trimmed to make a "hat rounding". Another rounding is then formed over a mandrel and assembled, (stitched to the brim) resulting in a flat brimed, "open crown" hat. Serratelli started their business selling these "blown roundings" to the "famous" hat makers who then finished them off and added their own name to them.
At this stage, it resembles the cowboy hat "Hoss" Cartwright on Bonanza wore, the classic "ten gallon" hat. But the hat is not finished. Although some hats are left open crown, most hats are creased in several popular styles, as we'll see later. Hats are then dyed to achieve the desired color. Remember that the raw materials may not be of completely uniform color, so here we see the difference in price between light colored and darker hats. Only certain hat bodies can be light colored, depending on the color of the materials. Bodies with too much variation in color will be dyed the darker colors for uniformity. Note that there is no difference in quality, just color. The additional amount of work and inspection needed for the lighter hats usually accounts for higher costs.
The hat is then ready for finishing. The crown is creased, often by hand, the hat is steamed and cooled which allows it to keep its crown and brim shape. The lining, sweatband, and trim are added and construction is finished.
Color: Black - Long Oval
Size: 7 1/4