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A hat with a secret past...

Finished hat restoration.

Recently, I had the pleasure of working on this vintage cap that a customer had picked up at a flea market a while back. She had never really gotten much wear out of it, so decided to add a visor to up its wearability. Along with the addition of the visor I suggested the hat could do with a general service including: steaming, cleaning and reconditioning.

At first glance I thought that this hat must have been part of the 'Red Cross' nursing uniform. However after a little digging using the brand name found in the hat lining, I found to my surprise that it was in fact a Knights Templar hat. The hat was made by The Henderson-Ames Company of Kalamazoo, Michigan, which was one of the country’s leading producers of uniforms and regalia serving lodges, secret societies, and other social organizations for forty years.

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