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Steampunk Stetson - Napoleonic War Medal Hatband by Windthin Steampunk Stetson - Napoleonic War Medal Hatband by Windthin
I've been re-designing a lot of my hates of late, removing old bands and decorations and/or adding new ones. This Mexican-made second-hand Stetson features a gray felt band hand-sewn with silver thread, silver brads and chain, a silver buckle on one side and a ribbon fold on the other, and a crest made using a piece of leftover leather and a costume piece Napoleonic War Medal. I determined from the images on the other side (unseen here) that this piece is based on the medal commemorating the surrender of Ulm and Memmingen in 1805, one of the decisive turning-point victories for Napoleon. You can see one of the original bronze medals here: [link]

The way I figure it, the hat comes with a story. The current owner is passing it on to his son and tells how his great grandfather was a cavalry officer under Napoleon. His own father had worn it during Napoleon III's attempt to establish an empire in Mexico, and the medal was damaged (note the crack at the top) saving his life from a stray bullet, so his father had it silver-plated and passed it down to him.

The hat has been treated with felt and suede protector to repel rain.

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