Natural Wool Felt
This is natural stiffened wool felt, with no other treatment. It offers minimal weather resistance and is not recommended for wearing repeatedly in ocean squalls. Stiff and will soften with wear. Economy price range
A Captain Jack's Exclusive Treatment, This offers moderate weatherproofing and gives the hat a dull matte finish, great for a weathered look. Rigid and a scarf or bandana should be worn for comfort. Middle price range.
A Captain Jack's Exclusive Treatment, This offers maximum weatherproofing and most closely replicates the practice of “Tarring” or “Glazing” seafaring hats during the Golden Age of Piracy. We use a proprietary modern Oil/wax hybrid rather than the messy materials of bygone days. Hats treated with oilwax, start out feeling just a tad tacky, and looking just a little shiny. As they age the oilwax will attract pollutants such as dust, dirt, sweat, and oil from the environment and the texture will smooth out to resemble well used old leather. The more the hat is handled and worn the quicker this aging process occurs. This is where the misconception of leather cocked hats actually originates. Hats during this period were most typically made of felt not leather. The animal fibers from sheep, rabbit, goat, and beaver, or a combination were used to produce felt. People saw hats that looked like leather when in fact they were simply felt hats that had been tarred. Hats that are oilwaxed are rigid and a scarf or bandana should be worn for comfort. Upper price range.