Vintage Smalls

In response to the growing popularity of vintage style hats, we designed two ranges of crowns and brims to enable you to make some fascinating hats. During 2012 and early 2013 up-cycling milliner Jane Fryers created a stunning series of hats (pictured below) using a number of these blocks, and detailed instructions of the making of all of these are featured in 6 issues of HATalk emagazine.

Vintage Smalls hats by Jane Fryers

Jane has wonderfully demonstrated how much variety can be achieved from a few blocks both in terms of styles and materials. The articles in HATalk are well worth investigating, you’ll be amazed at the detail and craftsmanship of Jane’s work. All photos are by Wilson London Images and clockwise from top left are ‘A Hat with No Name’ (Issue 82) made with CB60 & BB62, ‘Silk Route’ (Issue 78) made with CB62 & BB62,  ‘In the Swim’ (Issue 79) made with CB62,  ‘Cashmere Cowboy’ (Issue 82) made with CB60 & BB61, ‘The Bride’ (Issue 77) made with CB62 & BB61, and ‘Last Christmas’ (Issue 81) made with BB61.

Jane said “The blocks are lovely to work with.  It’s been such an interesting project and so many nice things have come from it”.


IF YOU LIVE OUTSIDE THE EUROPEAN UNION, THE EX VAT PRICES ARE FOR YOU.

CB64 – Vintage Small Crown

CB64

£69.00

A basic domed block on a circular base. Once blocked, it can be manipulated into dished or trilby styles – a very versatile little block!

Ex VAT £57.50

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CB62 – Vintage Small Crown

CB62

£62.00

You must try this delightful little number with its curved swept tip on a rounded triangular base. Great possibilities for your vintage collection.

Ex VAT £51.67

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CB60 – Vintage Small Crown

Vintage Smalls
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£74.00

A snappy little design with a ‘V’ shaped top with one side higher than the other. Circular base.

Ex VAT £61.67

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CB63 – Vintage Small Crown

CB63

£62.00

Try this design if you prefer an oval base. A chic dished tip adds style! The valley runs from front to back.

Ex VAT £51.67

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CB61 – Vintage Small Crown

CB61
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£52.00

A simple ‘fez’ style, again on an oval base. The flat tip slopes down from one side to the other. A neat, classic shape.

Ex VAT £43.33

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CB66 Vintage Small Crown

CB66 Vintage Small Crown

£69.00

Ex VAT £57.50

 

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CB67 Vintage Small Crown

CB67 Vintage Small Crown

£69.00

Ex VAT £57.50

 

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Many thanks for the two small vintage crown blocks which I received this morning.  They are almost too beautiful to use, but no doubt I will overcome this reticence! Helen Thorne – UK

BB60 – Vintage Small Brim

bb60

£75.00

A shallow circular brim, 305mm (12 inches) in diameter, with a 2cm (3/4 inch) deep straight slope. Supplied with special screws and a key to fix your crowns to.

Ex VAT £62.50

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BB61 – Vintage Small Brim

bb61

£91.00


A deeper circular brim, 305mm (12 inches) in diameter with a 45mm (1 3/4 inch) deep gently curved slope. Supplied with special screws and a key to fix to your vintage small crowns.

Ex VAT £75.83

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BB62 – Brim Block

BB62 - Vintage Small brim block
BB62 - Vintage Small brim block with presserCB60, BB62

£146.00

A delightful little up-turned brim, which sweeps from a straight downward slope to a hollow curve on the other side. The position of the crown is offset slightly toward the straight side of the brim. Supplied with a pressing ring. 186mm diameter.

Ex VAT £121.67

 

 

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BB67 – Vintage Small Brim

bb67

£76.00

A simple flat brim with fixing holes to attach any of the vintage small crowns above. Many possibilities including bicorn and tricorn hats. Pictured here with a string groove (not standard).

Ex VAT  £63.33

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Other blocks compatible with the vintage smalls above

CB206 Vintage Small Crown Block

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£150.00

A crown block for the vintage small brim BB129 or any of the other vintage small brims. Pictured with an optional extra collar for blocking separately to the brim.

Ex VAT £125.00

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CB207 Vintage Small Crown Block

CB207-(2)
CB207-(1)BB129+CB207-(2)CB207-(3)CB207-(4)

£125.00

A crown block for the vintage small brim BB129 or any of the other vintage small brims. Pictured with an optional extra collar for blocking separately to the brim.

Ex VAT £104.17

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BB129 Brim Block

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£186.00

A stunning block made from pictures of 1940’s Parisian hats, these are not head fitting hats but ones that perch on the head so are suitable for any head size. The crown platform also allows any of our vintage small crowns to be used with it but the two crowns pictured here were made specially for the brim from the original pictures.

Ex VAT £155.00


Midi Blocks

This is a range of approximately two-thirds size blocks that will sit on top of the head rather than fitting lower down as normal. We started with the mini topper and brim below and have been adding more over the years. Keep a look out for more coming soon and if you’ve any ideas then do let us know.

CB52 – Mini Topper

CB52 - Midi Topper Hat Block

£225.00

A classic topper block only in miniature (approx 2/3 normal size). The crown is made in five parts enabling you to dismantle it inside the blocked crown for easy removal. Made with string groove as standard. Full instructions included.

Ex VAT £187.50

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CB52V – Mini Topper

CB52V - Mini Topper
CB52V with tipperCB52V, BB54

£246.00

A classic topper block only in miniature (approx 2/3 normal size) with a valley that runs from front to back. The crown is made in five parts enabling you to dismantle it inside the blocked crown for easy removal. String groove and tipper as standard. Full instructions included.

Ex VAT £205.00

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BB54 – Brim Block

BB54 - Mini Topper Hat Brim
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£235.00

The accompanying brim for the classic topper above. Fantastic shape with stunning flowing curves. String groove as standard.

Ex VAT £195.83

 

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CB104 – Vintage Small Crown Block

CB104 - Vintage Small Crown Block
CB104 BB54CB104 BB69

£88.00

A bowler crown perfect with the BB54 above or with any of the brims in this range. String groove as standard.

Ex VAT £73.33

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BB69 – Midi Brim Block

BB69 - Midi Brim Hat Block
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£235.00

A great midi brim to accompany the midi bowler crown CB104. Upturn rolled all the way round, less in the front and back than the sides. String groove as standard. Head block not included.

Ex VAT £195.83

 

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CB105 – Midi Crown Block

cb105

£75.00

A regency top hat crown perfect with the BB54 above or with any of the brims in this range. Includes a string groove as standard.

Ex VAT £62.50

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CB106 – Midi Crown Block

cb106

£88.00

A lower version of the CB105 and this time with gently concaved sides. Very nice with the BB69 above or any of the brims in this range. Includes a string groove as standard.

Ex VAT £73.33

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CB110 – Midi Crown Block

CB110 - Midi Crown Block
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£133.00

A mini homburg! Again, this will combine very nicely with BB69 above. Also available is a creser to easily shape the valley, simply place it in the groove with a weight on the top and leave to dry.

Ex VAT £110.83

Creaser £28.00 (£23.33 ex VAT)

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CB116 – Midi Crown Block

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£133.00


A very cute little cowboy crown made for the midi range. This would work well with the BB54 above, or we could make you a dedicated cowboy brim to go with it!
Ex VAT £110.83

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BB65 – Midi Brim Block

BB65 - Midi Brim Block
BB66 - Midi Brim Block

£130.00

A circular brim, 360mm in diameter with a 60mm deep, gently curved slope. Compatible with all the midi size crowns above.

Ex VAT £108.33

 

 

 

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BB66 – Midi Brim Block

BB66 - Midi Brim Block

£130.00

A circular brim, 360mm in diameter with a 28mm deep flat slope. Compatible with all the midi size crowns above.

Ex VAT £108.33

 

 

 

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BB68 – Midi Brim Block

BB68 - Midi brim block

£256.00

A striking asymmetric brim with a high upturn on the left (of the finished hat) and a more gentle, lower one on the right. The upturn at the back is higher than at the front. String groove as standard.

Ex VAT £213.33

 

 

 

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BB93 Midi Brim Block

BB93 Midi Brim Block

£145.00

A midi brim block with steeper front and back than the sides. String groove as standard and can be used with a 19″ collar if required

Ex VAT £120.83

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