Ninteenth Century Hat Maker's And Felter's Manuals
Compiled by Suzanne Pufpaff. Stony Lonesome Press, 1995.
Two reproduced manuals, one from the 1829 (author unknown) and the other
first published in 1868 by John Thomson. Part learned craft, part
"black magic" personal recipe, felt making and the resulting quality of
the product produced varies considerably. An interesting and esoteric
book tracing the state of the art in the mid-19th Century. Even today,
all felt hats are not alike! Be certain your hat seller knows what she
or he is selling you.