Hat manufacturers used to rate hats on a scale of 1X–10X based on the felt quality and amount of beaver used in fabrication. Hats sized 1X to 5X were often made of wool and/or hare, with a tiny quantity of beaver thrown in for good measure. A "10X" hat was made entirely of beaver. These days, most cowboy hats are still rated on a scale of 1X–10X, but they usually have more detailed markings so that you can tell what size your hat is without having to try it on.
The number next to the X's indicates how many times the hat's circumference is greater than your head. So, a 5X hat would fit someone who is 55 inches around the neck. A 10X hat would fit someone who is 60 inches around the neck.
Pre-1930s western hats were generally made from sheep's wool or alpaca wool. The finest wools could be used for making hats that would cost up to $100 or more. By the 1930s, cotton had become the material of choice for making hats. It was much cheaper than wool and still durable enough for use by farmers as well as cowboys. Today, many western wear brands still use cotton for their products because it is less expensive than wool and still performs well in terms of durability and comfort.
Cotton isn't pure cotton, though. It contains natural chemicals called gossypol that protect the plant against insects.
Hats made of material graded less than 5X often had a lower grade of fur and little or no beaver fur. A 10X hat was constructed entirely of beaver fur. They were most often found in western museums. Today, they can cost up to $10,000.
The term "10X" has become synonymous with "high-end." A man who wears a 10X cowboy hat is usually not trying to save money. He may even own several different hats to match his many outfits. The size of the X indicates just how fine the horsehair band is that holds the two pieces of fur together. The finer the band, the more expensive the hat.
There are few laws governing the manufacturing of cowboys' hats, so quality varies greatly. A rough estimate puts the average lifespan of a 10X hat at about 10 years.
In conclusion, 10X means high-quality. It is used to describe all kinds of goods, from clothing to equipment to accessories. When you see this word followed by a number, it is safe to assume that the product is luxurious and worth paying for.
Hats constructed of less than 5X material often featured a poorer grade of fur and little or no beaver fur. It's possible that one company's 5X beaver is better than another's 10X—a it's tough system. Generally, though, the lower the number, the cheaper the hat.
In the early 20th century, beavers' tails were harvested and sold by the pound. The term "beaver fur" referred to the tail alone, not the head or body fur of the animal. Today, we use the term "beaver fur" to describe both the tail and the head/body fur of the animal. We call the quality of the fur used in hats "standard" or "prime." A hat made from good quality fur (i.e., standard or prime) will last longer because it won't absorb moisture like low-quality furs do.
Beavers are rodents in the family Castoridae. They live in North America in temperate regions with well-drained soil for building their dams. Beavers build their dams across streams to create large ponds for fishing opportunities and for water control. They also build bridges over small streams as part of their dam construction process. These bridges are known as beaver lodges and can reach heights of more than 10 feet!
What exactly does it mean to wear a 10X hat? Therefore, a person who wears only 10X hats is considered to be very high status.
The size of the hat corresponds to the size of the dog's head. So, a large-size dog would need a large-size hat; a medium-size dog would need a medium-size hat; and so on. The position of the collar indicates the rank of the wearer. A red collar with white spots means that the dog is a police dog. Other colors are used for other ranks.
The higher the X rating, the better the quality of the fur. Beavers are killed when they are caught in a flood stream to obtain their fur, which then goes into the making of fishing nets. So, the more streams a beaver has gone through, the darker its coat will be. In general, beavers living in larger rivers tend to have darker fur because there is more opportunity for them to get caught in streams.
In conclusion, the 10X hat represents great status among German shepherds.
The X-factor was also a good pricing guide, with a 3X hat costing $30, a 4X hat costing $40, a 5X hat costing $50, and so on. A 3X cowboy hat might be made today, but it wouldn't be considered high quality.
The term "cowboy hat" came from the fact that these hats were originally designed for use by cowboys working in the western United States. Although they are still made today, they are no longer called "cowboy hats".
In modern usage, the term "cowboy hat" is used to describe any flat cap designed for men. These caps can be black, brown, gray or white. They usually have a stiff brim and are worn by people living in countries where cold weather is common. Canada, USA, Russia, and Europe are examples of countries where people wear cowboy hats.
People in countries where it's not cold enough for hats like this one to be needed may wear baseball caps instead. The term "baseball cap" is actually more accurate because those are the actual shapes of these hats; sometimes called "straw hats". Baseball caps are worn by men and women, but most commonly by young males.
There are different types of baseball caps.