From this single photo...
... she created this prototype, and in a couple of hours I will pick up Mk. 2, the finished article, which she says has been improved upon and is the best she can do.
My 2/3 year search for the ideal winter hat to go with my tweed overcoat is almost over, just in time to be able to wear it right the way through the coming months until next spring, when it will be put away from the moths until next year. I'll replace this post with the final article tonight or tomorrow, depending on the lighting conditions when I get home - I would like you to see it in the best light possible.
I never thought that I would have to have it bespoke made, but having tried every outlet in Britain, and failed with two other hatters who do not seem to want the work, I am now pleased that I have gone down this route. I am already beginning to formulate an aphorism that states that all men should have at least one hat made for them in their lifetime, or some such bollocks.
I will ask her if she wants me to give her some free advertising (she operates from Taunton, Somerset), but at the same time, I am nervous that my currently unique hat will be copied by my (and Basil Rathebone's) thousands of adoring fans, so I may keep her precise whereabouts a secret until my death. I'll have to give it some thought.
In the last couple of communications, she has begun referring to the hat as 'The Rathebone', so it sounds as though it may turn into a line of men's headwear to compliment her existing range of ladies fascinators, etc.
Watch this space.