all clothing the type, shape, and color of your hat
defines your personality. It's highly unlikely that
any other single piece of clothing carries the mystic
that a quality, distinctively shaped cowboy hat does.
a traditional cowboy wore was as unique as his hat and
the big hat reflected the varied weather and terrain
cowboys faced in the N.A. West of the 19th Century.
up yer guns Outlaw's
And cinch them on tight. . . There'll be blood a runnin',
In town before night.
There'll be gun's a blazin'
And singin' with lead
Tonight you'll be drinkin'
Your drinks with the dead.
The Outlaw's Lament
in the pot
Bacons in the pan.
Eat 'em while they're hot
Get 'em while you can.
-Old West trail Cooks
call to supper.
are designers and makers
of hand made cowboy and western hats, hatbands, custom
gun leather, chaps, and other cowboy leather. We strive
for authenticity in the pieces we reproduce from the
19th and early decades of the 20th century. Our custom
hats and leather are made to order and to last.
promise to make no two custom pieces exactly
the same - and our originality and individuality bring
clients back time and again to our order catalogue.
Moreover, we use what we design and make in Wild West
Shows and at SASS Events. We are experts on the old
west; cowboys, their tools and western film history
- but we do not know everything.
are located in cowboy country in the foothills of
the Rocky Mountains, in Calgary, Canada. There
are over 125 pages of old west history on our web
site, and in our Trading Post we stock some of the
most original and authentic cowboy goods around. So
take your time, have a mosey around. . .there is lots
to see in The Last Best West. Testimonials
hats coming up in the following weeks and months:
Lady Tristan (at right)
General Grant, Micah Torrence, Butch Cassidy, a Monte
Walsh hat and more! Including our new Ike Clanton
hat, from that great western from 1993, Tombstone.
This classic has a 4 dent modified Military style
crown. . .
any page on this site you will find at the top right hand
side a link below the eagle in WHITE
(GO TO PRODUCT INDEX) that will bring
you back to our online catalogue.
this page are links to all our fine cowboy gear, as well
as links to their main product page. You will likely want
to save this page as a favorite and visit us often. New
goods are sneaking through the mountain passes all the
STANDARD DELIVERY IS STILL 6- 8 weeks for our quality
hand made cowboy hats. The
Last Best Cowboy Hat. One of a kind Fur-Felt Art.
one of our hand made hats and you will
receive the same quality and workmanship that is worn
by more than a dozen of the world’s premier
rodeo cowboy’s riding today. Production Companies,
Politicians, National Security Advisors, Musicians,
Writers, Cartoonists, Artists, Athletes, Soldiers,
and lots of every day folk love our hats, and we hope
you will as well.
and Brim Measurements
We make custom cowboy hats
so the crown and brim measurements are pretty
much redundant. The hats you see online
are our standard hats, if you want a specific
crown and brim height we will confirm that
after your order is received. We can make
up to a six (6") inch crown and a five
(5") brim. Any hat with a brim width
of more than 4 inches we must start with
an oversized hat body, which adds a little
to the cost. Most of our cowboy hats have
a crown height between 5 and 6 inches and
a brim width of 3 1/2 to 4 inches. Hat styles
with a wider brim include The
of the Dogmen, Wild
Bill, all our B-Movie
hats, and many of our Custom
Code of the West was an intangible thing born
out of necessity for survival, and is more of
an observation on how people acted, then anything
else. . .in essence this was the Code of the West:
A true Cowboy always helps his neighbor, feeds
a stranger and his horse, and maintains his free
and independent spirit. In the Old West you never
asked a stranger his name or where he came from.
It was considered a slight to call another man
by his last name - and often last names weren't
even known. A cowboy's loyalty to his ranch, his
friends, and his talent as a rider and a cowhand
were all that mattered. Continued
yer Ma and Pa.
telling tales or gossipin'.
ye to Sunday meetin’.
nothin' before God.
foolin' around with another fella's
take what ain't yers.
be hankerin' for yer buddy's gear.
right ain't got no end. . . ." Captain
'Red Legs' Terrill from The Outlaw Josey
couple of new leather items, including this
great looking shoulder
holster for your classic 1911,
or get one to fit your modern, hammerless,
semi-auto. We also have a matching western
styled belt holster that looks dynamite
with a gun belt. continued
cowboy holsters; belts and chaps are based
on pictures from museums, archival photos
and mail order catalogues from the late
1800s and early decades of the 20th century.
are 2 holsters to fit modern semi-auto side
arms. At right is our new M1911 Hammerless,
a western styled holster for your hammerless
semi-auto, and a great looking shoulder
Love was one of the first, great, African
American Cowboys. Born a slave
in Tennessee on the Robert Love plantation
in 1854, Young Nat traveled west in the
early 1870s and in 1907 he published his
autobiography, The Life and Adventures
of Nat Love, in which he claimed
to have been friendly with Buffalo Bill
Cody, Bat Masterson, Jessie and Frank
James, Kit Carson, Billy the Kid and Pat
Garrett. In addition Nat stated he had
been a participant in the most famous
range war ever; the Lincoln County War
of 1878. Continued
Longfellow and Sonja!
Xavier Carnegie here, just writing
to thank you for your amazing work on
our gear pieces at the Smithsonian Institution
for our program “Love on the Range,”
featuring historic cowboy Nat Love. Everything
you folks made, from the beautiful custom
hat, to the leather chaps and gunbelt,
have been fantastic. . .
Theatre Programs' Creative Director
Smithsonian National Museum of American
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a cowboy hat is a regular part of your attire,
and you think that black jeans are dress
pants, then you are going to want to read
The Last Best West.
Set in 1896 amidst the chaos of the Klondike
Gold Rush, this western adventure tells
the story of a lifelong grudge between Wasey
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hatred travels the breadth of the North
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Two thousand miles of adventure are between
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the look of your favorite old hat with a
new custom hat band from The Last Best West.
Introduced in the spring of 2011 our hatbands
are all made by hand, and have that authentic
Cowboy flavor to help you stand out from
adapted a slider (SEEN BELOW) so every hat
band ties off at the back and is held in
place by light pressure. It's surprisingly
fast and you can easily take our hatband
off and put it on a different hat. This
design innovation gives a dang fine fit
are excited to offer a beautiful line
of Artisan Hatbands hand made in America!
These great looking hatbands
incorporate natural and synthetic
materials in a dynamic design, to
give an old hat a new look, or any
hat 2 different looks!
Posters are original graphic art and copyrite
The Last Best West. For
a SPECIFIC poster - click the link below.
Old West Posters were the first on the web back in 2001,
since then there have sprouted many CAFE imitators. They
may be cheaper, but they come on modern, glossy, movie
poster, paper. Our poster paper is heavy duty stock, special
ordered by the ream, and is the closest we have found
to actual parchment paper that would have been used in
the 19th century. It's heavy weight and won't get torn
or blown off the hitching post! We don't stain it (reducing
it's life) all our aging is done with graphics - making
them crisp and clear.
Posters are all ~ 11 x 17 inches and are shipped flat.
ARE $28.00 EACH OR TWO FOR $38.00.
PRICE INCLUDES $13.00 DOLLARS FOR SHIPPING.
SHIP within 72 hours.
2012 we supplied a pure beaver hat for a door prize
at a Super Bowl party held by Americans for all
the co-alition troops in Afghanistan. We received
this thoughtful gift in return. Patrol flown flag
and commerative plaque. Hooo Raaa