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.
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.
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.
are designers and makers
of hand made cowboy and western hats, hatband's, custom
gun leather, chaps, and leather accessories. We strive
for authenticity in the pieces we reproduce from the
19th and early decades of the 20th century. Our custom
hats and cowboy leather is 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.
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 time. On any page on this site you will find at
the top right hand side a link below the eagle in
(GO TO PRODUCT INDEX) that will bring
you back to our online catalogue.
have added camouflage to our Fur-Felt color lineup!
You can NOW order camouflage beaver
fur-felt in any of
our great hat styles. Shown at right in a Tom
Horn Style with a sand satin ribbon
and bow, and bound edge.
is right - a whole new page of classic hat designs, from
times gone by, to a couple of modern rodeo style hats.
Including our new Plainsman
a blend of 2 hat styles. This hat has the Tom
Mix sagebrush shaped crown, and the
brim shape from the Decker.
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
what our clients say on our Testimonials page.
HAVE NO PRODUCT CATALOGUE TO MAIL TO CLIENTS!
Doing our part for the Planet. All our products are listed
NOTE WE ARE NOT:Appraisers, buyers, or
dealers in old hats, leather, pictures, posters, badges,
or any other western or antique memorabilia. Due to the
demands on our time and volume of enquiries - questions
of this nature go unanswered.
know Cowboys, we know the Old West and we know Cowboy
Today and receive in time for LABOR DAY
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
of our latest custom creations is our take on the
John Marston hat, from the
video game, Red Dead Redemption. We show our version
with our optional windstring,
and light trail dust.Click
for our take on John Marston's hat. One
of John Wayne's most popular western roles, was that
of Hondo Lane in the 1953
western, Hondo. Directed
by John Farrow and featuring Geraldine Page as the
damsel in distress, with a scruffy Ward Bond, and
a young James Arness, as his cavalry buddies. A
variation of our John Wayne Cavalry hat, the Hondo
hat is now available - click here. As
well here's an addition to our modern rodeo hats;
a throw back to the 1990s - the Line
Dancer. More great looking hats
for on the Town, Trail, or at the SASS range. Like
a bushier look to your hat? See the Frontier hat body
we used for the Dodge
City. Order with confidence; all hat details
are confirmed within a BUSINESS day of your order
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
were pleasantly surprised to be asked by SumCreative
to create hats for the 2012 Miss Me Jeans advertising
campaign. Below is Australian model, Emma Ishta,
wearing our Lady,
Rifleman, and Line
with the stunning Grand Canyon in the background.
Philippa Lewis Ward [sumcreative.com] Sent: March-21-12
To: Service at The Last Best West Subject: Re:
Hats are on the way.Hi Sonja, Just to let
you we received the hats and they are wonderful!
Thank you so much for everything. They are perfect
and we can't wait to use them...Thanks again –
really appreciate everything! Best Pippa
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 independant 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
our Cowboy leather has been researched and
designed; tried and tested by Longfellow
in Old West Shows and at Cowboy Action Shoots.Our 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.
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
in 2011 is our custom line of hand made
hat bands. Our creative and original designs
are just the thing to jazz up an old hat.
The designs are different enough to appeal
to most people, and a great gift for any
cowboy that likes to stand out from the
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
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.