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.
an Old West 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. Testimonials
are over 125 pages of old west history on our web
and in our Trading
Postwe 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.
2015 is here and in May The Last Best West will mark
15 years on the world wide web. Time sure flies!
right is our Fred
Dobbs hat, the first of our
classic fedoras, from that dynamite Bogart film, Treasure of the Sierra Madre.
The fedora style of hats have been
with us since 1882, and is named after the play in
which the hat was first seen.
This traditional hat style is very versatile
and looks great with a good suit, or boot and jeans...continued
your hat today and get in time for MEMORIAL DAY
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
HAVE NO PRODUCT CATALOGUE TO MAIL TO CLIENTS! All
our products are listed below.
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
were excited to do some work for FOX
ENTERTAINMENT in 2014. We made a buscadero worn
by Jed the Cowboy, in Night at the
well we were commissioned to make a bow quiver and
a couple of arrow quivers. These were for the live
action shoots, for the newest version of the global
gaming phenom, World of Warcraft.
August of 2014, we were excited to have the Costume
Director and Supervisor from AMC's Hell On wheels
series come through our showroom! Hell On Wheels
is filmed in and around beautiful Calgary, Canada.
Carol and Michelle were done 30 minutes later they
left with 10 hats, a couple pairs of chaps and assorted
hat and leather accessories. Look for them in the
episodes of Season 4.
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 cartridge belt. continued
will have a number of new leather holsters
to show in the next month, including the
military flap holster for the Colt 1911
first used during the First World War, and
a modified one we have developed, without
the flap. If you would like to be notified
when these holsters are available, please
e-mail your request to:
is our Black Knight Slim Jim. A great looking
and functional holster to carry your long
barrelled six-shooters in, like the Schofield.
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
take what ain't yers.
be hankerin' for yer buddy's
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A KINDLE E-BOOK
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
Bruce and Poke Roberts.
hatred travels the breadth of the North
American West, and sets the men on different
paths for the gold fields of the Klondike
River, in the wilds of the Yukon Territories.
Two thousand miles of adventure are between
the men and the Klondike and each will have
their mettle tested before they arrive by
different paths in Dawson City, where millionaires
are a dime a dozen and horses are as rare
as a pretty woman. The Last Best West,
where making your fortune does have a cost.
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the look of your favorite old hat with a
new hat band from The Last Best West.
Our hatbands are all made by hand, and have
that authentic Cowboy flavor to help you
stand out from the herd.
adapted a slider (SEEN BELOW) so every hat
band ties off at the back and is held in
place by pressure. It's surprisingly fast
and you can easily take our hatband off
and put it on a different hat. Our design
gives a good dang fine fit every time, and
looks good doing it.
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.
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.
2012 we supplied a pure beaver hat for a door prize
at a Super Bowl party held by Americans for the
coalition troops in Afghanistan. We received this
thoughtful gift in return. Patrol flown flag and
plaque. Hooo Raaa