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 hatbands, cowboy and western hats, 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.
never featured a testimonial on our home page before,
but Ray Blum's was so compelling we thought we would
share it. :: More
Raymond Blum Sent: February-20-2014 Subject: 100%
I bought a hat a few years back, (May 2011)
100% beaver it was. Paid a good dollar for it too.
Started out as a Wyatt
if I remember right but it just ended up being my
hat. I even sent a picture of me on my motorcycle
I was so happy with it out of the box. I've worn my
hat almost every day since. For me ball caps are out,
they're useless. My hat has seen weather from the
Rocky Mountains in B.C which is where I'm from, 30
years plus, to Newfoundland where I currently find
myself. In 2011 I made 7 trips across Canada from
B.C. to N.L. and back and my hat made every mile.
Once in awhile I'm disappointed that my hat doesn't
look like it has the miles on it that it does, but
when you buy something that can possibly last a life
time, it wears hard I guess. If you know anything
at all about North Atlantic weather in the winter,
you'd know this hat has seen the absolute worst weather
Canada has to offer I'll tell you that straight up.
100% means 100%. Anything less than that, is just
that. In my opinion, if your mulling it over about
the price tag, my advice would be root for Nike and
just do it. It can become your good friend and faithful
companion if your inclined to understand what it can
do for you. There's a lot of hats out there to buy
and I researched them intensively considering the
investment. But the lids from The Last Best West are
a rare find these days I say. So, I say a genuine
thank you. Sincere
are excited to offer a new line of original Artisan Hat
bands made in America! We found a small jewelry maker
specializing in using unusual materials to craft their
earrings, necklaces and other great looking pieces. We
liked the work so much we engaged them to make us five
fabulous looking hatbands, including Trader Horn,
pictured above. continued
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
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.
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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. Want
more? Read the first 20 pages at Amazon.com before
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.
August we introduced nine new hats, including a couple
of old tyme designs. The Jeb
Stuart, based on the Civil War generals' original
hat, and the Fort
Apache, a tricked out Cavalry
Troopers hat, perfect for making a statement on the
SASS line. Continued
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 being placed.
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
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
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.