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Legendary old west pistol fighter.

James Butler Hickok
Wild Bill
lived a fast, violent life. A union scout/spy, frontiersman, buffalo hunter, and lawman, Bill was murdered just days after arriving in Deadwood, Dakota Territories in 1876. Often associated with Calamity Jane, the reality was that Jane was no more than an acquaintance, and there is no evidence that they were ever lovers. continued

The Cowboy Hat defines the wearer.

A traditional cowboy prized his hat above all things - with good reason. It was often worth a month or two's wages - and that made it very expensive. The cowboy likely spent hours personalizing the hat with creases to the crown and molding the brim - that made it his. An old west cowboy would go to hell and back to retrieve a misplaced cowboy hat and it was seldom further than an arm's length away.

Old Fashion Quality
You won't find these western hats at your nearest mall. Many of the brim shapes or crowns may look familiar, may even be the same, but they are poor imitations, cookie-cutter designs; mass produced and available virtually anywhere. Don't follow the herd - strike out on your own with a classic custom western hat from The Last Best West. Cowboy Hat Home :: Testimonials

A Cowboy's Word
We take our Cowboy Heritage seriously and work hard at preserving the best of the qualities that make the Old West such an enduring and romantic period in the World's history. We believe if you want an authentic 1898 Roughrider hat - you should be able to get the same looking hat that the troopers wore. Satisfied customers are our goal, so we make sure every hat gets personal care and attention to detail in making it so.

Exceptional Service from The Last Best West
We will give you expert personal service designing your Traditional Old West, or Classic Western Movie Hat.  We start with the best fur-felt hat body available - made in the USA - and fashion as fine a custom western hat as you can find anywhere, for any price. If you don't see what you want - send us a picture - and we'll make our version of that hat. Most hat designs can have a crown height up to 6" (inches) and a brim as wide as 5".

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What you need to know to order with confidence
On our fact page you'll see step by step instructions for measuring your head, ordering your custom hat, shipping, and our refund policy. We also have a section on general hat care, and Cowboy Hat Etiquette. (not to be missed!)
Click here for our Cowboy Hat Facts. The Best of the Best - order 100X.

All hats listed are priced at 5X, 20X and 100X quality.

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OUR STANDARD DELIVERY IS STILL 6- 8 weeks for our quality hand made cowboy hats.
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ALL HAT ORDERS SHIP WITH A WOODEN HAT STRETCHER.
A $25 DOLLAR VALUE. NEW HAT PURCHASES ONLY.

Wooden Hat Stretcher FITS SIZES 6 7/8 - 8
We recommend all customers who OWN a good hat, get a hat stretcher. It Is a small cost for a tool that will help keep ALL your hats fitting properly. As well, if you only wear your hat seldom; or have a number of hats you wear, you will find our wooden hat stretcher a valuable addition to maintaining the perfect shape of your custom cowboy hat.

Like all hat and leather products, our hat stand and hat stretcher are made in America.

HAT STRETCHER FITS SIZES 6 7/8 - 8. :: PRICE: $25.00 :: Shipping: $13.00

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We appreciate the confidence you show in us by buying one of our quality beaver/blend western hats, and we want to assure you that should the hat not fit for any reason, we will make sure it gets re-sized and fitting your head.
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The Rough Rider - 1898 Cavalry Hat.

Put your mouse over the image above: The first has the side pinch and the second has none. On our version we also dropped the mesh air vent, but included the traditional military style side bow on the hat band.

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Ernest Borgnine in The Wild Bunch.

Ernest Borgnine wearing a well-worn Roughrider stands out as Dutch in The Wild Bunch (1969)

The Rough Rider                        
1898 Spanish-American War 1st United States Volunteer Cavalry Hat
Crown: centre trench with side pinch| Brim: hand rolled - Open
Hatband: 1" Satin with 1898 bow.
Color: Sahara in 20X Fur-felt

Teddy Roosevelt called these short 4 months in 1898 the most exciting of his life; culminating in leading his "Rough Riders" up San Juan Hill in that storied charge. If you look at any picture of the US Expeditionary Force, you'll see almost as many brim and crown treatments of the same basic hat as there are soldiers. Our hat is based on the originals we saw at the Cavalry Museum in Tucson, Arizona, and is shown in the centre picture below. To the left you'll see two versions of the crown.

Order with or without the cavalry cord. Easily choose your hat options during the checkout process.

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Our thanks to the Major and his Roughriders for the honor of making 4 custom 1898 Roughriders' Hats for the Commander and 3 Non-Com's of USF-1. Read their testimonials.

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Crown 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 Wasey, Quigley, Everett Hitch, Blondie, Little J, The Dunson, Last of the Dogmen, Wild Bill, all our B-Movie hats, and many of our Custom Rodeo Hats.

BEFORE you call or e-mail us questions about our Custom Hats please click here and read answers to our most common questions.

Custom Made For. . . .
All our custom western hats are personalized with your name, initials, or moniker stamped in gold foil on the sweat band, inside the crown. No additional charge.

1898 Bow
This was a common bow style of the 19th century. If you prefer this bow style for any of our hats, just request it when your hat details are confirmed via e-mail.

LADIES BOW
Back in the 19th century and the first 4 decades of the 20th century, when hats were a very common part of every day dress, women's hats had the bow on the right hand side. If you want the bow on the right - request it when your hat details are confirmed via e-mail.

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Custer Hat

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USMC M1902 Campaign Hat
The Few. The Proud. The Philippines
Crown: Modified Slouch| Brim: Flat/Bent - Open
Hatband:  1 1/2" Satin with1898 bow.
Color: PECAN in 20X quality with optional light trail dust.

The Philippine–American War (1899-1902) was a conflict between native insurgents, seeking Philippino Independence, and the United States, which had just annexed the Islands from Spain. Although the rebellion officially ended in 1902, pockets of resistance continued to battle up until 1913. The Philippines would eventually gain independence from the U.S.A. in 1946.

Add a cav cord for just $15 easily while selecting your hat options during the checkout process.

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Spanish-American War.

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Our hats off to Dan Kowalski  for ordering the first one!

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What you need to know to order with confidence
On our fact page you'll learn about fur felt, see available colors, and see step by step instructions for measuring your head, ordering your custom hat, shipping, and our refund policy. We also have a section on general hat care, and Cowboy Hat Etiquette. (not to be missed!)
Click here for all our Cowboy Hat Facts. The Best of the Best - order 100x . . .

A Note about Color
Color variances caused by individual computer monitors are beyond our control.
Light colors will reflect heat the best - while dark colors will retain the heat the most - with black being the worst for staying hot (black absorbs sunlight).
However black is the most formal color so bowlers and top hats were generally black or dark gray. For the first 15-20 years cowboy hats were marketed - your choice of color was black and about 3 shades of brown. Please keep in mind we try to take our pictures with natural light - so differences between the same color reflects the difference in light when the picture was taken Click here for our hat catalogue.

COLOR PALETTES

EARTH TONES: BONE : SILVER BELLY : SAND : DYED NATURAL : SAHARA : UNDYED NATURAL
              CAMOUFLAGE : PECAN : WHISKEY : RUST : MOSS GREEN : CHOCOLATE

PASTEL COLORS: BONE : SILVER MIST : SILVER BELLY : SAND

WARM COLORS: WHISKEY : RUST : MOSS GREEN : CHOCOLATE

GREYS: SILVER MIST : GRANITE :CHARCOAL : BLACK

Click here for a large image of all the colors. Click the hat name on the picture below to link to that hat.

Wooden Hat Stand

NEW! Wooden Hat Stand

For years we have been looking for a good, top quality wooden hat stand. We finally got tired of trying inferior products and designed one ourselves! Hat stand is made from new, unfinished wood, glued and screwed, and comes fully assembled. Ready to be stained or painted to suit your taste. Like all hat and leather products, our hat stand and hat stretcher are made in America.

And when used with our hat retainer, perfectly holds your hat size and displays your pride and joy. Available in two sizes Tall ($45 - 17" high) and Medium ($35 - 12" high) Click pic at left for larger image.

SHIPPING IS $20.00.

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SPECIAL OFFER Get 2 STANDS a Tall and Medium AND SAVE $15.
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Horse Hair Hat Bands
Add a quality horse hair hat band to any hat. Slide it over the satin ribbon and bow {as seen on the Wasey below} or wear it alone. Click picture for larger image.

  1. 5/8" Double tail Black/Beige Price: $55.00
    See it on a hat click here.
  2. 1/2" Padded Double Hitch 2 tail Black/Beige/Maroon Price: $75.00
    See it on a hat click here. Seen on the Wasey below. SORRY NO LONGER AVAILABLE.
  3. 1/4" Single tail Black/Beige Price: $20.00
    See it on a hat click here.
  4. 1/4" Single tail Beige/Black Price: $20.00
    See it on a hat click here.
  5. 1/4" Two strand single tail Black/Beige As seen on the Yakima Price: $20.00
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Custom Stampede String.

Custom Wind string.
Heavy Latigo lace includes this oak, custom stained slider. You can choose either a medium or large slider, custom stained in Deadwood Brown or Old Oak. As well you can select brown or black leather lace. Add this custom wind string to any of our custom hats for 25 dollars during the check out process. Click on the picture at left for a larger image.

Never lose your hat again with this handsome stampede string. Easily select your choices during the checkout process. BUY SEPERATELY by clicking the below link.

Price: $30.00 | Shipping: $12.00 | Total:$ 42.00

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The Ten Gallon Hat
Legendary slang from the old west - this is a common term for a very large cowboy hat - along the same size as our Wasey, the idea being you could carry ten gallons of water in it for your horse. Well, the 10 gallon hat doesn't exist - simple as that. This was a misinterpretation by Texas Cowboys  of the Spanish word, "galón." that Mexican Vaqueros used to describe the narrow, braided, trimming, they used to decorate the crowns of their hats. In reality the largest cowboy hat crown would barely hold one gallon of water, and any hat that would hold 10 gallons, would be so large and unwieldy that it'd be un wearable - just ask Homer Simpson!
"Lady, I'd rather walk for anyone else, than ride for you." Rocklin from Tall in the Saddle. {1944}

This is our Winchester version; client wanted a smaller brimmed Wasey  like the hunter in this Winchester painting at right; circa 1917. 

The Wasey (pronounced: Way see)
Crown: Modified Sagebrush
Brim: Open Hatband: 1" Satin with Bow
Color: Undyed natural in 100% beaver fur-felt

Modified Sagebrush shaped crown was one of the most common of the first few decades of the 20th century. Made famous in the early silent westerns by pioneering movie maker and star William S. Hart, Hart lived the old west and wore this crown shape with many different brim styles, 2 of which you can see at right. This crown shape traces back to old tyme handling dents.

We've modified this look by starting with an oversized hat body, and have slid an optional horse-hair hat band {#2 above} over the satin ribbon and bow. We have put a big hand roll on the brim, with a heavy dip front and back. Shown here in an Un dyed Natural color in 100% beaver fur-felt. As the name implies, the color is a rich mid-brown, similar to a beaver's pelt.

We will shape your Wasey any way you want. All hat details are confirmed via e-mail within 1 day of your order being placed.

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William S. Hart

For the best in sun protection, the oversized hat body can give you up to a 50% wider brim.

Kettle curl the brim and put on a bound edge, adjust the crown dents and you get the bounty hunter version from 3:10 to Yuma; or the Daniel Plainview hat from There Will Be Blood.

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There Will Be Blood

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Daniel Plainview
Hat

SORRY FOLKS.
HAT BANDS CREATED FOR OUR CUSTOM HATS ARE NOT SOLD SEPARATELY.
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Hand made Artisan Hatbands

We 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!

Shown at left is our Mustang Creek hatband on our Wasey hat.

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Custom Cowboy Leather
Hand-made custom gun leather, Indian style rifle sheaths, chaps, and leather accessories that most every old west cowboy and wrangler would have needed to be a real Buckaroo.

All 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 Old West Era: The late 1800s and early decades of the 20th century.

"All the cowboys I know are afraid of only two things. . . a decent woman and being set afoot. . ." Teddy Blue Abbott: Cowboy, 1882.

Custer Hat

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The Custer
Crown: Modified Homburg
Brim: Pencil roll Bound
Hatband: 1" inch black Satin with 1898 Bow
Color: Rust in pure beaver with black bound edge

George Custer was as flamboyant an old west personality as any of his generation, and was anything but camera shy. Many pictures exist of Custer and the one at right was taken at the end of the Civil War {1866} when Custer still held his battle rank of Major General.

Everyone knows what black looks like, so we decided to show this hat in a new color for us: RUST with contrasting hat band and bound edge in black. Easily choose your hat options during the checkout process.

Errol Flynn was more than equal to the task of portraying Custer, in the 1941 classic western, They Died with their Boots On. Flynn and DeHavilland are absolutely charming in this entertaining flick.

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OUR MOST COMMON HAT QUESTION
Q: I'm looking for a ____ Hat. I checked your product catalogue and didn't see it. Can you make it?

A: Yes. As I'm sure you can appreciate it's just not possible to show all the different variations of crowns and brims. If it's made from fur-felt and you can supply us a good picture - yes we can make it. Generally we already carry the same style of hat, we just shape it based on the photo or if it's a movie hat we shape it from watching the movie and seeing the hat from all possible angles to get the look just so. We can do up to a 6" (inch) high crown and a 5" wide brim. Click for answers to our other most common questions.

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Cover of the Calgary Herald; September 21, 2007.

Our Hickok Custom Cowboy Hat goes to the movies! Oh. . .that's our pard Red under it and Sonja at his side at the World Premier of The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.

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Wild Bill Hickok Custom Cowboy Hat.

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The Hickok
Crown: Texas Flat
Brim: Pencil Roll Bound
Hatband: 1 1/2" Satin with Bow
Color: Black

Bill Hickok was larger than life and he liked his hats the same way - this is our best guess on what Wild Bill was wearing in the picture at right. We start with an oversized hat body to make this classic western hat, with a short crown and wide brim.

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James Butler Hickok or
Wild Bill circa 1875.

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Trail Dust
Many customers have been requesting that we dirty up their new hats to make them look trail worn. Pictured at right is a Dusty Augustus - our Augustus with about 2 years worth of trail dust - as if a working cowboy had been wearing it. Click image for larger picture.

We've got three different degrees of trail dust. Light (add $55.00) - medium (add $75.00), and heavy (add $95.00). Light would be what you see at the left on the Dusty Augustus; medium would be like the dusting on the Rossiter; and heavy trail dust looks like our Josey Wales.

This is a similar process that costume designers apply to hats in the movies and t. v. Looks authentic and yer friends will swear yer just got off a trail drive, or a hitch in the Horse Cavalry! You can add trail dust during the check out process - or request it when you call your order in. Orders call toll free: 1-866-207-1909.

Dusty Augustus

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Orry Main
The Confederate Cavalry hat from North and South.
Crown: Slouch| Brim: Hand rolled- Open
Hatband: Cavalry Cord.
Color: Silver Mist in 5X Fur-felt

The 1980s were the decade of the mini-series, and the civil war era North and South was one of the best. Patrick Swayze played the young hero, pining for the abused married woman, played by the beautiful Leslie-Anne Down.

The story was big and broad with many of the stars of the day appearing in the over 550 minute series.

You can select a white, red, black, yellow, or 2 styles of officers cavalry cord during the checkout process.

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Spanish-American War.

Patrick Swayze struts his stuff as Orry Main, in the epic mini-series; North and South. {1985}

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Lt. Col. Kilgore From Apocalypse Now. (1979)
Crown: Modified Slouch| Brim: Hand rolled- Open
Hatband: Satin Ribbon and bow with optional Cavalry Cord
Color: Black in 20X Fur-felt with optional light trail dust

This hat is a higher crowned variation of a cavalry slouch hat, with an unbound brim, dating back to the mid 1800s. We have a 1 inch SRB for the hatband with the cavalry cord slid over top. The crown shape makes this hat a cousin to our Little J hat.

Robert Duvall created a pop icon with his balls-to-the-walls portrayal of Lt. Col. Bill Kilgore of the Air Cavalry, in one of the great war movies, Apocalypse Now {1979} "You can either surf or fight!. . .Charley don't surf!"

And this film is one of those powerful movies that pulls you right through the screen and into the story. All the actors have a handle on their characters, and the story drives relentlessly towards the showdown with Col. Kurst in the Cambodian jungle.

Martin Sheen as Captain. Ben Willard and Marlon Brando as the patriot Colonel turned renegade maniac jungle god, Walter Kurtz. Sheen is sent into the dense Jungle on a Black Ops mission to terminate Kutz's command with extreme prejudice.

You can select a white, red, black, yellow, or 2 styles of officers cavalry cord during the checkout process.

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Civil War Slouch hat

During the Civil War fighters on both sides preferred the better weather protection of the Slouch style hats, over the small brimed Kepis.

Order with or without the cavalry cord. Easily choose your hat options during the checkout process.

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Our hat's off to Chief Warrant Officer
Barry Wulf for ordering the first one!

 

Officer's Slouch                        
Civil war era Cavalry hat.
Crown: 3 dent slouch| Brim: Hand shaped with 1/2" Pencil Roll - Bound
Hatband: 1" Satin with 1898 bow. Shown with optional windstring and
cavalry cord.
Color
: Black in 5X Fur-felt

Louis Kossuth was an immigrant from Hungary and in 1852 he introduced the "Slouch Hat" style to America. Over the next decade the term came to signify almost all soft creased hats with medium or wider brims. Even a medium brim was an improvement over the European styled Kepis and Forage caps of the day. Shown in Union black, if you wish Confederate Gray - order silver mist.

A dramatic variation of crown style and brim shapes can be seen in the pictures of soldiers wearing Slouch hats from those days. And you'll notice from pictures of antique hats that most look rather soft and irregular. This is a characteristic of the wool felt used to make the majority of hats. Beaver fur-felt stays much more stiff and rigid and will afford superior wear and all weather protection.

Thousands of civil war re-creators were recruited to make the realism tangible, in the ambitious film by Turner Pictures, Gods and Generals {2003}.This four hour epic was filmed on many of the major Civil War Battlefields, and shows the dispute from both sides.

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Robert E. Lee, wore a hat more like our Pale Preacher style.

Civil War officers at ease.

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Cavalry Legend
"Slouch Hats" worn by many Cavalry soldiers since the days of the American Civil War often include a colored cord that slides over the standard satin ribbon and bow hatband, which is referred to as a cord, braid, hobble, wrap, or acorn.

Guidelines for the use of the Cavalry Cord and colors was first outlined in 1890 in Circular 10, from the U.S. Army Adjutant General’s Office. Different colors are used to identify different branches of the service. The most common color, yellow, is worn by all enlisted Cavalry soldiers. Scarlet is for Artillery; Black; Chaplains/Staff, Black/Gold; Field Officer, Black/Silver; Warrant Officer.

The original reason for the acorns at the end of the cavalry cords is believed to have been to keep the cavalry man awake in the saddle, from the gentle drumming as the acorns bounced off the brim.

Battle/Combat Knots
There is a Cavalry legend that credits a non-com during the Civil War with tying knots in his cord to signify he'd been battle tested. The idea caught on and many units took to the practice on both sides. You can see an example on our Josey Wales Hat. Today cav cords can be knotted but it does not signify battle tested. Shoulder patches originated in the First World War to identify units, battalions or regiments. Combat patches (to signify a period of service in a war zone) started during the Second World War and continues to this day.

Top Quality Hand Made Leather Hat Bands

We have adapted a custom stained oak slider so every customer gets a perfect fit for their custom hatband. It's surprisingly fast and you can easily take our hatband off and put it on a different hat.

And if you don't want to take off your old hatband, the beauty of our custom hatbands is you can simply slide our custom hatbands over top of the satin ribbon and bow. (SEEN AT RIGHT)

To put on your new custom Last Best West hatband, put your hat on and while looking in the mirror slide your new Last Best Hat Band over and down the crown, centre the design, then reach behind the hat and pull the slider tight. Now you have two different looks for the same hat, and a dang fine fit every time. Click for our leather hat band page.

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1898 Campaign Hat
Enlisted Man's Issue
Crown: 4 pinch peak | Brim: Flat - Open
Hatband: 1/2" Satin with bow.
Color: Sand in 20X Fur-felt

The Spanish–American War was a conflict between Spain and the United States of America from April to August 1898. It heralded the emergence of America as a world power and climaxed with Teddy Roosevelt's' charge up San Juan Hill in Cuba. This is the enlisted man's hat.

Our hats off to world renowned cartoonist Everett Peck for ordering the first one, "Longfellow, Just got the hat and it's perfect! Really great job, like the hat-band too. It's so beautiful I kinda hate to give it the worn out sidekick treatment but I got a feeling I will. Do you suggest the same method you describe on the website ( taking a shower with it )?" Thanks! Everett.

At left: Lee Marvin as the evil gunman, Tim Strawn, wearing a black campaign hat in the highly entertaining 1965 western comedy, Cat Ballou. Marvin also played the down-on-his-luck drunk old west hero; Kid Shelleen. Jane Fonda was young and beautiful and great as Cat, and Marvins acting was so good he bagged the best actor Oscar that year.

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An enlisted man in
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Spanish-American War.

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Traditional Cowboys and their Hats
Up until the turn of the 20th Century most cowboy hats were sold in Mail Order Catalogues. In those days if the local haberdasher didn't have the hat you wanted - he likely had a catalogue to order one from. The first cowboy hats were all made from 100% beaver fur-felt, natural and undyed, and worth their weight in gold to working cowboys and most all other Westerners.

The Montgomery Ward Catalogue of 1872 (at right) was the first to offer a "Western Sombrero" for sale to the public. Like our open crown cowboy hat, Captain Call - most hats were shipped with uncreased crowns, and little shape to the brim. Manufacturers knew that most cowboys would personalize the hat themselves - so they shipped unfinished. Remember Hoss from Bonanza and his big dang hat? That was the most authentic old west hat any of the Bonanza cast wore.

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The 1890s Cavalry Hat below is a new (clean) version of the Dirty Trooper. Shown with a 4" wide brim; optional windstring and in a sand color.

Dirty Trooper/1890s Cavalry
Crown: Modified 3 Pinch cavalry.
Brim: Hand worked Open
Hatband: Satin Ribbon side cavalry tie.
Color when new: Sand

This cavalry hat is our version of the classic look sported by the US Cavalry in the later quarter of the 19th Century. This style is not as exaggerated as the modern Air Cav. designs.

Originally the hat was a sand color, but the color has faded from constant exposure to the sun (better your hat, then your skin and eyes).

Add a top quality cavalry cord with acorns for 15 dollars. It slides over the existing satin ribbon and bow - like they did back in the day.

This hat still has it's traditional roots. Buy it new or we'll be happy to dirty it up for you!

A Cavalry Officer in this 1890 photo.

 

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1890s Cavalry and Dirty Trooper are the same hat. One has a 3 1/2" brim and other a 4" brim. All hat details are confirmed via e-mail within a day of your purchase.

These two Cowboy Hats (Dirty Trooper and Dirty Champie) have seen some hard wear - and have the staining to prove it! The hat's have seen sweltering heat, blizzards and thunderstorms - and more than a few tumbles! We thought you'd like to see what a hard worn hat looks like. We think they have character - lord knows it took hard work to get them to this state! We'd never think of cleaning them - they are what they are. They've aged gracefully so far - the fur-felt is still as good as when it was new.

Dirty/Working Champie
Crown: Creased and Pinched.
Brim: Hand worked Open
Hatband: 1/2" Leather Cavalry Tie
Color when new: Silver Belly

This hat is the working version of the champie - seen above. Open Brim - not bound, more creasing to the crown. This was one of the most popular designs of the late 19th and early twentieth centuries. These days this basic shape is called the "Gus" after Robert Duvall's character in Lonesome Dove. This hat has seen a lot of service and was in this condition when we made our character hat, The Ellsworth - below.

Originally the hat (top left) was Silver Belly in color, but the color has faded from constant exposure to the sun (better your hat, then your skin and eyes). Buy it new or we'll be happy to dirty it up for you!

Working Champie at left is a new version of the Dirty Champie. Shown in undyed natural.

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Sassy Ladies Cowboy Hats

Why should men have all the fun?
Over the years, many of the wives and girlfriends that have ordered hats for their cowboys, have asked when we were going to do some strictly ladies hats. - so here we go, and remember ladies; back in the day all women's hats had the bow on the right.

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Ladies, we will give you expert personal service designing your Traditional Old West, or Classic Western Movie Hat. If you don't see what you want - send us a picture - and we'll make our version of that hat.

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Montana Peak

Northwest Peak
Crown: 4 pinch peak | Brim: Hand shaped Open
Hatband: Braided Leather
Color: UnDyed Natural

This 4 pinch peak was first shown in the Northwest in the 1880s. Today most State Troopers wear a version of this crown working and of course the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Rather than showing the military flat brim, like the mounties, troopers and scouts sport - we've chosen to show it with a slight upward sweep - reminiscent of a cowboy hat. We'll shape the brim either way for you - or something completely different.

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Mounties in Dawson City;
Yukon Territories - 1898

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How to make an Old West Character Hat

Now that you've seen our great hats we're sure you'll want your own Custom Hat - so what are you going to do with your old one? It'd be a pity to relegate it to discard. Our solution is to rotate it out and make a great Character Hat.

Years ago I read a story about how Tom Mix used to crease and work all his custom hats himself in the shower. So I decided to take his advice and am more than pleased with the results. The amount of time it takes is up to you. I had the Ellsworth fashioned in less than 5 minutes - then a further half hour fine tuning the look. The steps I went through are pretty simple.

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