quality hand-made leather chaps and
accessories from The Last Best West
Leather is an important material to cowboys
Leather Chaps – Leather wears hard, is like a second skin, and early cowboys soon learned how to work leather to make hardy leather garments to do their jobs better, protect their clothes and make their lives easier. The leather we use for our custom chaps and leather accessories is top quality, and will stand the test of time.
Chaps were an important innovation, allowing the cowboys to protect their pants and boots when riding through brush, or when a rope slammed against their leg from a misbehaving steer at the other end. Chaps will also keep your legs warm and help keep you dry on foul weather days.
Our quality hand made hats and leather are made to last and our chaps are no exception. Researched and designed by The Last Best West from archival photos, these chaps will give you the wear, look and protection you want and need. And you will look smart doing it. Order your pair today. Expect 3-5 week delivery in North America.
Our Leather Master has been working with leather, hide and fur for more than 30 years, and over his career has made close to a thousand pairs of chaps. For truly authentic, top-notch cowboy chaps and leather accessories you’ve come to the right place!
Made to order. Made to last. Made in America by the cowboys at the last best west.
We were honored to be asked to reproduce the hat (modified Curly Bill), chaps (modified open range), and cartridge belt (our 3 inch), shown at right being worn by 1870s cowboy, Nat Love, for the Smithsonian Museum of American History, in Washington.
Hello 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.
Attached is a reenactment photo of the famous Nat Love photo I sent you months ago as the blueprint for the gear, with myself as the actor, which was taken by someone in our Media Department, and digitally manipulated for an 1800s effect. I submit it to you, with all the gratitude I can muster for your expertise and guidance in this process!
S. Xavier Carnegie
Theatre Programs’ Creative Director
Smithsonian National Museum of American History
Step in Shotgun Chaps
Open Range Handmade Leather Chaps – This style of chap with the 2 front pockets was likely the most common design worn by working cowboys of the 19th century, and up ro modern times.
Back in the day chaps that had a narrow leg were called stove-pipe chaps, today they are likely to be refered to as shotgun chaps.
The step in design has a leather gusset down the back of the leg that you step thru to put the chaps on. Enter your chap measurements in the appropriate boxes as you put your order together.
Directions for getting accurate chap measurements are located on a product tab, part way down each product page. We will e-mail you a production receipt to confirm once your order is placed.
LEATHER COVERED CANTEEN
Cloth wrapped canteen body for insulation, and then more insulation from the custom leather cover. Mouth piece and cap are plastic for hygienic reasons.
IMPORTANT: Any canteen liner can crack from freezing if left full, with the cap on tight. If you leave the canteen out in freezing weather; have 2/3rds or less fluid in it and leave the cap off. When water thaws it expands, and if you follow these 2 simple rules your canteen liner should not crack, should the water in it freeze.
ADD 45.00 DOLLARS IF YOU WANT YOUR INITIAL ADDED SURROUNDED BY BORDER EDGING. OR ORDER WITH OUR LAST BEST BRAND. Add your initial choice in the PRODUCTION NOTES box, as you put your order together.
Our Leather Chaps and Accessories
Custom Handmade Working Saddle$4,750.00 Select options
Custom Leather Covered Canteen$190.00 Select options
Custom Handmade Leather Wrist Cuffs$145.00 Select options
Hat Windstring Stampede String$30.00 Select options
Rifle Butt Slides$96.00 Select options
Magazine Belt Slide$75.00 Select options