Last Best West Cowboy Hats and Leather

MADE TO ORDER. MADE TO LAST. MADE IN AMERICA.

Our hand-made hats ship in 7-10 weeks and our custom cowboy leather in 3-5 weeks.

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The Last Best West Cowboy Hats and Leather
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Custom Cowboy Hats

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We are designers and makers of hand made cowboy and western hats, leather holsters, sheaths, chaps, and other cowboy gear. If you are a returning client we say welcome back! And to all you fine folks who are visiting us for the first time – HOWDY! 

2020 saw The Last Best West™ celebrate a milestone of 20 years online, and as we enter our third decade on the world wide web we thank all our dedicated clients who have made this possible. And we look forward to offering great custom cowboy leather and the Internets largest selection of online custom hats for decades to come. All made in the USA.

Cowboy Hat colors

Our Cowboy Hat colors

Purchase one of our fine beaver-blend hand made cowboy hats or fine cowboy leather, and you will receive the same quality and workmanship that is worn by more than a dozen of the world’s premier rodeo cowboys riding today. National Security Advisors, Production Companies, Marshals, Sheriffs, Musicians, Writers, Cartoonists, Artists, Athletes, Soldiers, and lots of every day folk love our products, and we hope you will as well. Testimonials

We have over 170 different hat styles in our catalog; enough for even the finickiest cowboy to find a hat style they like! And if you love Old West History you’ll enjoy going through over a hundred pages full of  stories about the heroes and villains of the wild west. 

We have everything from classic western hats from the 19th century to new versions of your favorite hats from the movies. Take your time, have a wander around. . .there’s lots to see in The Last Best West™.

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Good Indian Rifle SheathFrom: Wayne Tush
Sent: February 3, 2021 2:03 PM
To: The Last Best West
Subject: Good Indian Rifle Sheath​

Thanks it arrived today and it is magnificent. Even better than I imagined.

WHAT DOES CUSTOM MEAN?

Last Best West Cowboy Hats
We allow clients to switch hatbands between hat styles, and request different crown and brim dimensions. As well you get your name stencilled on the sweatband inside the hat.

Last Best West Leather
We make our Hand Made Holsters, belts and Indian Rifle Sheaths to fit your firearms. We offer custom fit on our holsters for almost any pistol, and make our gun and cartridge belts to your waist and cartridge size. Enter your info in the comments box during checkout.

Last Best West Leather Colors

Classic Cowboy Leather

Hand Made Western Leather Holsters, Indian style rifle sheathschaps, and leather accessories that most every old west cowboy and wrangler would have needed to be a real working Buckaroo. Our old west single action holsters are true to the 19th century and perfect for SASS or cowboy action shooters.

All our holsters are lined

Our gun belt backs are suede so the belt stays where it is buckled. All our holsters have a hammer tie down or strap that goes across the action in the case of semi-automatic side arms. All our western holsters can be ordered in any draw style. Cross-draw or strong-hand draw. For the twist draw we recommend our classic Slim Jim holster :: Testimonials

M1911 Modern Shoulder Holster – A classic shoulder holster for a Semi Automatic

Adapted from a Texas pattern shoulder holster circa 1890. We have eliminated the chest strap and have secured the holster by using a strap and buckle that goes across your back, and over the opposite arm. As well we have angled the holster towards the centre of your chest, allowing for quick access. Comes with extra mag pouch. Holster shown is in a antique brown color.

Our leather cowboy 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. And of course all the great Hollywood Westerns of the past 100 years.

Cattleman Cowboy Hat Band

Replacement Hat Bands

Our creative and original hat band designs are just the thing to jazz up an old hat, or give a new hat a different look. If your old hat has a grosgrain ribbon and bow, our hatbands are designed to just slide over-top. This gives you a second unique look for your hat, just like the old-time cowboys used to do. And easily slides off, allowing for use on other hats. The designs are different enough to appeal to most people, and a great gift for any cowboy that likes to stand out from the herd!

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Wild Bill Hickok

Wild Bill Hickok

Hickok Old West Cowboy Hat – Bill Hickok was larger than life and he Bill1liked his hats the same way – this is our best guess on what Wild Bill was wearing in this picture.

We start with an over sized hat body to make this classic western hat, with a short crown and wide brim. Brim’s worked different – but essentially the same hat worn by Wild Bill on HBO’s Deadwood.

The prototype of the old west pistol fighter, Bill Hickok had the size, the sad eyes and the heroic exploits to make an impression on most any body. Just weeks after the end of the Civil War, Wild Bill took the train to the end of the tracks in Springfield, Missouri.

When confederate Dave Tutt bragged he could, “Shoot a bird on the wing“, in Springfield, in 1865, former Union soldier, Bill Hickok was quick to reply, “Did the crow have a pistol? Was he shooting back? I will be.

There’s a number of reasons people say Hickok and Tutt fought. They were both wooing the prettiest girl in town, their political sympathies were at odds, but it came down to a pocket watch. Hickok and Tutt had been playing poker and Bill lost a big pot to the loud mouthed Tutt. His pocket watch had been part of the bet, and Dave insisted that he hold it against the debt of 25 dollars.

Wild Bill wasn’t happy, but he allowed it with the warning, “Don’t let me see you on the street with my watch, Dave.

The next morning the streets were lined with the curious as Dave Tutt and a couple of his cronies were strolling down Main Street, with Dave flaunting Hickok’s pocket watch. Seventy-five yards away Wild Bill walked out to the street and threw down the gauntlet.

Don’t you cross the square with my watch Dave!

By way of an answer Tutt pulled his pistol and fired, as Hickok did the same. Tutt missed. Wild Bill didn’t. From that incredible distance, shooting with a cap and ball pistol, Hickok hit Dave Tutt in the heart, dropping him dead. Hickok then strode down the street and reclaimed his coveted pocket watch, admonishing the crowd with, “Are you satisfied!

American Heroes Channel (AHC) has a wonderful series of docudrama’s called the Gunslingers, and the actor playing Wild Bill maybe the best we have ever seen.



Quotable Quotes

“The Old West is not a certain place in a certain time, it’s a state of mind. It’s whatever you want it to be.”

— Tom Mix

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Macfarren FRENCHY  

Thanks for all your help over the past years … you should be called The first best west … Nick (Scotland)

Nick Macfarren June 14, 2020

Altimari TALL T COWBOY HAT

Hi, Sonja: Just wanted to let you know I LOVE the hat. Couldn’t be happier!
And the care sheet was a very nice touch, too. Thank you! 
Best regards, Bill Altimari

William Altimari June 17, 2020

Hi Sonja, I received my (modified City Lights) hat yesterday. It is everything I hoped it would be, I absolutely LOVE it.  Thank you for fixing it exactly as I asked, it is truly a custom hat.  I have always wanted a custom hat and finally found it.  Thank you so much for your customer service and attention to detail. 

Kelly Korb Jan 31 2020

James Thornbury of Canned Heat

Hi Sonja, We are loving James’s custom lid (Modified Custer) and wanted to send you a glimpse of its new home. Next time James will be gigging in it! Thanks for everything. Rhyl and James in Australia. 01-13-13

James Thornbury is a world-class guitar player and musician. Here’s a video on YouTube of James re-united and performing with seminal blues-rock band, Canned Heat.

James Thorbury, Musician

We just received Josey Wales around 3:00pm. The box looked like it had been just put together. There was no dents scraped or tears in it. Josey was out of his barn so to speak but was in beautiful shape which is testament to the quality of the work that you do the hat blew us away blew us away.

Rose Case {June 21, 2019}

Hat (Bullock) received…and I could not be more pleased with it. Your company is, hands down, my favorite hat-making company. You can quote me.

D. Grassé Author and Historian {July 12, 2019}

ARRIVED!!!  And they (Combination Shoulder Holster) are stunning.  Thank you so much for the amazing turnaround.  That was light speed!  It’s going to our weapons department and heading to set…We have had to have custom leather holsters made for other shows like “Westworld” and “Mind Hunter” and your work is outstanding.  Love to circle back the next request. Please thank everyone for us, really appreciate the effort to make this happen! 

Very best, Tara ISS Studios {April 22, 2019}

In person the cowboys were mostly medium-sized men… quick and wiry, and as a rule very good-natured; in fact, it did not pay to be anything else. In character, their like never was or will be again. – Teddy Blue Abbott; Cowboy 1882

The Last Best West by Longfellow

AVAILABLE AT AMAZON.COM

If 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™ . This is the book that started our website 20 years ago. Written by Longfellow it tells a powerful story of revenge and redemption.

Set in 1896 amidst the chaos of the Klondike Gold Rush, The Last Best West™ tells the story of a lifelong grudge between Wasey Bruce and Poke Roberts. Their hatred travels the breadth of the North American West and sets the men on different paths for the gold fields of the Klondike River. Fate brings the men  together again in Dawson City, where millionaires are a dime a dozen and horses are as rare as a pretty woman. See at Amazon.com

Authentic Wanted Posters and Old West Badges

 Our three lines of original poster art (Old West PostersAuthentic Wanted Posters, and Legends of the West) can be seen all over the world, from homesteads and club houses to fancy Dance Halls and Saloons. Our ever popular old west badges  are authentic in size and weight to the origins, and are a favorite of re-enactors and are often seen in western films and series.

LAST BEST WEST COWBOY HATS AND LEATHER