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Cowboy Hat Care

Our Six Gun cowboy hat with a hat stretcher in it, sitting on our wooden hat stand. The best way to display your hat.

Cowboy Hat Care

Traditional Cowboys seldom cleaned their Cowboy Hat – other than a simple slap with their hand, or against their leg as they picked themselves up. A rinsing was something rain or snow provided, or the hat got a bath when it’s owner did. Good Hats were for the wealthy, a Range Cowboy made do with one – for every occasion. We subscribe to the traditionalist way – let your custom beaver fur-felt cowboy hat age gracefully with you!

  • Ever wonder why your cowboy hat seems to shrink if it hasn’t been worn in a few weeks or months? This is one of the most common problems that hat owners experience. The reason is fairly straight forward. When you wear a cowboy hat chances are you will sweat in it, which will get the leather sweat band wet, sometimes even really wet. Then the hat is taken off and not worn again for a week or 2 or maybe months. During this time the leather sweat band dries out, thus causing the leather to shrink slightly, causes the fit to tighten up. Generally wearing your hat for a day will stretch it out again, but if you have our hat retainer/stretcher – this little tool will either keep the size and fit correct, as the sweatband/hat dries, or stretch it out for comfort when the fit tightens.
  • If you sweat up your hat make sure you wipe the sweat band and hat liner down every day. Sweat is acidic in nature and is a breading ground for bacteria, and will rot any material over time. After a sweaty day in your hat, it should be wiped down with a damp cloth with mild dish soap on the sweat band and hat liner, anywhere you sweated. Then put the hat stretcher in it to hold the size as it dries overnight. A hat is no different than a pair of jeans, shirt or socks and underwear. It is worn against your skin and should be cleaned as described. You’d never wear a pair of jeans for 5 years without cleaning it, the same standard should be applied to your hats. 
  • When your hat gets wet let it dry naturally. Don’t put it in the furnace room or use a blow dryer on it! Put a hat retainer/stretcher in the hat to hold the proper size. A good hat is similar to a pair of jeans; the hat will shrink slightly when wet and stretch out when worn again. Our wooden hat stretcher is a very useful tool to keep all your hats fitting properly, for a small price.
  • When your hat gets dirty or dusty, easiest way to clean it is with a hat brush, or even better vacuum it with a shop vac. Careful with the shop vac – only for quality working hats!
  • Never lay your hat brim down! NEVER! EVER! This puts a lot of stress on the brim and will cause it to lose its shape. Be sure that you place the hat on its crown with the brim up, if no other option is available.
  • Hang the hat on a hat stand, coat hook, or some other such perch. That way the curled part of the brim is not taking any weight. Our wooden hat stand is a great alternative.
  • KEEP THE BOX YOUR CUSTOM HAT COMES IN FOR MOVING OR TRAVEL. Hard plastic “hat cans” are also a great solution for travel and storage. If you are storing your hat for an extended period – put it in a bag as dust will damage your hat over time – but be sure to leave the bag open slightly to allow air to circulate. If you don’t mildew may occur. Never store your hat for extended periods of time upside down, gravity will act on it and the shape will distort.
  • Always try to leave your hat in a cool, dry environment. NEVER in direct sunlight – or fading may occur. Probably not the best idea to leave it in your vehicle.
  • Should you spill whiskey, beer or some other tasty beverage on your hat, once you stop crying; rinse the spot immediately with COLD WATER ONLY! If you use warm water it can set the stain. Once the fur-felt is dry, brush with a hat brush, or an old toothbrush, to bring the nap back.
  • If you get chocolate or some other sticky substance on your hat let it dry before attempting to clean. Grab a small knife and gingerly scrap the crud off. If you want to try returning it to like new – there are numerous commercial cleaners available for your Cowboy Hat. Most large western wear chains have a selection to choose from.

Disclaimer! Supplied as information only – your own common sense should always be followed.


Re-enactor friends of the last best west

  • Josey Wales Cowboy Hat

    Josey Wales style Cowboy hat - our take on this classic western movie hat Our version of the Josey Wales Cowboy Hat has a bound brim edge and a satin ribbon and bow for the hat band, with the optional cav cord over it. You can choose white, yellow, black, red, or 2 styles of officer for your cavalry cord. Shown in sand with optional heavy trail dust, and unsoiled in silver belly.
    • CROWN:4 1/2 inches
    • BRIM: 4"
    • Crown: Slight front pinch, Pecan top.
    • Brim: 1/2" Kettle Curl Bound
    • Hatband: 1" satin ribbon with optional Cavalry Cord
    • Color: Bone with optional heavy soiling And unsoiled in our classic silver belly color
    • Personalized with your name inside the crown
    • Hats ship in 6-8 weeks
    • Hatband not sold separately
  • Thing Movie Hat

    Our take on Kurt Russell's hat from the Thing. The Thing Movie Hat - This 4 dent military style has the largest dimensions we can make. A 6 inch crown with a 5" brim. If you'd like the brim flatter on the sides, just put that request in the Production Notes box below.
    • Crown: 6 inches
    • Brim: 5"
    • Crown: 4 Dent Military
    • Color Shown: Chocolate
    • Brim: Hand Shaped -open
    • Hatband: Wrapped 3/4" distressed leather strapping/windstring
    • Personalized with your name inside the crown
    • Hats ship in 6-8 weeks
  • Rigby Reardon

    Rigby Reardon Fedora - our version of the hat from Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid. {1982} Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid may be the cleverest movie in the history of film. This was the first film that cut in classic film scenes and legendary film stars into the plot and dialogue of the story.


    • Crown: 5"
    • Brim 2 3/4" inches
    • Hatband: 2" Grosgrain ribbon and bow.
    • Crown: Fedora
    • Brim: Snap Brim, hand shaped Open
    • Color: Black
    • Personalized with your name inside the crown
    • Hats ship in 6-8 weeks
  • Indiana Jones Adventure Hat


    Our take on the Indiana Jones fedora from the Indiana Jones movie.

    A classic fedora crown with a rakish curve to the brim brought this old hat back into public favor with the enormously popular Indiana Jones movies. Harrison Ford established himself as one of the top leading men in Hollywood with his portrayal of Archaeologist turned Treasure Hunter, Indiana Jones in 1981. We have modified the look of our Indiana Jones Adventure Hat by doing a 3 1/2" inch brim for better weather protection. If you wish the 2 3/4" inch brim (like the movie hat) just request it in the production notes as you put your hat order together below.
    • Crown: 4 inches
    • Brim 3 1/2" inches
    • Hatband: 1" Satin ribbon w/bow OR leather
    • Crown: Fedora Pinch
    • Brim: Hand Rolled Open
    • Color Shown: Pecan
    • Personalized with your name inside the crown
    • Hats ship in 6-8 weeks
  • Wild Bill Movie Hat

    Our take on the Wild Bill Movie Hat from Wild Bill (1995)  Wild Bill Movie Hat has an open crown, like our Boss of the Town, and a 5 inch brim, with a large kettle curl and bound edge. Our hat's of to Captain Mac for ordering the first one. Wild Bill Movie Hat
    • Crown: 5" inches Open
    • Brim: 5" Kettle Curl; Saucy roll on left - bound brim edge
    • Color Shown: Bone
    • Hatband: 1" satin ribbon and bow.
    • Hats ship in 6-8 weeks
  • Jesse James Purgatory Cowboy Hat - Our take on the Brooks or Jesse James hat worn by JD Souther (of Eagles fame) from Purgatory {1999} Our Jesse James Purgatory Cowboy Hat is a pretty straight forward hat style, just a Texas Flat Crown, which is a variation of our classic Boss of the Town style hat, with a slight pencil roll, and almost flat brim.
    • Color Shown: Silver Mist. Movie hat is charcoal.
    • Crown: 4 1/2" inches Texas Flat
    • Brim: 4" Pencil Roll with gentle hand roll and bound edge
    • Hatband: 1" grosgrain ribbon and bow
    • Hats ship in 6-8 weeks
  • Pale Preacher Movie Hat

    Our take on the Pale Preacher Movie Hat - from Pale Rider (1985) A variation of the timeless Boss of the Plains design which was the first "Western Sombrero" made for the general public in 1865. Immortalized by The Preacher from that great western from Clint Eastwood, Pale Rider.
    • CROWN HEIGHT: 4 1/2"
    • BRIM: 3 1/2"
    • Color Shown: Black
    • Crown: Texas Flat
    • Brim: Hand worked-bound
    • Hatband: 1" Satin ribbon with bow
    • Hats ship in 6-8 weeks
  • Tristan Movie Hat

    Our take on the Tristan - the Brad Pitt hat from Legends of the Fall (1994) The Tristan Movie Hat is a classic cowboy hat design worn by many of our favorite cowboy movie heroes through film history. In Legends of the Fall this hat style is worn by Brad Pitt as Tristan Ludlow, in this big sweeping western story.
    • Crown: 5 1/4 inches
    • Brim: 4"
    • Color Shown: Sahara; with optional medium trail dust.
    • Crown: Pinched front, Pecan top
    • Brim: Hand rolled-open
    • Hatband: 1" dark brown leather
    • Hats ship in 6-8 weeks
  • Decker

    Our take on the Decker Hat - from Legends of the Fall (1994) Perhaps the most distinctive of all the hats in Legends of the Fall, this tall crowned wide brimed hat has a tight 3 pinch cavalry or Gus creasing to the crown, and a hand shaped brim.

    We're showing this hat in frontier (long-haired) beaver fur-felt, but can just  as easily be done in our standard. If you prefer the Decker in our standard fur felt, just ask for it in the production notes below.


    • Crown: 6 inches
    • Brim 4"
    • Color Shown: Chocolate; in frontier fur felt.
    • Crown: 3 pinch cavalry or Gus crease
    • Brim: Hand Curl-open
    • Hatband: 1/2" grosgrain ribbon with 1898 bow
    • Hats ship in 6-8 weeks
  • Alfred Legends of the Fall Hat 
    Our version of the Alfred Legends of the Fall Hat - the Aidan Quinn hat from Legends of the Fall (1994) This crown shape is the forefather of the Open Road crown shape, and looks good anywhere you might like to wear it, from the Boardroom to the Billiards Hall. Movie hat has an 1898 bow, and if you'd like it on your hat just request it in the PRODUCTION  NOTES.
    • Color Shown: Chocolate brown
    • Crown: Modified Cattleman
    • Brim: Hand worked-open
    • Hatband: 1" inch Satin with bow
    • CROWN HEIGHT: 4 3/4
    • BRIM: 3 1/2"
    • Hats ship in 6-8 weeks
    Our hats off to Joshua Anthony for ordering the first one
  • Ike Clanton Movie Hat

    Our take on the Ike Clanton Movie Hat - from Tombstone {1993}  The 4 dent military style crown was a common crown treatment in the old west. This hat with the pushed up front was worn by Stephen Lang as the cowardly drunk, Ike Clanton, in one of Hollywood's all time great western's - Tombstone. You may want to add one of our horse hair hat bands to complete the look.
    • Crown: 4 1/2" inches modified 4 soft dent military.
    • Brim: 4" inches Hand shaped front pushed up - Bound
    • Color Shown: Whiskey
    • Hatband: 1 inch satin with bow
    • Hats ship in 6-8 weeks
  • Johnny Ringo

    Our version of the Johnny Ringo Hat - from Tombstone {1993} Hats in the old west shipped with a satin ribbon and bow for the hat band and cowboys would often add their own hat band and just slide it over the existing satin one. Our custom Ringo hat has the same off kilter crown as the movie hat, and the same rakish upturn to the right side of the brim. Instead of the braided horse hair band that's sported in the movie, we've chosen to wrap our custom wind string, around the existing band. Comes with wind string, you do not need to order separately.
    • Crown: 4 1/2 inches
    • Brim: 4"
    • Color Shown: Black
    • Crown: off-kilter telescope
    • Brim: Hand worked-Open, pushed up center-right
    • Hatband: Black 1 inch satin with bow. c/w custom Wind String wrapped over the ribbon
    • Hats ship in 6-8 weeks


  • Doc Holliday Cowboy Hat

    Our version of the Doc Holliday Cowboy Hat - from Tombstone {1993} Doc's adversary amongst the Cow Boys, of course, was Johnny Ringo. So naturally the Doc Holliday Cowboy Hat is the opposite of Johnny Ringo's. The fedora working to the crown suggests culture and education, and the left turn up on the brim infers a dangerous bent to his personality. Also shown is a 20X sand colored Doc Holliday cowboy hat made for a theatre company in Nashville. Order yours today. Doc Holliday Cowboy Hat
    • Crown: 4 1/2" inches
    • Brim: 4 inches
    • Color Shown: Black with medium trail dust and Bone
    • Crown: Fedora top and pinch
    • Brim: Hand worked, left side curled higher-Bound
    • Hatband: 1 inch satin with bow
    • Hats ship in 6-8 weeks
  • Curly Bill Custom Cowboy Hat

    Our take on the Curly Bill Custom Cowboy Hat - from Tombstone {1993} Curly Bill Custom Cowboy Hat Tombstone western movie hat a great attention getter for a show hat, regardless of the company you keep. Want an attitude? Put this baby on. You'll find yer strut is a little tighter,  your snarl a little meaner wearing this classic old west hat.
    • Crown: 5 inches Texas Flat
    • Brim: 4" Heavy front upturn, flat with a bound edge
    • Color Shown: Sand and Silver Mist
    • Hatband: Leather/concho's is our standard hatband. Silver Mist color hat has a windstring for the hatband
    • Hats ship in 6-8 weeks
  • Turkey Creek Movie Hat

    Our take on the Turkey Creek Movie Hat - from Tombstone {1993} Nothing too complicated about this hat, worn by one of the great character actors of the last 50 years, Buck Taylor. Turkey Creek Movie Hat has the 4 dent military crown with a hand shaped brim.
    • Crown: 6" inches Open - 4 dent military
    • Brim: 4" Hand shaped and bent-Bound
    • Color Shown: Bone. Movie Hat is undyed natural
    • Hatband: 1" satin ribbon and bow
    • Hats ship in 6-8 weeks
  • Texas Jack Vermillion Hat

    Our take on the Texas Jack Vermillion Hat - from Tombstone {1993}  Another uncomplicated hat. This is the hat style worn by Peter Sherayko as Texas Jack Vermillion. A classic Boss of the Plains, with a pushed up front and bound edge. Shown with optional windstring. Movie hat is a bone color.
    • Crown: 4" Open - Uncreased
    • Brim: 4 inches Pushed up centre-right front, flat/bound edge
    • Color Shown: undyed natural
    • Hatband: Custom 1" satin ribbon and bow.
    • Hats ship in 6-8 weeks

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