Col. Wm. F. Cody

cowboy hats custom made by hand from the last best west

It’s the last thing you take off, and the first thing that’s noticed!

Our hand made cowboy hats ship in 6-8 weeks


Summer is winding down so it’s time for a new beaut of a cowboy or town hat to get out and about and celebrate Thanksgiving with!

We have some where around 150 different hat styles in our catalog, enough for even the finickiest cowboy to find a hat style they like!

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William Frederick Cody (1846-1917)
Soldier, Pony Express Rider, Frontiersman, Army Scout, Buffalo Hunter, and Showman.

Buffalo Bill was the biggest star of his times. Friend to Presidents and Royalty he established the groundwork for the modern day rodeo and wowed audiences in North America and Europe with his extravagant western show.

Made to Order. Made to Last. Made in America

Buffalo Bill Cody Cowboy Hat

Buffalo Bill Commemorative Hat

Bill Cody was a true legend in his own time who inspired a love for the 19th Century American West around the World. 

To celebrate the legacy of Buffalo Bill Cody we are offering 50 bucks off not only this hat but any of our hat styles, sizes, or quality. 

Our great looking Buffalo Bill Cody Commemorative Hat has a 4 1/4 inch crown with a 3 3/4 inch, kettle curled and hand shaped brim.  continued

Enter coupon code: tlbw-50
during checkout and save 50 bucks!

Purchase one of our fine beaver-blend hand made cowboy hats 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.

Production Companies, Marshals, Sheriffs, Musicians, Writers, Cartoonists, Artists, Athletes, Soldiers, and lots of every day folk love our hats, and we hope you will as well.


In 2016 we added 2 great new colors, Buckskin  a nice warm earth tone, (seen on our Frontera hat) and Navy Blue seen on our new Union Cavalry Hat. Change the color to SAHARA or SILVER MIST and you have the Confederate Cavalry hat version. continued  ~ Testimonials :: Rodeo Champions wear our hats

You should find our website easy to get all the information you need when ordering, simply by clicking on the tabs on the bottom of each product page. There you will find our hat colors, leather colors, options and instructions for hat sizing, measuring yourself for a gun belt, and other useful information about our products. 

Hatband for Cowboy Hat

Wow what a great time we had in Nashville Tennessee, at the gifting event for the George Jones Tribute concert. In our swag pack to the stars we included our Music City Hatband

Most people know that putting a cowboy hat on a bed is bad luck – but why do cowboys feel that way?

Well first off a cowboy would never wear his hat in bed and he’d only be in bed during the day if he was sick.

So by putting your hat on the bed you risk bringing sickness or other bad luck on yourself.


Our hand-made cowboy hats are made the old west way – one at a time, starting with the best fur-felt hat body available – made in the USA – and fashion as fine a hand-made cowboy and dress hat as you can find anywhere, for any money.

OUR STANDARD SHIPPING IS  6- 8 weeks for our cowboy hats.

You’ve worn the rest, now own the best!

Cowboy hats

The first steps in the crafting of a fine custom cowboy hat.

What does custom mean?

Many people are between hat sizes and by making our hats to your head measurement it gives a more exact fit. As well we allow clients to switch hatbands between hat styles, and request different crown and brim dimensions.

And finally you get your name stenciled on the sweatband inside the hat.

Cowboy hat sweatband

Your name stenciled on the sweatband tells the World you have a custom hat!

Questions and quote requests please e-mail  


  • Beaver Fur Felt is dense and virtually waterproof. It consists of beaver and rabbit/hare fur blended with felt to produce a material that lasts 5-10 times longer than wool-felt. A fine Beaver and Beaver blend fur-felt hat can be re-blocked and shaped numerous times, and is the best material from which to manufacture cowboy hats.
  • As a general rule of thumb if a hat maker only describes their hat bodies as fur-felt, chances are it’s rabbit or Hare. Hat makers who use beaver fur-felt are proud of it and will state so. We sell 3 quality beaver blends of fine western hats – 5X, 20X and 100X. 5X is a blend of about 5% beaver with rabbit and felt. Our 20X is 50% beaver and our 100X is pure 100% beaver fur-felt. The rough hat bodies we use to make our cowboy hats are the best available and made in America.
  • GENERAL PRICING includes shipping in North America
    –     5X – 350.00      5% BEAVER HAT BODY
    –   20X – 480.00    50% BEAVER HAT BODY
    – 100X – 750.00  100% BEAVER HAT BODY
    – Prices for individual hat styles will vary
  • For an all weather hat you can’t beat a pure beaver cowboy hat. Light, stiff and fabulous looking it’ll shed whatever comes its way. And consider this: Beavers live in the water, rabbits in the dirt.

Made to Order. Made to Last. Made in America by the Cowboys of  The Last Best West


The major and 3 non-coms of USA USF-I J-3 wearing our 1898 Roughrider hat in a pecan color.

Jimi Hendrix musicians hat

Jimi Hendrix musicians hat

It has been our honor and pleasure to make our fine working hats for Peace Officers, State Troopers, Sheriffs, Marshals, Officers, Soldiers and Security Contractors.

So rest assured our Last Best Cowboy Hats will stand up to any and all rain, snow, and scorching sun you may have to put it through. We make working hats for working people, and our hats are dye fast and will not fail you when the going gets tough, and the weather turns from bad to worse.

And if you are looking for something to dazzle the masses, our hats are end of the line fine for that as well. For our clients we have duplicated everything from a Jimi Hendrix hat to an old west classic worn by Luke Short or Tom Horn. Our last best cowboy hats can be seen in (wax) museums, commercials, ad campaigns, and film. Read more on our in the news page

In 2012 we supplied a pure beaver hat for a door prize at a Super Bowl party held by Americans for the coalition troops in Afghanistan. By all accounts it was a great success! Hooo Raaa

From: Stanley Danny L CIV USSTRATCOM
Sent: April-16-14 2:21 PM
To: ‘Service at The Last Best West’ Subject:
RE: Hat (Pure Beaver Line Dancer)  has shipped

Sonja, Received the hat and love it. I do have a question though. How do I remove the hat band ribbon that is on it without damaging the hat? I also purchase a black leather hat band {Texas} and want to use it instead. Dan

Dan Stanley
Senior Technical Advisor USSTRATCOM Joint Exercise & Training Directorate

All our hatbands that ship with our hats are stitched in place, and are easily removed with a couple of snips. But the beauty of our line of hand-made hatbands is they simply slide over the existing satin ribbon and bow, to give a new and different look to your hat. One hat 2 looks!


Our Quigley Cowboy hat starts with an oversized hat body to get the extra wide brim.

Crown and Brim Measurements

We make hand-made custom cowboy hats so the crown and brim measurements are pretty much redundant. The hats you see online are our standard hats, which have specific crown heights and brim widths to maximize the look of that particular style or hat design.

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.

However the oversized brim can give you up to 50% more sun/bad weather protection, than a regular hat body.

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.

Cowboy Hats 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.


Cowboy Hat colors

Our Custom Cowboy Hat colors

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 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: Indoors, Outdoors, Sunny Day or Cloudy.









Order with confidence; all hat details are confirmed with Sonja within a BUSINESS day of your order being placed. Questions and quote requests please e-mail to service @ thelastbestwest .com/

Our standard delivery is 6-8 weeks for our hand made hats and 3-5 weeks for our cowboy leather

ORDERS CALL TOLL FREE: 1-866-207-1909. :: Overseas buyers please read this 



Trail Dust

Tristan Movie Hat

Medium trail dust as seen on our Tristan Hat from Legends of the Fall

Many cowboy hat customers have been requesting that we dirty up their new hats to make them look trail worn. Pictured is a dusty Tristan – our Tristan hat with a couple of years worth of soiling to give it that Buckaroo lived in look.

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 on our BOSS SPEARMAN, medium would be like the dusting on the TRISTAN, and heavy trail dust looks like our JOSEY WALES.

This is a similar process that costume designers apply to hats in the movies and TV. Looks authentic and your friends will swear you 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.

1898 Bow

The 1898 Bow – a classic cowboy hat bow style from the 19th century.

1898 Bow
This was the most 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.

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.

Q: I’m looking for a __Cowboy 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.

Answers to our other most common hat questions

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