Classic Cowboy Hats

Classic Cowboy Hats The Last Best West

Classic Cowboy Hats

There is little doubt that the overall impression made by any hat is by the clothing worn with it, and even more importantly the person standing under it.

So why did the wearing of a good quality hat virtually stop in the 1970s?

There are a number of theories as to why this happened, but we have a different thought. Throughout human history the majority of people lived on farms, or ranches, and generally worked outside for part or all of a day. In all weather conditions. More heat loss occurs through the top of the head than any other spot on our body, making a good hat to retain warmth and protect you from the elements a necessity.

By the 1960s this rural population trend was reversed. Today something like sixty-five percent of North Americans live in a city or town. In the city people tend to work and live in climate controlled buildings.

Our need to stay warm and protect our face and eyes from the weather just does not have the same urgency it had a hundred and fifty years ago.


Authentic Designs from The Last Best West

Our custom hats are made the old fashioned way, by hand and one at a time. We start with the best fur-felt hat body available – made in the USA – and we will fashion as fine a custom hat as you can find.

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

Dodge City Cowboy Movie Hat

Dodge City Cowboy Movie Hat in long haired frontier fur-felt


The Dodge City shown is made with long hair Beaver fur-felt. Some call it SHAGGY and some call it GRIZZLY; we prefer the name FRONTIER fur-felt to describe it, as the hat is unsanded and would have been what the very first beaver fur-felt hats would have been like. All about hats and how we do it. :: Testimonials

You’ve likely seen this look before in a western movie. You can generally spot a long haired fur-felt in most of the westerns filmed in the 1930s and 40s. Errol Flynn wore it in several of his western movies. Click for more about our Dodge City Hat.

Has all the same characteristics as our fine, standard hat bodies – just a longer finish to the fur of the hat.

You can request Frontier Fur Felt for any of our hats. Just add it to the comment window on the order, or ask when your hat details are confirmed with Sonja, within a day of your purchase being made. No extra charge.

Destry Rides Again Movie HatDestry Rides Again

Classic Cowboy Movie from 1939

Destry Rides Again

Brian Donleavy plays a crooked businessman with the town of Bottleneck in his pocket. As a joke Donleavy has his corrupt Judge appoint the town drunk, Dimsdale, to be the new sheriff.

But little do the bad guys realize that Dimsdale used to work for Legendary Sheriff, Tom Destry. When Destry shows up, the town toughs are so impressed they call the new deputy Cup Cake.

1939 is often referred to as the Movies Greatest Year. Some other classic films from that year include: Gone with the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, Stagecoach, Wuthering Heights, Mr. Smith goes to Washington, and Dodge City.



Gary Cooper is one of our favorite old time movie stars, and once again he excels as everyman, Cole Hardin, in The Westerner

The Westerner 

Classic Cowboy Movie from 1940

Gary Cooper is one of our favorite old time movie stars, and once again he excels as every man, Cole Hardin, opposite Walter Brennan in The Westerner.

In the movie, Cole Hardin drifts into Vinergaroon, Texas and falls into the hands of self-appointed Hanging Judge, Roy Bean, played by Brennan. Hardin claims to have met Lilly Langtree, one of the most famous singers of the day, and whom the Judge idolizes.

This saves Cole from being hung, and the two men enter into an unlikely friendship that dovetails to the movie’s end. Shot in black and white, the movie moves at a good pace and is quite engaging. Cooper made a ton of great westerns, and is likely best remembered for his role in High Noon, with Grace Kelly.


Old West Performers Hats

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  • Jake Spoon Lonesome Dove Hat

    Jake Spoon Lonesome Dove Hat - our take on the Robert Urich hat style from the mini-series (1989) This is a big dang hat – befitting the self-centered character deftly played by Robert Urich. Everything is about Jake and this thoughtless, arrogant, gambler makes a bad choice and ends up riding with the wrong crew. We start with an over-sized hat body to make the Jake Spoon.
    • Crown: 6" inches 4 dent military
    • Brim: 4 3/4 inches Kettle curled/hand rolled with bound edge
    • Hatband: Matching 1" Satin Ribbon/Bow
    • Color: Sahara
    • hats ship in 6-8 weeks
    • Personalized with your name inside the crown
    • Hatband not sold separately
  • Young Jake Custom Hat


    Our take on the Young Jake Custom Handmade Hat from Comanche Moon.{2008}.

    We start with an over sized hat body to make the Young Jake hat style with its tall modified 4 dent military crown and a extra wide brim for great sun and weather protection. Walk around in your own shade with this big brimmed hat!
    • Crown 6 inches
    • Brim 4 3/4"
    • Crown: Modified Sagebrush
    • Hatband: 1" Satin Ribbon/Bow
    • Color shown: Bone
    • Brim: Kettle curl/handroll – Bound
    • Personalized with your name inside the crown
    • Hatband not sold separately
  • Hickok Old West Hat


    a historical reproduction of Wild Bill Hickok's hat 

    Hickok Old West Cowboy Hat. We start with an over sized hat body to make this classic western hat, with a short crown and wide pencil rolled brim. Brims worked different - but essentially the same hat worn by Wild Bill on HBOs Deadwood.
    • Crown: 4 1/2 inches Texas flat
    • Brim 4" Pencil rolled and Bound
    • Color: Black
    • Hatband: 1" inch Satin with Bow
    • Personalized with your name inside the crown

  • Augustus Custom Handmade Hat

    augustus custom handmade hat style from the classic mini-series, Lonesome Dove (1989) Loveable old Ranger Augustus McCrae is the scalawag that keeps the Hat Creek Cattle Company loose and is a great counter balance to the salty Woodrow Call.  This style of old west crown with it's 3 pinch cavalry creasing was first called the "Tom Mix" after the early movie star, and then became known as "The Gus" crease because of  Lonesome Dove. This is a great look for both men and women! 250_white_filials
    • CROWN: 6 inches
    • BRIM: 4"
    • Crown: Modified 3 pinch cavalry
    • Brim: Hand worked and rolled
    • Hatband: Custom 1/2" leather twist
    • Color shown: Sand
    • hats ship in 12-14 weeks
    • Personalized with your name inside the crown
  • Captain Call Handmade Hat

    A custom cowboy movie hat from Lonesome Dove (1989) Our take on the hat style worn by Tommy Lee Jones The Tommy Lee Jones cowboy hat from Lonesome Dove. The Captain Call Handmade Hat is like the character simple, unrefined, and basic. A classic Boss of the Plains with a heavy dip front and back on the bound brim.
    • Crown: 6 inches
    • Brim: 4"
    • Crown: Open - uncreased
    • Brim: Bound Hand shaped dipped front and back.
    • Hatband: 1" grosgrain ribbon with bow
    • Color shown: Black in 20X fur-felt
    • hats ship in 6-8 weeks.
    • Personalized with your name inside the crown
    • Hatband not sold separately
  • Samuel Jones Movie Hat

    Our version of the Samuel Jones Movie Hat - from The Missing The Samuel Jones Hat is the one worn by Tommy Lee Jones, as Samuel Jones, a  white man turned Apache, who returns to his estranged daughter in time to try and rescue his grand-daughter from slave traders. Like the character there is nothing fancy about this hat, a simple open crowned cowboy hat with a bit of a pencil roll.
    • BRIM: 4" 1/2" Pencil roll, with a gentle hand roll - Bound.
    • Color: Pecan
    • Hatband: Satin Ribbon with bow, with matching bound edge.
    • Personalized with your name inside the crown

  •   Masterson Single Action Holster 

    Classic Cross Draw Holster - Simple, elegant and functional

    Masterson Belt if you order the Rig is 1 1/2" - to accommodate belt loops on today's britches. We made sure it fits Levi's jeans, and when worn with a sport coat or longer coat, is the perfect holster for people with the conceal & carry permit. Holster works equally well as either a cross draw or strong hand draw style. If you'd like the cut out star concho on the holster, please request it in the production notes below. 250_white_filials
  • Johnny Ringo leather holster hand made by the last best west A classic Hollywood holster and gun belt- from Tombstone. {1993} This closed toe design is made for quick draws with it's trigger guard fully exposed from the holster. We're showing our Johnny Ringo in our classic old mahogany color .  Movie rig is black.
  • Curly Bill Movie Holster - a hand made leather holster from Tombstone. {1993} COLOR SHOWN: Deadwood Brown This close toed holster is a little fancier variation of our traditional 19th century Teddy Blue Holster. The Curly Bill Movie Holster has a fancier border and the look is toughened up with 10 spots per holster. The 2 rig set that Boothe wears as Curly Bill Brocius, in Tombstone, was patterned after the rig that the historical Curly Bill wore. 2 Cartridge belts, one worn backwards and two strong hand draw holsters.   To order the complete Curly Bill Movie Rig, with 2 holsters and 2 fully looped cartridge belts, add all 3 options below where it asks, Add a Matching Belt and/or Holster? This will save you 35 dollars for the complete 2 rig set. Total will be 905.00 plus shipping. Choose your Buckle Set, Leather Color and Belt Style

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