Cowboy Movie Hats

Cowboy Movie Hats

Cowboy Movie Hats

The Last Best West Product Index

Old Fashion Quality from the Last Best West

You won’t find these western hats at your nearest mall. Many of the brim shapes or crowns may look familiar, may even be the same, but they are poor imitations, cookie-cutter designs; mass produced and available virtually anywhere.

Don’t follow the herd – strike out on your own with a classic custom western hat from The Last Best West. We take our western heritage seriously and work hard at preserving the qualities that made it great.

Our hats are made the old west way – one at a time – and we believe if you want that perfect western movie hat you should be able to get the same looking hat that the character wore.

We start with the best fur-felt hat body available – made in the USA – and fashion as fine a custom western hat as you can find.

Mini-Series and Cowboy Movie Hats

The epic mini series was arguably the most dominant form of story telling in the 1980s, when Network TV ruled the air waves. People were more than willing to watch 6-8 hours of television, spread out over 3-4 nights. 

Robert Duvall as Augustus McCrae

The production values for the mini-series were just as impressive as those of feature films, the Networks got great ratings (mostly) and sponsors had millions of viewers for their products. This may be the only reason that Lonesome Dove has never been acclaimed as the greatest western ever filmed.

The Lonesome Dove story is a bittersweet one, told over almost 400 minutes, allowing great character development for all the diverse story lines that eventually converge. The Best of the Best!


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.

Nat love

Smithsonian ReenactmentHello 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 gun belt, 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
Theater Programs’ Creative Director
Smithsonian National Museum of American History


Open Range

Kevin Costner’s cowboy movie, Open Range, has a different premise than many westerns of this type. In the old westerns, range wars erupted when farmers attempted to put up barb wire across open range.

In this movie Boss Spearman, Charley Waite and their 2 man crew are moving their herd of cattle across community range, and are denigrated as Free Grazers by the local cattle magnate. Denton Baxter proceeds to try to steal their herd, and picks a fight with the cattlemen played by Costner and Robert Duvall.

Bad move.

Turns out Charley Waite is a reformed gun hand fighting PTSD, with some psychological issues from his days as a hired pistol fighter. The final gunfight scenes are some of the best ever staged and one of the movie’s highlights.250_white_filials

3 inch cartridge belt

The 2008 movie by Ed Harris; Appaloosa, is a fine movie with a different look at the western story. Highly entertaining, the restrained performance by Harris underscores the unwavering nature of Virgil Cole’s’ will. There are no gray areas in life, to Virgil Cole, and he approaches his role as Town Sheriff in this manner.

The story is told from Everett Hitch’s perspective, and not long into the movie, Everett appears to be the brains of the outfit. The movie also gives a powerful portrayal of how strong friendship can be, with Virgil and Everett supporting each other, in all situations.

When the woman he loves tell’s Virgil that Everett lied, Virgil doesn’t even wait for Everett to respond, before he tells her in no uncertain terms, “No he didn’t.” The movie has one of the better western endings, with Everett taking out the only impediment to Virgil’s happiness and security, then quietly rides out of town and into the sunset.

  • 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
  • There Will Be Blood Hat

    Our version of the Daniel Plainview hat - There Will be Blood Hat We show our Daniel Plainview Hat with a contrasting hat band and bound edge; Movie Hat is a Pecan color with a matching Satin Ribbon and Bow  and bound edge. If you wish a different color hat band and bound edge please enter it in the PRODUCTION NOTES section as you build your hat below. Similar crown styles Wasey, Byron McCelroy, Conagher 250_white_filials
    • Crown 5 inches
    • Brim: 3"
    • Hatband: 1 1/2" grosgrain ribbon and bow.
    • Crown: modified Sagebrush
    • Brim: pencil rolled with a slight hand roll
    • Color Shown: natural with a chocolate brown ribbon, bow, and bound edge.
    • Musician Favorite

  • A classic quick draw holster hand made for a schofield by the last best west This closed toe holster can be used for any single action pistol, we are calling it the schofield because it just sounds good! Shown in our signature color deadwood brown, the scallop border has a darker highlight stain, to make it pop off the leather.
  • a Tom Threepersons styled leather holster for a polymer 1911 semi-automatic side arm, hand-made by the last best west  This style will be of interest to anyone with a carry permit, Soldiers, Contractors, State Troopers, Game Wardens, Fish and Wildlife Officers, or any other professionals who carry semi-autos in rough terrain, or difficult situations. Want a secure leather holster for your  revolver? Click here for our Trooper Leather Holster

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