quality hand-made leather chaps and accessories from The Last Best West
Made to order. Made to last. Made in America.
Leather is an important material to cowboys
Leather Chaps – Leather wears hard, is like a second skin, and early cowboys soon learned how to work leather to make hardy leather garments to do their jobs better, protect their clothes and make their lives easier. The leather we use for our custom chaps and leather accessories is top quality, and will stand the test of time.
Chaps were an important innovation, allowing the cowboys to protect their pants and boots when riding through brush, or when a rope slammed against their leg from a misbehaving steer at the other end. Chaps will also keep your legs warm and help keep you dry on foul weather days.
Our quality hand made hats and leather are made to last and our chaps are no exception. Researched and designed by The Last Best West from archival photos, these chaps will give you the wear, look and protection you want and need. And you will look smart doing it. Order your pair today. Expect 3-5 week delivery in North America.
Our Leather Master has been working with leather, hide and fur for more than 30 years, and over his career has made close to a thousand pairs of chaps. For truly authentic, top-notch cowboy chaps and leather accessories you’ve come to the right place!
Made to order. Made to last.
Made in America by the cowboys at the last best west.
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.
Hello 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 gunbelt, 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
Theatre Programs’ Creative Director
Smithsonian National Museum of American History
Step in Shotgun Chaps
Open Range Handmade Leather Chaps – This style of chap with the 2 front pockets was likely the most common design worn by working cowboys of the 19th century, and up to modern times.
Back in the day chaps that had a narrow leg were called stove-pipe chaps, today they are likely to be refereed to as shotgun chaps.
The step in design has a leather gusset down the back of the leg that you step thru to put the chaps on. Enter your chap measurements in the appropriate boxes as you put your order together.
Directions for getting accurate chap measurements are located on a product tab, part way down each product page. We will e-mail you a production receipt to confirm once your order is placed.
LEATHER COVERED CANTEEN
Cloth wrapped canteen body for insulation, and then more insulation from the custom leather cover. Mouth piece and cap are plastic for hygienic reasons.
IMPORTANT: Any canteen liner can crack from freezing if left full, with the cap on tight. If you leave the canteen out in freezing weather; have 2/3rds or less fluid in it and leave the cap off. When water thaws it expands, and if you follow these 2 simple rules your canteen liner should not crack, should the water in it freeze.
ADD 45.00 DOLLARS IF YOU WANT YOUR INITIAL ADDED SURROUNDED BY BORDER EDGING. OR ORDER WITH OUR LAST BEST BRAND. Add your initial choice in the PRODUCTION NOTES box, as you put your order together.
Made to order. Made to last.
Made in America by the cowboys at the last best west.
Open Range Leather Chaps - a traditional step-in shotgun chap design from the last best west Our Leather Master has been working with leather, hide and fur for more than 30 years, and over his career has made close to a thousand pairs of chaps. For truly authentic, Handmade Leather Chaps and leather accessories you've come to the right place! The style of our Open Range Handmade Leather Chaps, with the 2 front pockets, was likely the most common design worn by working cowboys of the 19th century, and up to modern times. The step in design has a leather gusset down the back of the leg that you step through to put the chaps on. Enter your chap measurements in the appropriate boxes.
Wide-leg Fringed Shotgun Chaps - - With zipper or clip closure - made to order by the last best west These are excellent work chaps...we use heavy, oiled chap leather to produce these good looking, hard-wearing shotgun chaps. Similar to the chaps shown on the 1880s cowboy to the right; and if you'd like yours to have pockets; just ask. All details of your order are confirmed within 1 business day of your order being placed. We close them with a good heavy zipper, and we run fringe down the leg to hide the zipper from view. Available in light or mid-brown oiled leather.
Lightweight shotgun Leather Chaps, with zipper closure, hand made by the last best west. We use premium quality leather to make these fine looking fringed shotgun chaps, that are perfect for summer wear. Nickle conchos run the leg of the chaps, and 6 Lone star conchos on the belt add a little sizzle to the design. Shown in a women's model but can just as easily be made for a man. Available in Black or Brown.
Bat-wing Custom Leather Chaps - classic quality leather cowboy chaps from the last best westBeautifully crafted from tough and durable chap leather, our Bat-wing Custom Leather Chaps style of chaps afford great leg coverage on horseback. This design also provides more air circulation and is thus somewhat cooler for hot-weather wear. Enter your chap measurements in the appropriate boxes. Directions for getting accurate chap measurements are in the gallery and just below on a tab.
Custom Handmade Working Saddle - Expert workmanship and attention to detail makes this saddle show beautifully either in the arena or on the range. Please remember that something worth having takes time, and these are made one at a time by hand. So be patient please!
We started with the style of chaps worn by Clarke Gable in The Tall Men (1955) and worked our magic on them. Our Custom Handmade Leather Chaps have a zipper closure and are a shotgun, or stove pipe, design with fringe. The heavy leather belt in a deep rich brown, beautifully compliments the top quality pale sand color of the rough out leather that the chaps are made from. Made by Cowboys for Cowboys.
- Follow the Chart in the Gallery to get your accurate chap measurements
- Chaps will ship in 3-5 weeks
- Sand roughout leather with heavy leather chap belt in dark brown.
- Features one large pocket on the left thigh
- Also available in standard chap leather for the same price. (Request the change in the PRODUCTION NOTES section of the order form below.)
Leather Covered Canteen - Cloth wrapped canteen body for insulation, and then more insulation from the custom leather cover. Mouth piece and cap are plastic for hygienic reasons. For an extra 45 dollars we will put 2 initials on your leather covered canteen and surround it with border edging.
Custom Leather Wrist Cuffs - Hard working cowboys valued heavy leather cuffs for protecting their shirts, wrists and lower arm when working with cattle. When worn with a good pair of leather gloves, the cuffs perfectly protect a cowboys hands and wrists from rope burn, and the stiff cuffs act as a brace; preventing wrist sprains.
Rifle Butt Slides - Carry 5 extra 12 gauge rounds or up to 10 rounds .45Cal right on your rifle. Butt slide slips over the rifle and laces tight to the stock. Please specify left or right handed shot.
Magazine Belt Slide hand made in leather by the last best west Shown in Deadwood Brown Pack an extra 2 mags easily with this handsome magazine belt slide. Fits on almost any type of belt, and should be a must for anyone with a firearm that takes a magazine. Will fit belts up to 2 1/2 inches wide. Besides shipping, the only information you need to enter is color and make model and caliber of your firearm, so we know what size magazine to make for the belt slide.