Our take on the Conagher Cowboy Hat
One of our all time favorite westerns ever – Conagher (1991) as portrayed by Sam Elliott captures perfectly the spirit of an honorable old west wrangler. And as a visitor recently reminded us – this Louis L’Amour character carried a Schofield in his holster.
Everyone’s favorite cowboy, Sam Elliot, plays Conn Conagher, a hard working cowboy just looking to do his job and mind his own business, in this classic western story by author Louis L’Amour. The supporting cast is dang impressive with many of the best cowboy character actors of the day either helping or opposing Conagher in this 1991 film.
Set in the late 1800s the story starts off with a pioneer family arriving at the homestead the father has prepared for them. Once settled on the land, the husband sets off on his own to travel to a cattle centre and buy the starts of a herd.
On the trail just a day or so, the cattleman’s horse loses its footing while going down a dry gulch, and the man dies from the fall, without his family ever knowing. Within a few months Evie (Katherine Ross) and the two youngsters have turned their homestead into a stagecoach way station, and all the cowboys in the area have taken notice of the pretty woman on her own.
Conagher rides in with a string of ponies for the stagecoach station and the attaraction between the lean cowboy and the lonely woman is immediate. Over the next year Conn moves around working a few ranches in the area keeping tabs on the family and trying to stay ahead of the wide spread rustling in the area. The complications of doing his job and Conn’s moral standards are powerful story lines in this well made film.
Seaborn Tay (Ken Curtis): I don’t know you, cowboy, and you don’t know me, but if you got any ideas about bucking trouble, I’m afraid you’re going to have to go it alone.
Conn Conagher: You want to help me?
Seaborn Tay : Well, I’m up into my 70s, boy. And I got a bum ticker to boot. I was kind of hoping to just live out my days and not die out on some sandy slope with lead in my guts. If they get me out on that range, they’ll kill me for sure and then just take my cattle as they please… with nobody to stop ’em.
Conn: What if they come after you?
Seaborn Tay: If they come after me, I damn sure will fight.
Conn: You better keep a rifle handy.
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Our Beaver Fur Felt Hat Bodies
All our hats are made with beaver fur felt which is dense and virtually waterproof. It consists of beaver and/or 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 body holds its shape wonderfully and is the best material from which to manufacture hats.
As a general rule of thumb if a hat maker just 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.
In theory the higher the beaver content the higher the X factor – but unfortunately there is no standard within the hat making fraternity – and a lot of confusion. On the Internet few hat sellers tell you what their fur-felt is comprised of – and even seen straw hats promoted as 100X. The rough beaver hat bodies we use to make our cowboy hats are the best available and made in America.
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.
- 20X is 50% beaver blend
- 100X is pure 100% beaver fur felt
For an all weather hat you can’t beat a pure beaver cowboy hat. Light, stiff and fabulous looking it’ll shed what ever comes its way. And consider this: Beavers live in the water, rabbits in the dirt.
- 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
Frontier or long haired fur-felt. The more rabbit or hare in the hat body the longer the fur felt will be. 5x will be the longest and 100x the shortest.
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FRONTIER FUR FELT
The Dodge City is shown in long hair Beaver fur-felt. Some call it SHAGGY some call it GRIZZLY, we prefer the name FRONTIER fur-felt to describe it, as this is what the very first beaver fur-felt would have been like.
Not as long as Buffalo Bill Cody’s hat seen here, but longer than today’s standard hat bodies.
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 movie’s like Dodge City.
FRONTIER FUR FELT 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, simply by entering the request in the PRODUCTION NOTES.
Crown and Brim Measurements
The first steps in the crafting of a fine custom cowboy hat.
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.
If you wish a different crown height or brim width, or if you want to tell us anything else about the making of your hat, just enter it into the PRODUCTION NOTES as you put together your hat order.
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.
Some hat styles 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.
A Note about Color
Color variances caused by individual computer monitors is beyond our control.
Light colors will reflect heat the best – while dark colors will retain the 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.
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.
For the first 15-20 years cowboy hats were marketed – your choice of color was black and about 3 shades of brown.
Starting with the lightest and going to the darkest, here’s our colors
- BONE dirty white, the color of a bleached bone
- SILVER MIST very pale gray
- SILVER BELLY another pastel color this is a grayee-brown
- SAND a very pale yellow. Beach sand color
- GRANITE a light to medium light gray
- CHARCOAL a dark gray
- BLACK CHERRY has an apple red undertone. Only noticeable in bright light
- BLACK the most popular hat color
- SAHARA mid brown a shade lighter than natural
- NATURAL rich mid brown the color of a beaver pelt
- PECAN A browny-green. KHAKI
- RUST a dark browny-red, the deep color of a rusty metal pipe
- BUCKSKIN a bright yellowy brown
- WHISKEY dark amber like a shot of whiskey
- MOSS GREEN a dark rich green
- CHOCOLATE a dark brown
- NAVY BLUE dark blue
True Old West Hats
Order your hat in 100X undyed, pure beaver fur-felt, and be one of the first to hearken back to an era in hat making a hundred and forty years ago. The first cowboy hats were made from 100% beaver fur-felt, natural and undyed, and unless the cowboy lost it or had it stolen – the hat lasted a lifetime. For an all weather hat – nothing beats a traditional western hat made from pure beaver fur – it’s what old west cowboys wore.
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You should know your hat size – just like you know your shoe size, pant or shirt size.
If you are new to wearing sized hats it is always a good idea to visit your nearest mall and try on a few. That way you know the fit and what your size is.
- Most hat sizes have only 3/8th of an inch difference between them, so just a 1/4 inch makes a big difference in the fit of a sized / fitted hat.
- If you are a hat person, order your usual North American hat size. Our sizing is the same. The chart at right gives our standard hat sizing and the corresponding European sizes.
- If you own a good hat, and can’t remember the size, turn the sweatband down and look at the underside. Most good hat makers will write key info on the back, including the hat size.
- If you only know your hat size in cm, find the corresponding hat size at right to order, then add your size in cm to the production notes as you put your hat order together.
We are making a hand made Custom Old West, or Western Movie Hat for you. You will keep it. 99% of orders everything will go smooth. In the odd situation where it doesn’t – we will make you happy, and get it right 100% of the time.
Our Most Common Hat Question
Q: I’m looking for a ____ Hat. I checked your product catalog and didn’t see it. Can you make it?
A: In most cases, yes. 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. We can do up to a 6″ (inch) high crown and a 5″ wide brim. click for the rest of our hat facts
ALL HAT ORDERS SHIP WITH A WOODEN HAT STRETCHER A $25 DOLLAR VALUE.
NEW HAT PURCHASES ONLY
We recommend all customers who OWN a good hat, get a hat stretcher. It Is a small cost for a tool that will help keep ALL your hats fitting properly. As well, if you only wear your hat seldom; or have a number of hats you wear, you will find our wooden hat stretcher a valuable addition to maintaining the perfect shape of your custom cowboy hat. ~ Order a Hat Stretcher
Like all hat and leather products, our hat stands and hat stretchers are made in America.