Darling Clementine Cowboy Hat
Our take on the Darling Clementine Cowboy Hat – This great looking hat is a cousin of the Open Range and a relation of the Wasey, and the Conagher. Smaller brimmed then the Open Range it’s also similar to the hat seen in The Man who shot Liberty Valance.
This acclaimed John Ford western from 1949 starts off in the middle of a long cattle drive, where Wyatt Earp (Henry Fonda) and his brothers decide to take a night off the trail, and head into the nearby town of Tombstone.
Henry Fonda as Wyatt Earp, in My Darling Clementine
When they head back to their camp the next day they find their cattle stolen, and one of the brothers is dead. Wyatt suspects the Clanton family, owners of the O.K. Corral, but before doing anything rash decides to run for sheriff, thereby making his revenge legal.
Naturally Wyatt wins the election and becomes sheriff of Tombstone and starts an unlikely friendship with an alcoholic gambler, Doc Holiday (Victor Mature). Earp also takes a liking to Holiday’s former girlfriend, Clementine (Cathy Downs).
My Darling Clementine, is one of the most disappointing films to anyone that knows the story of Wyatt Earp, the Clantons, and their time in Tombstone. And this is made even more sad because it is one of John Ford’s most celebrated movies, and he knew the true story of the Ok Corral and the Earp Clanton feud. But Fords depiction of these historical events is complete bunk.
- The Earp’s were never cowboys, never herded cattle.
- Didn’t arrive in Tombstone with a herd of cattle, let alone have them stolen.
- Old Man Clanton was 6 month’s dead before the Earp’s ever set foot in Tombstone
- The Clanton’s never owned the OK Corral
- Wyatt was never Sheriff of Tombstone, that was his brother Virgil.
- The casting of healthy, stocky, olive skinned Victor Mature, as the slightly built, pasty skinned dentist dying of tuberculosis, Doc Holiday, maybe the worst casting of a historical figure ever. Doesn’t even have a mustache!
- You almost get the feeling that John Ford thought he was bigger than history, could re-write it any which way he wanted. John Ford met the historical Wyatt Earp, when he was a young man in the early days of Hollywood, and Earp told him exactly how the gunfight at the OK Corral went down. Fords’ staging of the iconic gunfight at the Ok Corral is about as far removed from the reality of that day as you could get.
But great hats as always in these old westerns, and our Darling Clementine cowboy hat is one of them!
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Our Beaver Fur Felt Hat Bodies
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 gold standard from which to manufacture fine working 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 it is hard beat a pure beaver cowboy hat. Light, stiff and fabulous looking it’ll shed what ever comes its way. And consider this: Beavers and minks live in the water, rabbits in the dirt.
- STANDARD HAT BODIES
– 5X – 345.00 5% BEAVER HAT BODY
– 20X – 485.00 50% BEAVER HAT BODY
– 100X – 775.00 Pure BEAVER HAT BODY |
prices for individual hat styles will vary
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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.
NOTE: 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.
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
We often get asked if we can make an EXACT replica of a particular hat. The answer is no. Realistically no one can. Our quality hats are made, formed, shaped by hand, not a machine. When anything is made by hand there are bound to be slight variations. Not even the original master hatter could make one EXACTLY the same. We make our version of that hat.
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, shirt or ring 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 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.
If you wish to confirm your hat size by measuring your head
You’ll need a friend, and a soft tape measure to measure with. You know – the type the fella uses to measure your trouser inseam.
Look straight ahead and have your helper measure your head. Using the soft tape – they should measure over your hair, just above your ears, and a half inch above your eye brows.
Make sure the tape is slightly slack – but not loose. You should be able to feel the tape but it should not be tight – or the fit will be as well! Measure twice – to be sure. BUT ONCE AGAIN NEVER MEASURE TIGHT.
Match your head measurement to the closest corresponding hat size and enter it in the production notes section of the order.
WHEN YOU GET YOUR HAT
Your hat comes with a couple of felt stays that slide up under the sweat band should the hat be slightly loose. They act as a shim. And should the hat be a touch snug the hat stretcher that comes with it will solve that. And if worse comes to worse, we will get the hat back and re-block it to the right size. We make sure that all clients get a hat that fits.
What does custom mean?
We allow clients to switch hatbands between hat styles, and request different crown and brim dimensions. As well you get your name stenciled on the sweatband inside the hat. Your name stenciled on the sweatband tells the World you have a custom hat!
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