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.
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 Handmade Leather Chaps and leather accessories you’ve come to the right place!
History of Cowboy Leather
Working Cowboys from the 1880s; like Charley from Open Range lived in their chaps.
Leather is an important material to cowboys. It 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 Open Range Handmade Leather Chaps and leather accessories is top quality, and will stand the test of time.
The film, Open Range, is set in 1882. “Boss” Spearman (Duvall) is an open range cattleman, who, with hired hands Charley (Costner), Mose (Benrubi) and Button (Luna), is driving a herd cross country. Charley is a former soldier who fought in the Civil War and feels guilty over his past as a killer.
Boss sends Mose to the nearby town of Harmonville for supplies. The town is controlled by a ruthless Irish immigrant land baron, Denton Baxter (Gambon), who hates open-rangers. Mose is badly beaten and jailed by the marshal, Poole (Russo). The only friendly inhabitant is Percy (Jeter), a livery stable owner. Baxter and his thugs go after the herd of cattle and the fight is on. Charley’s Hat ~ Charley’s Rig
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
Shipping time is 3-5 weeks from the time the order is confirmed by you.
Note: No firearms or cartridges are included with our hand made leather products.
Choose from these leather colors:
ANTIQUE BROWN :: SADDLE TAN :: DEADWOOD BROWN :: OLD MAHOGANY :: BLACK
Last Best West Leather Colors
Custom Chap Measurements The fit of your custom chaps will only be as good as the measurements you supply us with.So please take due care. For accurate measurements you must have someone else measure you as you stand still and look straight ahead.
Very important that you have on a pair of britches and boots that you plan to wear under your chaps. Always a good idea to measure twice to confirm each measurement.
All details of your custom leather order are confirmed within
1 business day of your order being received.
Chaps that use buckles and straps will have some forgiveness; but step in chaps like our Open Range Style are designed to be form fitting – so for best results
be thorough with your measurements.
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