Open Range Handmade Leather Chaps
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 Open Range 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
In 2012 we were honored to be asked to reproduce the hat (modified Curly Bill Custom Cowboy Hat), chaps (modified open range), and cartridge belt (our 3 inch), shown at 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