The Last Best Western Store
In the 1880s more than 50 % of North America lived on farms and ranches. It was therefore a necessity to be a jack-of-all-trades, and to be successful all the small towns that supported the farms and ranches of each area needed three important businesses.
A Blacksmith, a Saddle Maker and a General Merchandise Store were important to the survival and prosperity of each town. If the outfitter didn't have the hat you wanted, chances were he had a catalog where you could order your prized western hat.
And being skilled workers with leather, most town saddle makers were commissioned to make cowboy leather, and a cottage industry thrived in the 19th and early decades of the 20th century.
Thanks to the Internet those days have returned. Why bother with cheap and inferior mass produced cowboy gear made overseas, when for a few extra bucks you can have quality custom cowboy hats and leather work made by cowboys.
Made to Order. Made to Last. Made in America
Our leather master is an expert carver, so with that in mind we are excited to offer the Ben Wade Rig from that excellent western from 2007 with Russell Crowe, The 3:10 to Yuma. This holster and gun belt has a custom two-tone dye combination and is as functional as it is beautiful!
What does custom mean?
Many people are between hat sizes and by making our hats to your head measurement it gives a more exact fit. As well we allow clients to switch hatbands and request different crown and brim dimensions. And finally you get your name stenciled on the sweatband inside the hat.
We make our Hand Made Holsters, belts and Indian Rifle Sheaths to fit your firearms. We offer custom fit on our holsters for almost any pistol, and make our gun and cartridge belts to your waist and cartridge size. Enter your info in the comments box during checkout.
Our hand-made hats and custom leather are made to order and to last!
In person the cowboys were mostly medium-sized men... quick and wiry, and as a rule very good-natured; in fact, it did not pay to be anything else. In character, their like never was or will be again. - Teddy Blue Abbott; 1882
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It's the last thing you take off, and the first thing that's noticed!
Ships in: 6-8 weeks
Our custom western hats are made the old west way - one at a time, starting with the best fur-felt hat body available - made in the USA - and fashion as fine a custom western hat as you can find anywhere. The Last Best Cowboy Hat. One of a kind Fur-Felt Art.
Purchase one of our fine beaver/blend hats and you will receive the same quality and workmanship that is worn by more than a dozen of the world’s premier rodeo cowboy’s riding today. Production Companies, Politicians, National Security Advisors, Musicians, Writers, Cartoonists, Artists, Athletes, Soldiers, and lots of every day folk love our hats, and we hope you will as well.
Made to order. Made to last. Made in America by the Cowboys at The Last Best West
Ships in 3-5 weeks
Hand-made holsters, belts, sheaths, chaps and leather accessories.
Back in the 1880s cowboys earned a dollar a day if they were good, and the luxury of a gun belt and holster or some other fine leather work might often be determined by their own abilities as a leather worker.
People were much more self-sufficient then, and you couldn't always ride to town and get what you wanted or needed. So you made it - or paid a neighbor who was skilled to do it. Or you bartered your services for his. We try to stay as true to the old west makers as we can, and have incorporated what we found works over years of wear and use.
Hand-made adjustable leather hatbands with conchos or stamped design
Ships within 5 days
If your old hat has a a grosgrain ribbon and bow, our hatbands are designed to just slide over top.
This gives you a second unique look to your hat, just like the old time cowboys used to do, and easily slides off, allowing for use on other hats. Clever and functional and you will definitely stand out from the herd with your Last Best West Hatband!
Ships within 48 hours
Our Old West Posters were one of the first on the web back in 2001. Our poster paper is heavy duty stock, special ordered by the ream, and is the closest we have found to actual parchment paper that would have been used in the 19th century.
It's heavy weight and won't get torn or blown off the hitching post!
We don't stain it (reducing it's life) all our aging is done with graphics - making them crisp and clear. Posters are all ~ 11 x 17 inches and are shipped flat.
Old West Agent, Sheriff, Marshal, and Ranger Badges
Ships within 48 hours
in the Old West of the last part of the 19th century a Ranger, Marshal, Sheriff, or Agent Badge was a much sought after office. With the badge went the job, and if you had the stomach to enforce the law - it was a fairly good paying job compared to many on the western frontier.
We've got a collection of over 40 badges that are exact replicas of the very same badges made famous by the Earp Brothers, Wild Bill Hickok, Pat Garrett and many other lesser known individuals. And now you can have one too.
If a cowboy hat is a regular part of your attire, and you think that black jeans are dress pants, then you are going to want to read The Last Best West. Set in 1896 amidst the chaos of the Klondike Gold Rush, this western adventure tells the story of a lifelong grudge between Wasey Bruce and Poke Roberts.
Their hatred travels the breadth of the North American West, and sets the men on different paths for the gold fields of the Klondike River, in the wilds of the Yukon Territories.
Two thousand miles of adventure are between the men and the Klondike and each will have their mettle tested before they arrive by different paths in Dawson City, where millionaires are a dime a dozen and horses are as rare as a pretty woman. $6.99 at Amazon
The Last Best Western Store
General Shipping Standards for normal North America delivery
CUSTOM HATS 6-8 WEEKS AFTER ORDER CONFIRMED
CUSTOM LEATHER 3-5 WEEKS AFTER ORDER CONFIRMED
COWBOY HAT BANDS SHIPS WITHIN 5 DAYS
POSTERS/BADGES WITHIN 48 HOURS
ORDERS CALL TOLL FREE: 1-866-207-1909
We are always here to help, but not always at the very second you call. Please leave a detailed message and we will return it!
ORDER DESK HOURS: MONDAY - FRIDAY: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Eastern
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