Old western hats

The heavy texture of the felt repels the blazing rays of the sun better than any helmet. There are no recorded cases of sun stroke on the range. The record might be different were straw hats or “derbys” substituted for the rational headgear which  for so long has been the accepted thing in the cowboy […]

Boss of the Plains

The straight-sided, round cornered, flat brimmed original Boss of the Plains design dominated for about twenty years. Most 19th-century photographs that show the hat don’t show an intentional crease at all. Most hats were kept open crown. However, through use, abuse, and customization by individual wearers, hats were modified from their original appearance. In particular, […]