The working cowboy wore wide-brimmed, high-crowned hats that were most likely adopted from the Mexican Vaqueros before the invention of the modern design.However, original cowboy hats originated in Northern Mexico and the Stetson hats came later. Credit for the American cowboy hat as it is known today is generally given to John Batterson Stetson.[
The original "Boss of the Plains", manufactured by Stetson in 1865, was flat-brimmed, had a straight sided crown, with rounded corners.These light-weight, waterproof hats, were natural in color, with four-inch crowns and brims.A plain hatband was fitted to adjust head size.The sweatband bore Stetson’s name.While only making one style of hat, they came in different qualities ranging from one-grade material at five dollars apiece to pure beaver felt hats for thirty dollars each.
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A good hat, a good horse, guts and a gun. These were the basic tools of the American cowboy. If any part of a cowboy's gear could be called a permanent fixture, it was his "Hat." The hat was simple. A little roll, a couple of dents here and there, and the hat took on the personality of the man who wore it.