How much did a good cowboy hat cost, and how long did it last?

Master Sgt. Howard Williams
Deer Park, Texas

The original Stetson hat sold for $5. During the heyday of the cowboy, from the 1860s-90s, a good beaver hat cost $10 to $30. How long these hats lasted depended on how much wear and tear they took—and how often they were out in the elements. The hats could last for several years if they were worn for dress only, but work hats had a shorter life.

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