Cowboy Clothing

The rifles from Top to bottom:

Winchester model of 1873, Colt Lightning model of 1885, and a Winchester model of 1892 all in 44-40-200 caliber. Both revolvers are a Colts Single Action Army model of 1873 in 44-40-200 caliber. The one on the left was made in the Colt custom shop in 2005, the other was regular shop  production made in 1899. In 1880 each one of these firearms  (except the 2005 SAA) cost in excess of $18. The nickel plated, fully engraved, ivory handled 2005 SAA cost $2400. Few people then (or today) could afford these firearms, especially cowboys who had to provide all their clothing and equipment (except the horse) on $20 to $30 dollars a month and they only worked about 8 months out of the year. Everything on this page is part of my personal collection.

        

A pair of angora wooly chaps like those on the left would cost a man a couple of months wages. They were more popular in the wet and cold climates. They would gather too much “junk” in the  Southwest desert country. They can stiill be had today for about $1200 -$1400. 

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A pair of heavy cowhide shotguns (or leggin’s) were preferred by most. They were little more than two tubes of leather ((similar to a double barreled shotgun) that were put on like a pair of pants. Chaps were a cowboys coveralls and took a terrible beating. A good, heavy pair would run about $15 or $20 bucks in the 1880s and around $300 to $400 today.

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A XXXX beaver Stetson, shotgun chaps with silver conchos, silver mounted spurs, ivory handled Colts SAA, and first class gun leather. This would have been one mighty high-ridin cowboy

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Published on November 10, 2011 at 11:31 am  Comments Off on Cowboy Clothing  
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