Cowboy Clothes 1800s for Kids: Cowboy Clothes
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Authentic Cowboy Clothes: Description, History and Facts
Cowboy Hats: At first there was no standard cowboy hat - most wore old Civil War hats but second hand top hats and derbies were also a common sight until the custom-made cowboy hat called the Stetson was introduced.
Cowboy pants: Military uniforms were first used as pants or alternatively woolen trousers were worn as standard items of clothing. Blue jeans were not available to a cowboy in the mid-1800s. Levi Strauss introduced jeans to miners in 1868. The jeans were durable pants made of canvas with rivets to hold them together. The first jeans were died brown, not blue, and this type of clothing only became available to the cowboy in the mid 1870'sCowboy Shirts: Old Military shirts, or those purchased second hand from old soldiers or traders. Other shirts were always long sleeved and the winter clothing was made of fabrics such as wool, linsey-woolsey, cotton or hickory. The shirts used by cowboys included a striped ‘hickory’ shirt, or gingham shirt or a checked calico shirt in a variety of colors.
Cowboy Vests: The vests used by cowboys were a practical addition to his clothes. Riding on a horse made it difficult to reach into pants or trouser pockets. The vest was added with deep pockets that were easily accessible and prevented stuff from falling out.Cowboy Jackets: Heavy canvas jackets were added as protection against the weather and thorn and cactus spines for riding through desert terrains.
Cowboy Coats: Military great coats were put into use or knee-length coats made from sheepskin or wool. These items were added to the bedroll tied to the horse. Blanket coats, a long garment made of heavy brown canvas lined with flannel were also worn.Cowboy Raincoats: Raincoats used by cowboys were called 'Slickers' and were made of weather proof oilskin
Cowboy Underwear: Underwear worn by cowboys consisted of a flannel shirt and drawers but no undershirtThe Bandana: The bandana handkerchief, or scarf, was made of silk or cotton and tied around the neck in a hard knot at the front and could be lifted to cover mouth and nose from the dust, a common feature of the cattle drives. But there were also many other reasons that made the bandanna an important item of cowboy clothes. The bandana came in a variety of bright colors, but usually red, making the cowboy more visible in bad weather, they prevented sunburn and they were used to mop the sweat from the brow. Additional uses of the bandana were as washcloths and tourniquets.
Chaps: Chaps, or Chaparejos, were long leggings worn over pants for protection against thorns and cactus. The first type of chaps, called "Shotguns", were straight leather pants, flared at the bottom, that could be stepped into. The "Shotguns" were replaced by the batwing versions of chaps which were leather leggings without a seat, joined by a belt and often had flared outer flaps. Types of chaps varied according to the region they were worn. In the Southwest, chaps made of smooth leather whereas in the North they were made of wool or fur.Cowboy Boots: The boots used by cowboys were highly practical riding boots. The boots feature two inch high Cuban heels in order to rest the boots in the stirrups or to dig into the ground while roping a calf. Cowboy boots were not made for walking. The boot was designed the boot to allow for easy insertion and removal of the foot into the stirrup of the saddle, the toe was rounded and a bit narrowed to make it easier to insert. Pants were generally worn tucked into the boot to avoid snagging from thorns and cactus spines. A pair of mule ear flaps at the top of some boots helped with pulling them on. The stylish decorations of the boot were reminiscent of the highly decorative Spanish boots worn by the Vaqueros.
Cowboy Gloves: The horsemen of the Old West often wore riding gloves or mittens. They were made of the finest weather-proof buckskin to protect from the cold and rain. The gloves were usually tanned white and cut with a deep cuff or gauntlet, sometimes decorated with a fringeCowboy Gun Belt: The wide, heavy leather belt used by cowboys was not worn to hold up pants or trousers. The belt was designed to carry his gun holster. The belt was not buckled about his waist, it was worn loose and hung low on the hip. The belt had loops for about 50 cartridges and, with the gun, weighed several pounds.
Cowboy Gun: The most popular gun used by cowboys was the Colt Peace Maker (aka Colt 45), a deadly revolver capable of carrying six shots. It was a single action gun that required the shooter to cock the hammer before pulling the trigger to fire. The length of the gun barrel was eight inches and bullets were 45 caliber which could kill with one shot.
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