Trail Boss Coat
Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?
In the mid-to late 1800s, born from the original Spanish vaqueros, the American cowboy drove herds numbering in the millions along trails like the Western and Chisholm.
He came to personify the romantic hero of the time. A man whose life in the saddle was rife with adventure, danger, some colorful misdeeds, gunfights (not as many as you think), hard drinking (that’s true), and enough dust to offend a coal miner. Fording a river was a life-or-death endeavor. Hailstorms too. Stampedes? Your worst nightmare. On the trail, there was no shortage of pain, sickness, or ways to meet your maker. And if the trail didn’t kill you, the temptations of the town at trail’s end just might. Or at least take the money you’d earned risking your life from Albuquerque to Ogallala.
Barbed wire fencing, trains, regional stockyards, and a few harsh northern winters reduced the need for long cattle drives and in turn the cowboys who drove them. Dime Western authors and Hollywood screenwriters perpetuated the myth of the men who came to “see the elephant” and live a life of raucous adventure.
It’s a time of legends never to be repeated again.
Trail Boss Coat. The bulk of the responsibility is on you and your decisions in and out the saddle. No water? Find it. Half the herd missing? Good luck. Whether it was the trail, the ranch, or the factory of the early 1900s, the jacket was similar—tough, durable, a bona-fide workhorse. Coincidentally, it also happened to make you look like you had a 10-picture deal. 100% Bedford cord cotton spun on vintage Japanese looms. The Bedford cord weave, as you know, isn’t a true corduroy but has a similar appearance to a fine wale. Like most fustians, it’s ultra-tough. Ours is offered in a spring weight with double-needle stitching, front yoke with two patch pockets, zigzag stitch at center front placket, side welt hand pocket, and metal shank buttons with lattice design for a western feel. (No. 6618). Comes in Western Stone. Imported.
*Model is 6' 1" and is wearing a size 40 jacket.
- • 100% Bedford cord cotton
- • Two patch pockets
- • Zigzag stitch at center front placket
- • Side welt hand pocket
- • Metal shank buttons