The "duster" coat is named for its purpose: worn by horsemen to safeguard their clothes against dust kicked up by their trusty steeds. A light cotton duster was not meant to stop cold or wet weather, but a heavier canvas duster could provide warmth in cold mornings, block a bit of rain or sleet, and also protect riders' legs from scrapes and scratches while riding through thick brush.
More famously, dusters came to be known as the uniform of the Texas Rangers, and were featured in popular westerns such as The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. At the turn of the century, dusters became popular for the intrepid young adventurers who braved the roads in horseless carriages. Often fashioned from cotton canvas, this sturdy coat is easy to care for and features a high slit in the back to make it easy to wear while riding horseback.
We are pleased to offer a full selection of vintage western dusters, as well as long frock coats, and hope you will contact us if you have any additional questions.
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