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.
In the early 19th century, Regency Tailcoats were worn by most gentlemen of substance. These tightly tailored coats with high collars were available in a host of colors beyond black and charcoal including navy, burgundy and green. These were paired with fancy double breasted vests, fitted fall front trousers and lavishly tied cravats.
By mid century, coats were full skirted and more loosely tailored Frock Coats with broad lapels. These remained popular throughout the American Civil War. This Prince Albert Frock Coat could be found in double or single breasted style with plain or contrast velvet collars with a shawl or notch lapel. Fabrics and accents included wool, satin, silk, brocade and velvet.
The tailcoat and other fitted coats did not disappear from fashion. Cutaway, Swallowtail or Morning Coats were seen on gentlemen and grooms across the country. The full tailcoat remained in use for formal evening events.
By the latter half of the nineteenth century, shorter coats became more popular, particularly for daywear. These were known as Sack Coats or Town Coats and began as shorter versions of the Frock Coat.
By the end of the nineteenth century and into the beginning of the 20th (twentieth) century, coats were again tightly tailored. Edwardian styles have distinctive narrow lapels and high button collars with simple bow ties and rounded banker collar shirts.
Other types of outerwear worn in the Regency, Victorian and Edwardian eras included the overcoat, the trench coat and the shorter car coat. Also, the greatcoat was a fitting choice for inclement weather because the attached cape deflected rain, sleet and snow off the wearerís shoulders. For milder weather, inspired by journeys south of the equator, safari coats made of light cotton duck and outfitted with cargo pockets became a popular pick for travelers.
We are delighted to offer this wide selection of fine 19th century gentlemanís coats and encourage you to visit our outfits page to see these garments as part of a complete ensemble. Please contact us if you have any additional questions.
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