- Aug 5, 2009
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- Duke City
I've done reenacting/living history since I was in my 30s, you have to know your shit to do historical first person interpretation with many museums and the National Park Service.Holy shit!!! You're really into this stuff!Roughly the same period. Already have a persona (history) worked out. Civil War with Syke's Regulars, V Corps, rising to the rank of Major, a year afterwards out west fighting Indians before resigning my commission to hunt buffalo. Back to scouting for the Army in the southwest then working as a railroad boss laying track from Galveston up to San Antonio and now have a freight company out of San Antonio supplying the Army in El Paso.
As for weapons I have a double barrel muzzleloading shotgun, an 1860 Calvary model Colt revolver, an 1859 Remington Revolver and I'm hoping to pick up an 1859 Sharps conversion to 52-70 (one of the favorite buffalo guns of the time).
If you look carefully you'll notice the gun belt he's wearing is not the gun belts you see in Hollywood movies, those weren't invented until the 1930s (I think). Basically it's a wide leather belt with an early slim holster that has a belt loop on the back, The other belt (on top) is simply a cartridge belt.
I think the American west is one of the most fascinating times in our history.
While there may be more important times in our nations history nothing compares to the mystique of the west.
Notice the boots, pretty typical and I'm not 100% sure but the footware Ed Harris may be wearing are a form of Brogan low top shoes, one of the most common forms of footware worn during that period.
Modern cowboy hats are just that, modern, modern cowboy boots are just that, modern. The original cowboy boot was made in 1875 by Hyer in Kansas to the specifications of a cowboy who wanted a better boot than what was then available. He requested the toe be pointed as to allow easy access into and out of the stirrups, a high slanted heel so his feet wouldn't slide forward through the stirrups and high scalloped sides the make it easier to get the boots on. He went back to Colorado and showed off his boots, word quickly got around and cowboys everywhere (who could afford it) started having similar boots made. Most of those boots were knee high and had a standard top with "mule ears" on ether side to make the boot easy to pull on, the stitching we see in cowboy boots today came about around the turn of the century (1900) and it was done to stiffen the boot shaft so it wouldn't sag over time.
The boots I'm wearing were invented in the 1870s, we call them "Preacher Boots" though I can find no documentation as to why.
You can't tell from the picture but the toe is squared off. They come up to just below the knee.