1950s band western shirts


These vintage western shirts were custom made for a country/western band in the 1950s.  All are made of a satin material, with red piping and pearl snaps.
White Yoke Black Body
Collar: 16″

Chest (pit to pit): 24″ (doubled = 48″)

Shoulder to shoulder: 18-1/2″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 27″
Length (base of collar to hem): 33-1/2″
Black Yoke White Body
Collar:  15-3/4″

Chest (pit to pit): 23″ (doubled = 46″)

Shoulder to shoulder 18-1/2″:
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 27-1/4″
Length (base of collar to hem): 31-1/4″
White Yoke Black Body
Collar: 15-1/4″

Chest (pit to pit): 26″ (doubled = 52″)

Shoulder to shoulder:17-3/4″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 27-1/2″
Length (base of collar to hem): 32″
White Yoke Black Body
Collar: No collar snap, 16″

Chest (pit to pit): 24″ (doubled = 48″)

Shoulder to shoulder: 18″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 27″
Length (base of collar to hem): 31-1/2″
Black Yoke White Body
Collar: 16″

Chest (pit to pit): 25″ (doubled = 50″)

Shoulder to shoulder: 18″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 27-1/2″
Length (base of collar to hem): 32-1/4″

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Ralph Lauren Country hunting Norfolk jacket

This jacket was made by Ralph Lauren. It draws its design influence heavily from hunting and outdoor garments of the 1900s-1920s, with its norfolk straps and full attached belt. It has a corduroy collar, ticket pocket, cuff straps, and button on throat latch as well as saddle bag pockets. This was made as part of the Ralph Lauren Country line. As an older piece of Ralph Lauren, this one lists the company as having been established in 1971 as opposed to the back-dated 1967 which newer Ralph Lauren garments do.

Chest (pit to pit): 25″ (doubled = 50″)
Shoulder to shoulder:22″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 23″
Length (base of collar to hem): 30″

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1960s Gross West Wear western jacket

This vintage western jacket was made in the 1960s by Gross westernwear for The West Wear, Billings, Montana. Is is a black and blue pattern, with western yokes front and back. It is half lined with a wild lining.

Chest (pit to pit): 22″
Shoulder to shoulder: 18″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 26″
Length (base of collar to hem): 31″

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H Bar C western suit

This vintage suit was made in the 1950s by H Bar C ranchwear. It is made of gray corded wool, with typical flashy western detailing: peak lapels, a three button front with leather buttons, a square cutaway, flapped patch pockets, scalloped pocket flaps, and bi-swing shoulders. The jacket’s cut is pure late ’40s early ’50s Bold Look, with exaggerated wide, padded shoulders and a nipped in waist. The pants have western pockets, fancy belt loops, a Conmar zipper, and pearl snapped back scalloped pockets.

Chest (pit to pit): 22-1/2″ (doubled = 45″)
Waist: 20″ (doubled = 40″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 20″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 26″
Length (base of collar to hem): 31″

Waist: 17″ (doubled = 34″)
Outseam: 43″
Inseam: 31-1/2″ (about 2-1/2″ to be let out)
Rise: 12-1/2″
Thigh: 13-1/2″ (doubled = 37″)
Knee: 12″ (doubled = 24″)
Cuff: 10″ (doubled = 20″)

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1950s H Bar C Ranchwear western jacket

This vintage western jacket was made in the 1950s by H Bar C Ranchwear. It it is made of striped wool and has peaked lapels, flapped patch pockets, fancy yokes front and back and a bi-swing action back. It is fully lined in octagon/paisley fabric. The union tag is the early 1949 variant, prior to the inclusion of the (R) symbol, which dates its manufacture between 1949 and 1962. The styling suggests a date of manufacture in the mid 1950s.

Chest (pit to pit): 21″ (doubled = 42″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 17″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 25-3/4″
Length (base of collar to hem): 31-1/2″

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Roper western shirt

This shirt is part of Ropers vintage line. It has a white body with a brown overlay on the front, with white, yellow and orange stitching and rhinestone accents, in the tradition of rodeo tailors of the 1940s-1960s.

Chest (pit to pit): 24″
Shoulder to Shoulder: 19″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 26″
Collar: 16″

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Cowboy Joe Las Vegas shirt

This vintage gabardine shirt was made in the early-mid 1950s by Cowboy Joe. It is their “Las Vegas” model. It is made of two tone gabardine, seafoam for the body, and green for the contrast. It has Rau-Klikit pearl snaps. The male side of the snap second from the top is missing. There are white piped “smile” pockets and fancy five-snap cuffs. The shoulders and collar are chainstitched with rainbow colored ribbon in abstracted flowers and plants. This is the same model of shirt worn by Elvis’s bass player, Bill Black and guitarist, Scotty Moore c. 1954. This example bears the marks of a lifetime of use, with stains and wear to the fabric.

Chest (pit to pit): 22-1/2″
Shoulder to Shoulder: 17″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 22-1/2″
Collar: 15″

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Country Western

Here’s another piece from the collection.
This suit was originally owned by a country/western performer named Robert Frost. Unfortunately I have been able to find out very little about him. The suit is a home-made job from the ’60s, in the style of the Nudie suits worn by Porter Wagoner. If anyone has any info on it, I’d love to hear from you.

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Gordon and Ferguson Field and Stream plaid western jacket

I saw one of these on Ira Gitlin at the Blob’s Park Buddy Holly tribute concert back in early February, and commented on what a cool jacket it was.  Somewhat weirdly, the next day I found a nearly identical jacket and snapped it up.  It’s funny how the world works.

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This vintage jacket was made in the 1950s by Gordon and Ferguson of St. Paul, MN under their Field and Stream label. It is a western style jacket, with peak lapels, buttoned saddlebag pockets, and a yoked back with bi-swing shoulders.

Chest: 22″
Shoulder to Shoulder: 18″
Shoulder to cuff: 24″






G.A. Dunn green fedora

This one is long since sold, but is an unusual example. You don’t see too many green felts, to begin with. This one has delicate ventilation holes, a light colored sweatband, and a fancy bow. It appears that at some point the hat was reversed, maybe to even out wear so as to avoid a hole at the pinch? The model is “The Polo”.