This image depicts a classic item of cowboy gear – the so-called range coat. Coats such as these were specifically designed to keep one warm while on horseback and are today usually
confused with the light canvas “dusters” often seen in western films like “
The Long Riders”. He wears knee high stove pipe boots and under close examination his spur traps and
buckles are just visible. It must have been relatively cool outside when this photo was taken given the number of clothing layers he is wearing. Besides the afore mentioned range coat
he wears a vest, a heavy wool band collared tree button pull over shirt and what was possibly a bandanna worn around his neck under his shirt. His facial hair was a variation of the
“Imperial” style so-called because it was popularized by the French emperor Napoleon III during the 1860s and early 1870s. To my eyes this guy has more the look of an outlaw as
much as anything else.

1/6th Plate Tintype (Ferrotype)
Unknown Photographer
United States
c. 1880s