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‘Buckaroo’ by Big Smith. 1950s

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I acquired this garment a full year ago now, passed on by an un-wanted hand for its ‘western’ style façade.  It’s my pride and joy (not only for the amount I paid) but for the exact reason it was dispensed into my very own collection.

It signifies the great ‘Wild West’, the land of opportunity.  Workers that spent day and night on cracked soil often building barns before their very own houses and ranchers that would travel the long haul with only the moon to sleep under.  It demonstrates the real fight for their dependency for livelihood.  Big Smith established in 1930 and ‘Buckaroo’ a subsidiary label was introduced post Second World War.  Heavy single stitched denim, its pleated front and lemon stitching throughout and its lower two drop pockets commonly found on denim of its era but its brass snap buttons imprinted ‘Big Smith’…

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