Chaps continue to be essential work gear for cowboys. Leather chaps with large, loose side flaps are called "batwing" chaps and are the style most often seen at rodeos. While different regions of the country may have different styles, the main purpose for chaps is to protect cowboys' legs from the brush. These c. 1920 chaps have decorative nickel silver conchos and a distinctive patch--can you find the small heart?
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Clothing and dress
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