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Rg Armstrong Famous Hollywood Star's Vintage Cowboy Western Leather Chaps W/pics For Sale
RG Armstrong Famous Hollywood Star's Vintage Cowboy Western Leather Chaps w/pics
Please supersize and examine photos closely above. They are being used to describe this item and it's condition. I took most of the pictures in bright sunlight, but there are two indoors with a flash to hoefully give you the best look at these wonderful is your chance to own a piece of Hollywood History. This sale is for R. G. Armstrong's, one of the most recognizable Western cowboy character actors, personal chaps. See below to read all about this famous Hollywood Cowboy star from the 1950s through 1970s. These were his favorite chaps and were used in various Western movies. I have two pictures of R.G. Armstrong actually wearing these chaps in an offset photograph, these photographs are included with this sale. These chaps were purchased at a recent sale in Southern California of R.G. Armstrong's personal memorabilia and other estate items.
This pair of batwing brown leather cowboy chaps are marked "Bennett Buffalo Wyo". These chaps should be in a museum, but here they are an available for purchase and ready to hang in your "western show room." These are a very heavy (almost 6.5 pounds) and well-made pair of chaps. They have a handmade brass design on wings and slotted nickel Conchos which add an exceptional and unique look, then add to that the various aged tones and coloring of the leather that makes this pair of chaps outstanding. These chaps are from around the 1950s.
Thechaps measure approximately 32 inches from the buckle to the closest holeon the belt, and 53 inches to the furthest hole on the belt. The belt does show age and cracking, particularly where they were used the most, but it is still soft and pliable. The chaps measure approximately 40 inches from the top of the belt to the bottom of the chap, and about18 1/2inches wide at the bottom of the clasped chap, and then opened and spread flat each chap measure at the widest point 33".
History of R. G. Armstrong:
All of the following information was taken from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
"Robert Golden Armstrong, Jr., known asR. G. Armstrong(April 7, 1917 – July 27, 2012), was an American actor and playwright. A veterancharacter actorwho appeared in dozens ofWesternsover the course of his 40-year career, he may be best remembered for his work with directorSam Peckinpah.
Armstrong was born inPleasant Grove,Alabama, and was reared on a small farm nearBirmingham.He came from a family ofreligious fundamentalists, and his mother wanted him to be apastor. Armstrong initially enrolled atHoward College, nowSamford UniversityinHomewood, Alabama, where he became interested in acting, and then transferred to theUniversity of North CarolinaatChapel Hill,North Carolina. While there, along with classmateAndy Griffith, he began acting on stage with the Carolina Playmakers. Upon graduating, he attended theActors Studio.
Armstrong quickly launched a career onBroadway. He won considerable acclaim for his role inCat on a Hot Tin Roof. He also began writing his own plays, which were performed off-Broadway.
Armstrong's first film appearance was in the 1954 filmGarden of Eden. However, it was television where he first earned a name for himself. He guest-starred in virtually every TV Western produced in the 1950s and 1960s, including:Have Gun - Will Travel,The Californians,Jefferson Drum,The Tall Man,The Big Valley,The Rifleman,Zane Grey Theater,Wanted: Dead or Alive,The Fletcher's character's father in the episode which drew the series' largest single viewership,"The Saga of Waco Train.
Armstrong also appeared onThe Twilight Zone, in the episode "Nothing in the Dark" along with a youngRobert Redford,Alfred Hitchcock Presents,The Everglades,The Andy Griffith Show,The Fugitive,Perry Mason,Daniel Boone,T.H.E. Cat, Hawaii Five-O,Starsky and Hutch,The Dukes of Hazzard, andDynasty. Armstrong had a recurring role in the second season ofMillenniumas a reclusive visionary known only as the Old Man. In the late 1980s, he played the demonic "Uncle Lewis Vendredi" in the Canadian horror seriesFriday the 13th: The Series.
While working onThe Westerner, Armstrong made the acquaintance of up-and-coming writer/directorSam Peckinpah. The two immediately struck up a friendship. Peckinpah recognized Armstrong's inner turmoil regarding the religious beliefs of his family and utilized that to brilliant effect in his films. Armstrong would almost always play a slightly unhinged fundamentalist Christian in Peckinpah's films, usually wielding a Bible in one hand and a shotgun in the other. This character archetype appeared inRide the High Country(1962), Major Dundee(1965), and, perhaps most memorably, inPat Garrett and Billy the Kid(1973). However, Armstrong also appeared inThe Ballad of Cable Hogue(1970), playing a more likeable character.
Even outside of Peckinpah's work, however, Armstrong became a tier-one character actor in his own right, appearing in dozens of films over his career, playing both villains and sympathetic characters. Some of his more memorable roles outside of Peckinpah's films include a sympathetic rancher inEl Dorado(1966), Cap'n Dan inThe Great White Hope(1970), outlawClell MillerinThe Great Northfield Minnesota Raid(1972), a bumbling outlaw inMy Name is Nobody(1973),Race with the Devil(1975), as well asChildren of the Corn(1984), Red Headed Stranger (1986) with Willie Nelson and as the General inPredator(1987). He appeared in several ofWarren Beatty's films, includingHeaven Can and asPrunefaceinDick Tracy(1990).
Despite being typecast as gruff and violent characters throughout his career, Armstrong is well known for having had a warm and affable personality off screen. He semi-retired from films and television in the late 1990s, but continued to be active in off-Broadway theater in New York and Los Angeles, until finally retiring from acting in 2005 because of near-blindness due to cataracts."
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On Feb-22-13 at 10:50:59 PST, seller added the following information:
I had a viewer ask for more details about the condition of these chaps and the answer I gave I thought was importantenoughthat I should update my listing, but it is also given below in my response to his direct inquiry. I have dealt with many antiques over the years and I scrutinized these chaps very closely. I do not see anything that looks out of place or perhaps non-original. Everything looks correct and is aged equally with everything else. I do not see any missing brass (after looking closely at them they actually look more like copper than brass) embellishments, and the conchos look equally aged and all the same. The leather is soft, pliable and supple and I do not see any tears or stitching repairs to it, however there is one stain that can be seen if you look at the first picture on the right leg there is a 7" long darker stain running down that leg. I am going to take a picture of this and post it (see below), but it looks to me like something about 7" long that was heavy was left on the leather for some time and it left a slight indentation in the leather. Then I think that this indentation was noticeable enough, perhaps through the camera lens, that they needed to hide it so someone worked it over with oil, or stain, or something to diminish the indentation appearance. I have looked closely at this area and the leather is not scratched, or cut, but there is a subtle double parallel line indentation in the leather. I did already mention, but I will again, that the belt is very worn on the 8-9 belt latch holes closest to the body of the chaps. They are worn but the leather is still intact. Finally, since brass/copper and leather don't mix real well you can see some areas where there is green corrosion from the mix of leather and brass/copper. I also noticed that around some of the brass/copper embellishment that there is like a waxy paste. Perhaps this is left from cleaning or conditioning the leather at some time, so perhaps these chaps could use a cleaning to remove this excess paste. Finally there is some areas of white on the leather. This does seem to buff out.
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