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You most likely have never heard the name Charles Earl Boles — but you’ve probably heard of Black Bart. While Black Bart is one of America’s most notorious outlaws during the Victorian and Wild West eras, the famed criminal wasn’t born with his ominous moniker. Rather, he was named Charles Earl Boles. Boles lived quite the life during the 1800s. Born in England in 1829, Boles came to the United States with his family. However, Charles Earl Boles wasn’t satisfied living a quiet life. The future outlaw headed out to California during the 1849 Gold Rush, prospecting for gold along the Sacramento River. When the Civil War broke out during the 1860s, Boles enlisted with the Union Army and participated in momentous events like the Battle of Vicksburg and Sherman’s March to the Sea.
Yet once the Civil War ended, Boles didn’t return home to his family. Instead, he embarked on a life of crime and adopted a new name: Black Bart. Between 1875 and 1883 Black Bart conducted 28 different stagecoach robberies. He quickly became both notorious and famous, leaving behind poems at the sites of some robberies as a signature. Black Bart was polite, too, never firing a weapon during any of his robberies and refusing to use foul language. This gentlemanly behavior quickly made him one of the most talked about outlaws in the 19th century. Though no stagecoach traveling through California or Oregon was safe from his robbery, Black Bart was always a kind, polite criminal.
An exclusive piece in our Heritage Costumes Famous People collection of quality costume clothing, this children’s Black Bart costume is authentic to England’s Victorian era and the attire won by Black Bart himself. You’ll look just like the famous gunslinger when you don this historically accurate costume set. Our Black Beard costume includes four pieces: a long, fully lined black Victorian frock coat, a Victorian brocade vest in gold with an attached shirt front and tie, a pair of black pants, and a black derby hat. Even outlaws were well dressed during the 1800s, and Black Bart himself was known as a “gentleman bandit”, recognized for his exquisite attire, fashionable style, and sophistication. You’ll look every bit gentleman and outlaw yourself with this accurate and detailed Black Bart costume.
This high-quality Charles Earl Boles, or Black Bart, costume can be used for historical school events, play, or simply a fun day of pretending to be an outlaw who robs stagecoaches in the Wild West. Made with pride and care right in the United States, this Black Bart famous character costume is built to last.
The Wild West holds a special place in American history. The colorful characters who made up the old West were men, women, cowboys, Indians, sheriffs and just plain outlaws. Our Kids's Black Bart is just one of them...
Self: 65% Polyester 35% Cotton
Lining: 65% Polyester 35% Cotton
* Most items made from polyester/cotton blend treat as polyester.
* Most items are made from polyester can be machine washed and dried.
* Use warm water and add a fabric softener to the final rinse cycle.
* Machine dry at low temperature setting and remove articles as soon as the tumbling cycle is complete.
* If ironing is needed, use a moderately warm iron.
* Most items made from polyester can be dry-cleaned.
To remove stains:
* Soak and then wash with soap and warm water using a mild liquid detergent.
* Remove tough stains by spraying with a mild stain remover. It will have a better chance of removing stains other than food and dirt.
* Tumble dry on low heat.
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