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CIVIL WAR HOLSTER FOR THE COLT DRAGOON REVOLVER AND THE MODEL 1858 STARR DOUBLE ACTION REVOLVER - MAKER MARKED “E. GAYLORD” – EXCELLENT SPECIMEN OF A RARE HOLSTER:  As described in Meadow’s U.S. Military Holsters and Pistol Cartridge Boxes on page 56, this scarce holster was manufactured in very limited numbers between 1863 and 1865 and was designed with sufficient size to accommodate the large framed Colt Dragoon Revolver.  The size of this holster, considerably larger than the standard holster issued for the Colt and Remington Army and Navy Revolvers, would also accommodate the larger percussion revolvers of the period such as the Model 1858 Starr Double Action revolver.      

This excellent specimen is very attractive, surviving in full form and complete with all the components to include the closing tab and the bottom plug, and all stitching and seams strong and intact.  The condition of the leather is overall excellent, with a very smooth, shiny finish, showing only the minor expected crazing to the top fold of the flap and belt loop, and some minor handling marks on the body.  The body, flap and belt loop of the holster feature solid leather that holds its very distinctive shape.  The belt loop is very legibly stamped “E. GAYLORD, CHICOPEE, MASS.”   

This is an outstanding specimen of a fairly rare holster that was manufactured in very limited numbers and is seldom found in this condition.  This is a very desirable holster to display with your Colt Dragoon.  (0106)  $2200



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