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EARLY INDIAN WAR  “US” EMBOSSED HOLSTER – CIVIL WAR HOLSTER REISSUED DURING THE EARLY INDIAN WARS FOR THE CARTRIDGE REVOLVERS - VERY RARE HOLSTER:   As pictured and discussed on page 84 of US MILITARY HOLSTERS AND PISTOL CARTRIDGE BOXES by Scott Meadows, this is a particularly rare specimen of the US Army Civil War revolver holsters that were embossed with the large “US” in an oval in the style of the other accoutrements of the period, and reissued in the early 1870’s with the various metallic cartridge revolvers.  

This holster features a large, embossed “US” in the oval positioned high on the flap, above the point of attachment for the closing tab.   Though showing signs of use and wear, the “US” is plainly legible.  There are also a series of initials, primarily the letter “A”, lighting carved into the surface of the leather – likely the initials of the soldier who carried the holster.  

The condition of this rare holster is overall excellent, with all the seams intact, and all of the components present and intact to include the closing tab and plug.  The flap, belt loop and holster body all hold their shape and still retain the characteristics of strong, live leather.  The overall finish is very good with a strong bright shiny finish overall.  

There is some crazing on the belt loop and some crazing and surface loss on the flap – both consistent with these holsters that saw early use on the frontier. 

There is a soldier applied modification to the body of the holster wherein the soldier made a neatly executed cut to remove an arc of leather on the front of the body and above the closing finial in order to expose the trigger guard of the pistol.  This modification has been noted on a number of holsters, and is easily understood given how deeply the pistols rested in the holsters.  The soldiers were conscious of the importance of gaining quick access to the pistol and removing this piece of leather allowed them to grip and draw the pistol more rapidly.      

This is a rare opportunity to obtain an excellent, complete example of an important and desirable early Indian War modification of surplus Civil War equipment and this holster will be the perfect addition to display with your Colt Richard Conversion, Smith and Wesson American, or Model 1871 Remington Single Shot Army Pistol.  (0906) $2250 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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