Historical Holsters

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1. Cartridge belts standard with up to 18 bullet loops in your caliber. Additional loops are $1 each.

2. Your choice of oil base color stain from the choices on the home page $10 per piece.

3. Due to rising costs in supplies, materials & leather, prices have increased $10 per item. 

4. See home page for color choices on photo with cowboy boots. 

5. For lining now add $40 per piece.6. For antiquing and distressing add $49.95 per piece.

7. For belts over 49″ add $10.

8. For semi autos- If you have an extended magazine or bumper pad at the bottom,  it is your responsibility to let us know and you will need to send one of these into us for correct fit if we are making a magazine pouch for you.

9. Please note these historical reproductions are our version of what we have seen from photos, videos, first hand accounts, and often personal examinations of the originals.

ALL OF CHISHOLM’S TRAIL HISTORICAL GUN LEATHER HAS BEEN RESEARCHED AS THOROUGHLY AS WE HAVE BEEN ABLE, INCLUDING PERSONAL VISITS OUT WEST TO ACTUALLY EXAMINE, HANDLE, AND TRACE MANY OF THE GENUINE HISTORCAL ITEMS ON THIS PAGE.

The Real Tombstone

Recently we had to good fortune to visit the “Gunfighter Hall of Fame,” in Tombstone, Arizona. The curator Richard Ignarski, has convinced the owners of these historical items, with provenance, to donate them for a period of time to this collection. This gathering consists of the most famous guns and gun leather of the ld west outlaws and lawmen ever to be shown in one location. Do not miss a visit.

GHF-RWE ~ The Real Wyatt Earp

WYATT EARP

The rig Wyatt wore at the OK corral still exists. It is a right hand, lined, triple drop loop holster with the bottom loop angled upward. The original was made by Wright, Beverly & Co., 1877-1887, of  Dodge City, Kansas, who sold general merchandise and gun leather. Wyatt’s nickel plated, 7 1/2″ barrel Colt 1873 had smooth walnut grips on a black powder frame. Our version reproduces Wyatt’s folded gun belt with nickel clipped corner buckle. We have a special oiled and waxed, wrinkle grain, distressed leather made for this belt that makes it butter smooth to wear. The holster, bullet loops, tongue and buckle ends are walnut color like the original. The holster and belt are also marked Wright, Beverly & Co. Our version with unlined single stitch line holster  ~ $424.95.  Unlined holster without belt $174.95. With lined, double stitch holster add $49.95.

For authentic Tombstone A.T. badge add ~ $39.95

GHF- TJR ~ TOMBSTONE JOHNNY RINGO

JOHNNY RINGO

FAST DRAW

(Original photos) It is true that the Ringo rig from the movie was awesome but the original is even more awesome. Pebble grain leather, nice nickel buckle, and two holsters. Both holsters have high arches behind the gun butts. This was to tuck his coat tails behind to have immediate access to the guns. Holsters are fully lined, stitched with red thread on pebble grain leather, decorative stitching on pigskin liningm, and have wide belt loops. Fits 4 1/2″ or 5 1/2″ Colt SAA. Can be made for any Single Action and any barrel length ~ Our version ~ $449.95

GHF- TDH – TOMBSTONE DOC HOLLIDAY

GAMBLER

FASTEST GUN

(Original photo) Attributed to Doc Holliday is a more traditional shoulder holster for a nickel Colt 1873 SAA with 4 1/2″ barrel. Doc was known to carry this revolver. The shoulder and chest strap are fully adjustable. Our version $374.95

GHF-GMWG- A GOOD MAN WITH A GUN ~ JEFF MILTON

JEFF MILTON

RANGER GUN BELT

(Original photos) Jefferson Davis Milton was a lawman for over half a century. Born in 1861, he knew John Wesley Hardin and was still Ranger-ing in 1930. He once said “I never killed a man that did not need killing; I never killed an animal except for meat.” Single handed he defeated all five members of the Burt Alvord gang. After that the Railway express agents said ” he was a good man with a gun.”

Nice Colt 7 1/2″ barrel double oval drop loop, skirted holster with a closed toe and a star concho at the top. Folded money belt with 1 1/2″ billets and a nickle clipped corner buckle. Our version $399.95

EL PASO  TRILOGY

John Wesley Hardin (coming soon)

John Selman (coming soon)

George Scarboro (coming soon)

BILLY THE KID COLLECTION

#HH- (A) BILLY THE KID ARCH TOP .45

Old West Leather Billy the Kid Holster

Billy the Kid Holster

Adapted from the only authentic picture of “Billy the Kid.” Photo shows a drop loop holster with a military throat that covers much of the gun. Design and style common for New Mexico during the late 1800′s. $349.95 for holster and belt. For antiquing and distressing add $49.95 per piece. William Bonney knife & sheath ~ $324.95

 

#HH- (B) BILLY THE KID DOUBLE DROP LOOP

Old West Leather Billy the Kid Historic Cowboy holsters

Billy the Kid Lightning

Our adaptation of Billy the Kid’s double drop loop small frame holster. Pat Garret stated that Billy carried one and there was also one in the movie “Young Guns.” $124.95 with edge groove. Will fit Colt or clone lightning, Model P Jr., or Ruger Single Six. Holster with tapered belt and clipped corner buckle. $299.95. On holster or belt with decorative edge roll and flower ends add ~ $10 each piece.

HH- (C) BILLY THE KID LIGHTNING

BILLY THE KID LIGHTNING

BILLY THE KID LIGHTNING

(Original Photo) We have examined a new holster attributed to Billy the Kid in a private collection. This one also has large arch top and tooling on front. Will fit Colt or clone lightning, Model P Jr., or Ruger Single Six. Holster with tapered belt and clipped corner buckle. $324.95. Holster without belt ~ $124.95

LINCOLN CO. REGULATOR

DIRTY STEVE

~PALS~ “Dirty Steve” Stephens was a known running buddy of Billy the Kid and the Lincoln County Regulators, who fought against the Santa Fe Ring of big ranchers.  Stephens was present the Blazer’s Mill gunfight along with Billy the Kid. ” Dirty Steve survived many known gunfights in New Mexico and told his buddies in 1878 he was heading for Denver. He was never heard from again. His gun and holster rig surfaced in Eloi, Arizona recently and has the provenance with it.

The set consists of a right hand, 7 1/2” Colt Single Actin, double drop loop holster with high arch top. All pieces  have an edge groove. The wide gun belt has no bullet loops and the sewn on tongue and buckle ends are held together with a Civil War style black Japanned roller buckle. The leather appears to be Walnut in color. Holster, belt and buckle ~ $349.95

#HH- PAT GARRETT

Old West Leather Pat Garrett

Pat Garrett

In 1881 sheriff Garrett killed the Outlaw “Billy the Kid.” Pat’s holster has a unique feature that depicts a large oval at the top of the rear of the holster. This was used to put his coat lapel behind to keep it from getting in the way of his quick draw. Our holster is patterned after the original in one of our customers private collection. Garrett wore a 1 ¾” Town cartridge belt with a square Garrison buckle. Set ~ $249.95. Holster alone $99.95

Wild Bill Hickok Collection

#HH- (A) WILD BILL

Als Hickok Gun Belt

Wild Bill

Wild Bill’s California style Slim Jim holster with early style cut design tooling and black powder military belt without cartridge loops on display at the Buffalo Bill museum in Cody, Wyoming. Originally for a Colt 1851 Navy. Can be sized for any Old West pistol or cartridge conversion. One holster with edge groove, solid brass military buckle & belt ~ $324.95. With cut tooling ~ $349.95. For lining add $25 per piece. For bullet loops add $1 per loop. For second holster add ~ $174.95

#HH- (B)  HICKOK in DEADWOOD

Bill Hickock Old West Gun Belt and Holster

Colt 1860

Colt 1851

Hickok’s last holster & military cartridge belt on display at the Adams museum in Deadwood, SD. Originally for an 1860 Colt Richards cartridge conversion. Can be sized to any Old West pistol. One holster with edge groove, hand cast, solid brass buckle and belt $324.95. For lining add $25 per piece. For second holster add $149.95

 

TOOLED HICKOK’S

Hickok holsters with full tooling and hand darkened background add $ 99.95 to the above price.

#HH- (C) JAMES BUTLER HICKOK ~ MARSHAL

JAMES BUTLER HICKOK

The famous marshal wore many different holsters in his career. This is our adaptation of the one in the Gene Autry Museum, Los Angeles, CA. Photos on page 88 of “Packing Iron,” by Richard Rattenbury. Normally made to fit his favorite Colt 1851 Navy, but can be sized to fit any other single action pistol. Worn, as usual, with his 1 3/4″ leather belt and silver wreath military buckle. One unlined holster with edge groove, hand cast, solid brass buckle and unlined belt $324.95. For lining add $50 per piece. For second holster add $149.95

#HH- Colorado Charlie Utter

COLORADO CHARLIE UTTER

Charlie Utter was a good friend of Hickok’s even before they both showed up in Deadwood. Utter’s S&W Russian revolver is on display also at the Adams Museum in Deadwood. Our adaptation from descriptions of his gear reveals a high top Slim Jim Style holster with a tapered gun belt and a fancy buckle made of nuggets from his mine. Buckle available in gold (Brass) or silver (White Bronze). ~$324.95

 

FRANK & JESSE JAMES, AND THE YOUNGER GANG

Note: Jesse James, his brother Frank, and many of their gang wore a number of different holsters, gun belts, and styles of guns. They would often have to discard them when capture might be imminent so they could not be accused of being soldiers or guerrillas. More and more of these examples are coming to light as collections are sold and pieces that have been in families for generations are being sold or donated to museums. Below are a few that we have found so far that seem to have provenance. No provenance is ever perfect but these examples are really neat.

JAMES ~ YOUNGER GANG NOTES

Here at Chisholm’s Trail, we are all old West historians and as such take yearly trips to the locations where much of the outlaw//lawmen confrontations took place. About 10 years ago we visited the Pony Express museum in St. Joe, Mo. While there, on display was the only known duster worn by a member of the James ~ Younger gang. This duster was taken off of one of the gang members killed during the ill fated bank robbery in Northfield, MN, August 1876. It is unknown how it ended up back in Jesse James home state. However, after inspection it had impeccable provenance. This duster has since disappeared from the museum, so the photo to the far left shows the only known shape, color, collar, material. and buttons on this extremely historical clothing. The second photo is also supposed to be one of the dusters with a shawl collar to deflect rain.

JESSE JAMES GEAR

#HHRSH- JESSE JAMES RIGHT HAND SCHOFIELD HOLSTER

JESSE JAMES SCHOFIELD

JESSE JAMES SCHOFIELD

The right hand holster, gun belt and buckle now in the Gene Autry Museum in LA. Adapted from original photos and museum study. Color photo on page 222-223 of Harold Peterson’s book “The Treasury of the Gun.” The holster is 9-10 gauge, folk cut and hand tooled with leaves and vines. One holster, folded money belt, and California style buckle ~ $399.95. Second holster $179.95. (Original holster temporarily on display in the NRA museum in Virginia.)

JESSE JAMES LAST HOLSTER & GUN BELT

JESSE JAMES LAST HOLSTER & GUN BELT

As shown with antiquing and distressing add $80.

#HHLSH- JESSE JAMES LEFT HAND SCHOFIELD HOLSTER

LEFT HAND

LEFT HAND

Chisholm’s Trail was asked to make a museum quality copy of Jesse’s left hand Schofield holster, currently in the NRA museum in Springfield, MO. The previous owner has authorized us to have the exclusive rights to his photos for historical recreation and promotion. These highly detailed photos of the front and the reverse side of this rig provides us with additional insight to the correct tooling pattern changes and the unique belt loop and how it is attached to the back. ~ $189.95. With antiquing and distressing add $40 per piece. For lining add $40 per piece. ORIGINAL PHOTO

#HHJJQ- JESSE JAMES QUANTRILL RIG

JESSE JAMES WITH QUANTRILL'S RAIDERS

JESSE JAMES WITH QUANTRILL’S RAIDERS

Jesse rode with Quantrill in the Civil war. During this time he wore a Colt 1860 Army in a double drop loop, closed toe holster with a 1 3/4″ straight gun belt and a gorgeous engraved rectangular buckle, keeper and tip.The belt is hand tooled, reproducing designs from the Confederate group “Knights of the Golden Circle” that are clearly visible on it. The holster pattern can be made to fit any single action, 1851 Navy, Colt 1873, Rem 1875, or other~$399.95 with correctly engraved buckle & keeper. (Tip available at a later date) For buckle set in solid Sterling Silver call P.O.R. For extra holster add $149.95.

JESSE JAMES WITH QUANTRILL

JESSE JAMES WITH QUANTRILL

The patterns and molds to make this complete set are made from the Jesse James originals, and the exclusive rights to manufacture this rig have been purchased from the previous legal owner and are now registered with our intellectual property attorneys. Starting in 2015, no copies or reproductions other than those made by Chisholm’s Trail are allowed. Get your set today. Color is chocolate.

HH – JESSE JAMES WITH BLOODY BILL ANDERSON SHOULDER HOLSTER

JESSE JAMES SHOULDER HOLSTER

JESSE JAMES SHOULDER HOLSTER

(Original Photo) The number of authentic and different guns and holsters that continue to be found that were used by Jesse James through out his wild career continues to grow. Right in Washington, DC, our nation’s capital, on display in the National Museum of Crime and Punishment is a shoulder holster that has provenance. The rig would carry a Colt 1851 Navy or a Colt 1860 Army at a slight butt forward draw. He began carrying it as a member of the Confederate guerrilla group led by Bloody Bill Anderson. The holster has two rows of hand tooling along both stitch lines. It has a very slight re-curve throat and rounded toe. Holster with shoulder straps ~ $299.95

HH – JESSE JAMES STARR SHOULDER HOLSTER

JESSE JAMES STARR SHOULDER HOLSTER

JESSE JAMES STARR SHOULDER HOLSTER

Chisholm’s trail obtained this shoulder holster at a collectors show with the legend it was given to a Minnesota farmer who helped Jesse James escape after the ill fated Northfield, MN raid. This is a big holster and did not fit a standard Colt or S&W. Jesse was known to like the big Starr double action so we tried one in it and it fit like a glove. While doing this we discovered a maker’s mark faintly visible on the pebble grain leather. It was Kennedy Bros. Arms Co. of St. Paul, MN. We got excited when we researched this company and found that they sold, not only, guns and ammo, but also made holsters and gun belts in St. Paul starting in 1867. That timing works out awfully well with Frank & Jesse’s escape from Minnesota. Can be made for any old west revolver. Holster with shoulder straps ~ $299.95

HH – JESSE JAMES LONG RIDER RIG – Robin Hood of the West

BUSHWHACKER

BUSHWHACKER

(Our Original Photo) New Jesse James gun leather found. original in the collection of John Taffin, Senior Editor for Guns Magazine. This set consists of a Civil War guerrilla right hand Slim Jim style holster with rivets and narrow belt. This unique belt is held together with a snap link and ring. A combination we have never seen before. The original pistol was manufactured at the Colt factory from standard 1860 parts and modified into the Richards  Model .44 cartridge conversion. The serial # indicates it was made the first year of production in 1871,. History with the rig says that Jesse James gave this gun, holster, and belt to an “Elderly Black Gentleman” that he knew and who had come along on some robberies and kept horses for the gang. He came to Jesse saying that the Federals and carpetbaggers flooding into Missouri and Kansas were threatening, so Jesse unbuckled this rig and gave it to him for protection. This is not the only example showing that Jesse James had compassion and often helped those less fortunate. Indeed it seems he was a Robin Hood of the West. Our version of the holster, belt and buckle ~ $325

JESSE JAMES 1871 RICHARDS

JESSE JAMES 1871 RICHARDS

HH – JESSE JAMES BORDER BANDIT RIG

BORDER BANDIT

BORDER BANDIT

During our visit to the Jesse James Farm Museum in Kearney, Missouri we found Allen Parmer’s right hand Colt Dragoon, butt forward, Slim Jim style holster and pistol. This revolver is the 3rd model Dragoon made between 1851 and 1860 with a round trigger guard. The holster is plain, without decoration, and ready for business. It has an attached belt loop on the back and the stitch line very closely follows the outline of the big Colt. Members of the guerrilla bands would often trade, sell, or loan their gear to each other. Allen, having married the James brother’s sister Susan, would have let Jesse borrow and wear this rig. Edge groove holster, belt and buckle ~ $325 For tooled design around belt add $10. The rare and famous guerrilla two piece buckle with the words “Freedom or Death,” is available to purchase separately and is cast from an original ~ $49.95.

HH- JESSE JAMES BANK ROBBER

JESSE JAMES BANK ROBBER

JESSE JAMES BANK ROBBER

For a number of years I lived in Hopkinsville, Ky. which is just a few miles from Russellville, Ky. On March 20, 1868, six members of the James – Younger gang robbed the Nimrod Long Banking Company. Jesse triggered off a round that hit the wall. The bullet hole is still preserved in the bank lobby today under a plexiglass panel for all to see. Additional gunfire ensued and during the melee Jesse’s 1860 Colt and holster was dropped. This rig was on display for many years then was lost. We have found it on display in the Ralph Foster Museum located at the College of the Ozarks, in Hollister, MO.  We have visited and examined this holster and Colt and made a pattern from it. Our version ~ $324.95

HH- JESSE JAMES ALIAS MR. HOWARD

James Rig Frazier Museum 4On April 3rd, 1882, Jesse James, one of America’s most notorious outlaws was shot to death by Robert Ford, a new gang member and close friend of the James family. The inquest stated that there were 5 guns and 3 gun belt rigs found in the house. Jesse James, Jr. grabbed this holster and belt before souvenir hunters could snatch it. This rig has a very narrow, billeted gun belt, and a close fitting Slim Jim style holster with edge tooling. This pistol and gun leather was in the James family until sold at auction in 1994 and then went on display at the Frazier museum, Louisville, KY in 2002. We have examined and made a pattern from the original.

HH – JESSE JAMES BILLETED/TAPERED GUN BELT

JESSE JAMES GUN BELT

JESSE JAMES GUN BELT

In the early 1880’s Jesse was living under the assumed name of  “Mr. Howard.” His normal guns and gear were well known and he still wanted to carry weapons so he often used this neat little gun belt. The rig has a billeted (sewn on) buckle end with a clip cornered rectangular buckle and a tapered tongue end. The cartridge loops were attached by shifting their position to the left so he would not have to carry his holster over bullets.  Gun belt, 18 loops in your caliber, and nickel buckle ~ 149.95

CWSJ ~  CIVIL WAR GUERRILLA STARR SLIM JIM

STARR & KGC

STARR & KGC

A customer shared his photo of a genuine Civil War Starr revolver with it’s “Knights of the Golden Circle” markings worn by a Confederate guerrilla. This rig is attributed to, but not proven to have been worn by Jesse early in the war. The five-point star was taken from the KGC and its predecessor the “Order of the Lone Star.” That order was responsible for the Texas Revolution in 1836 and the star symbol also dates back to the medieval Knights Templar and even before. The crescent moon is also of KGC and much more ancient origin. Holsters for the Southern favored Starr double action revolver are extremely rare without a flap. This one was obviously set for a fast draw. Holster with edge groove ~ 99.95. Holster with star, crescent moon, and pineapple checkering like on Jesse James with Quantrill’s gun belt~ $159.95. A 1 3/4″ militia gun belt with 1854 Western Division buckle ~$149.95. Lining adds $40.

FRANK JAMES

#HH- Frank James Schofield

Frank James Gun Belt

Frank James Schofield

Right hand holster with hand tooling along the stitch line and two large flowers for 7″ Schofield and tapered 1851 US Garrison buckle belt, or original style belt – $374.95 See home page for color choices.

#HH- Frank James Remington

FRANK JAMES REMINGTON

FRANK JAMES REMINGTON

Holster, gun belt and correct military eagle two piece buckle as they would have looked new. Adapted from original photos and the Gene Autry museum study in Los Angeles. Holster 9-10 gauge leather. 7 1/2″ barrel California Slim Jim style with edge groove and hand tooling,made with or without the Frank’s cut out to be able to cock the gun while still in the holster. Unique flower stamps recreated from the originals. Will fit a Colt SAA or a Remington 1875 and can be sized to any barrel length. Military style gun belt with 18 bullet loops centered on the back. Additional loops can be added for $1 per loop. Holster, gun belt, & buckle~ $374.95 Knife and military frog sheath not included, but can be ordered. Additional holster $174.95.

FRANK JAMES ANTIQUED

FRANK JAMES ANTIQUED

Same rig with movie quality antiquing and distressing- add $40 per piece. Upon surrendering to Missouri Gov. T.T. Crittenden in 1882, Frank was asked why he carried Remington’s. The desperado replied, “Because the Remington is the hardest and the surest shooting pistol made, and because it carries exactly the same cartridge that a Winchester rifle does [.44-40]. My armament was two Remington’s and a Winchester rifle. The cartridges of one filled the chambers of the other. You can now see why I prefer the Remington. There is no confusion of ammunition here. When a man gets into a close, hot fight, with a dozen men shooting at him all at once, he must have his ammunition all of the same kind.”

HH – PISTOL FIGHTER (FRANK JAMES COLT 1851 NAVY RIG)

PISTOL FIGHTER

PISTOL FIGHTER

An associate of the James was once over heard saying “Make no mistake- Frank James is the real gunfighter.” During our visit to the Jesse James Farm Museum in Kearney, Missouri we found a very special right hand Colt 1851 Navy holster with fancy stitching that belonged to Frank James. These outlaws would constantly practice until they had “muscle memory” and were able to draw and fire without aiming. This leather has good provenance and we appreciate the curator allowing careful study of the original in the museum. Holster, belt and buckle ~ $325

PISTOL FIGHTER

PISTOL FIGHTER

“Have you any idea of what a man must endure who leads such a life? No, you cannot. No one can unless he lives it for himself.” —Frank James

HH- FRANK JAMES EAGLE BUCKLE AND GUN BELT

FRANK JAMES GUN BELT

FRANK JAMES GUN BELT

The most common gun belt Frank James wore was the 1 3/4″ gun belt with full bullet loops and the U.S. Eagle, two piece buckle. The buckle attaches on the right side of the belt and the belt goes through the keeper on the left side. It continues under the belt and attaches to the belt with a hook to the back side without interfering with the belt loops on the front. The right hand holster, gun belt and buckle now in the Gene Autry Museum in LA. Color photo on page 222-223 of Harold Peterson’s book “The Treasury of the Gun.” .Gun belt with 18 loops in your caliber and the two piece buckle~ $174.95. Additional loops for $1 per loop.

#HH- FRANK JAMES LEFT HAND RIG

FRANK JAMES GUN BELT

FRANK JAMES GUN BELT

Shortly after Jesse James was killed, his brother Frank James surrendered to Gov. Crittendon. At that time he gave his left hand holster to the Governor along with his gun belt held together with a black “Japanned” roller buckle. This holster is an early style Slim Jim and will fit either a Colt Single Action or Remington 1875. The complete set of holster, belt and buckle ~ $349.95  Holster can be made left, right, or cross draw.

HH – FRANK JAMES FLAP HOLSTER

FRANK JAMES FLAP HOLSTER

FRANK JAMES FLAP HOLSTER

As historians continue to research and museums and private collections come to light, more and more Jesse and Frank James gang artifacts with provenance appear. This early, right cross draw, fully tooled flap holster, including a Colt 1851 Navy, serial # 32488 with Frank James name engraved on the back strap was inherited.  It came with a provenance book and one of a kind photos of Frank and his family. This set was acquired in 1939 and went into a museum. When the museum closed it was purchased by a private collector. Our reproduction of this rig includes holster, cap box, belt and buckle ~ $324.95. For toe plug add $20.

FRANK JAMES TAG

FRANK JAMES TAG

 

FRANK JAMES LAST GUN

FRANK JAMES COLT AUTO

FRANK JAMES COLT AUTO

In 1904, while touring with a lecture group in Butte, Montana, a relative of the cashier killed in the Northfield raid threatened to kill Frank James publicly for his part in the bank robbery. The police asked Frank to get out of town. Frank replied “I will go when I am ready.” At that point Frank James started carrying his last gun, a new Colt 1903 hammerless .32 caliber auto pistol. It is hard to get your head around the fact that Frank started out with percussion, single action pistols in the Civil War, went on to cartridge revolvers for his outlaw career, and ended up with a semi auto pistol. We met with the current current owner of this holster and made a pattern from it.

THE JAMES YOUNGER GANG

The Younger brothers rode with the James boys as guerrillas during the Civil War. They tried to return to a peaceful civilian life but were not allowed to and were constantly hounded by Federals and the Pinkerton Detective Agency. After may skirmishes with the law the Pinkerton’s fire bombed Jesse James mother’s home killing his little brother and blowing off his mother’s arm. The James Younger gang was now out for vengeance and revenge – which they got.

PINKERTON ~ GOVERNMENT GUARD

MVC-072FMistakenly believing Frank and Jesse James were hiding out at their family farm, a gang of men led by Pinkerton detectives mounted a raid on the night of January 26, 1875. In an attempt to flush the outlaws out of the house, the gang threw a smoke bomb  through the window. This was kicked into the fireplace exploding instantly, killing the James boy’s young half-brother and blowing away their mother’s hand and damaging her arm.

PINKERTON GOVT GUARD COLT

PINKERTON GOVT GUARD COLT

When the house and grounds were searched after the detectives fled, a holster and pistol was found, stamped with P.P.G. (Pinkerton Government Guard) exposing the members of the raid. This is our adaptation for S&W Schofield or Colt SAA, based on discussions with Pinkerton company historians and collectors. Holster, belt with 18 loops and black roller buckle ~ $324.95. Two piece Prison buckle & adjuster buckle with cartridge belt slide~ $374.95. Shield Pinkerton Badge~ $24.95. Pinkerton star badge with hinged pin clasp ~ $49.95.

HH- COLE YOUNGER WITH QUANTRILL’S RAIDERS

COLE WITH QUANTRILL

(Original photo) New holster, just found in a personal collection. Holster was housed in a small Civil War museum in Sikeston, Missouri, that closed years ago. It is a right hand or right cross draw flap holster that would hold an 1851 Colt Navy or an 1860 Colt Army revolver. The color is very dark brown with a sewn on belt loop on the reverse. The flap had a button strap that secured it to a Sam Browne stud on the front. There does not appear to be any stitching visible around the bottom, so there would not be a toe plug. This holster has had a very hard life. A friend and customer of ours was able to take photos of the front and back, and a tracing of this historical gun leather for us to reproduce. Our version of this holster, belt and buckle ~ $324.95.  For toe plug add $20.

HH- COLE YOUNGER’S FAST DRAW AT NORTHFIELD

COLE YOUNGER NORTHFIELD ROBBERY

COLE YOUNGER NORTHFIELD ROBBERY

After the Northfield, MN robbery, Sheriff Glispin shot Cole at the Hanska Slough and took this rig from him. The set includes a wide folded money belt with full long bullet loops and two rows of stamping, a right hand single drop loop holster, and black Japanned roller buckle. The gun he used was a Nickel Single Action Colt with a 4 3/4″ or 5 1/2″ barrel. He also carried a second Colt with a 7 1/2″ barrel that he asked the Sheriff to send to Belle Starr for safekeeping. To her surprise one day Belle actually received this gun in the mail.  We visited the museum that has Cole’s 7 1/2″ Colt on display, purchased from the Starr family. We also found the museum this rig is displayed in and examined it also. We were not surprised to find the back strap was engraved “Coleman Younger ~ 1876.”  We painstakingly recreated the leather stamps that are close to 150 years old to complete this project. The cartridge belts are standard with up to 18 loops in your caliber. Additional loops at $2 per loop.  Stitch line can be at the top or the bottom. Our version of one holster, belt & buckle ~ $399.95 in the original “Cowboy Brown” color. For the additional holster add $174.95.

COLE YOUNGER ANTIQUED & DISTRESSED

COLE YOUNGER ANTIQUED & DISTRESSED

For antiquing and distressing add $99.95. When captured, Cole said “We tried a desperate game and lost. But we are rough men used to rough ways, and we will abide by the consequences.” 

HH- COLE YOUNGER’S HOLD OUT

NORTHFIELD

NORTHFIELD

Cole used a seven shot cartridge Moore pistol as his “hold out” gun in the Northfield, MN raid. When captured at the Hanska Slough this set was taken from him. Our version, like the original, will also fit a Colt 1849 Pocket pistol or an 1862 Police. We have personally examined this rig. Holster, gun belt, and 2 piece buckle ~ $399.95.  Antiqued and distressed $449.95.  For toe plug add $20. Cole said “A fair field and no favors. That’s the best any man ought to expect. If he can’t take care of himself with his own weapon, he don’t deserve to be saved, and he won’t be, no how.” Original photo credits to the Northfield, MN museum and the great staff. We totally recommend that you schedule a visit to this location. You can see more at www.northfieldhistory.org

HH- Hot Tempered ~ BOB YOUNGER

Bob, the younger brother of Cole and Jim, was only 23 when he joined the gang. Bill Chadwell had the idea for the Northfield robbery, but it was hot headed Bob and his mentor Jesse James who convinced the others to make the long journey up to Minnesota. This rig is our version as attributed from customer’s photo of original, with the new shield style single drop loop holster being made at the time. We have seen this design by more than one maker during this period.  The James-Younger gang favored KGC symbols stamped and tooled into their gun leather and it would really be interesting to understand the meaning behind this cryptic flower stamp. Guns and leather gear got all mixed up after the gang was shot all to hell and it was l dumped into a pile at the Sheriff’s office so it is hard to confirm who wore what. The 2″ gun belt has full bullet loops but none under the holster. ~ $374.95

HH- JIM YOUNGER, Member of the KGC (Knights of the Golden Circle)

JIM YOUNGER

JIM YOUNGER

Legend has passed to us that Jim’s rig was more traditional and may have been the one of those he wore as a confederate guerrilla ten years before. This rig is our version as attributed from customer’s photo of original. The Gun belt is 1 3/4″ wide and has a black japanned roller buckle. It has full bullet loops with none under the holster, which is a Slim Jim style embossed with a Confederate rose on the front as well as a row of KGC (Knights of the Golden Circle) “All seeing eyes” along the holster edges. The color appears to be dark walnut. The holster had a  Remington 1875 but will also fit a Colt 1873. Holster, belt, and buckle ~ $374.95 (For more on the history of the Knights of the Golden Circle just Google KGC on the internet)

HH- The Last Draw ~ CHARLIE PITTS (Killed at the Hanska Slough)

CHARLIE PITTS - S&W RUSSIAN

CHARLIE PITTS – S&W RUSSIAN

Charlie PittsCharlie Pitts also known as Sam Wells, was born in 1844. He was credited as a member at the Otterville James Younger gang train robbery and was cornered in Hanska Slough by a posse in a shoot-out after the Northfield, MN raid. Charlie was shot five times and killed at Madelia, September 21, 1876. He carried a S&W Russian in a right hand tooled flap holster with a narrow gun belt and full loops. A black “Japanned” roller buckle completed the set. We have personally examined this set. Holster, belt and buckle ~ $374.95. Antiqued and distressed $425. Will fit a Russian, Schofield, or # 3 S&W Laramie, other sizes for Colt or Remington.

HH – GUN MAN ~ CLELL MILLER, (Killed at Northfield)

Early Clell Miller

Early Clell Miller

At the age of just 14, Clell Miller joined Bloody Bill Anderson’s guerrillas during the American Civil War. He was captured during the skirmish in which Anderson was killed on October 26, 1864. Clell continued to run with the James Younger gang and on September 7, 1876 Miller was shot and killed by townspeople in the robbery attempt on the First National Bank of Northfield. This rig is our version as attributed from customer’s photo of the original. Note the distinct diamond, 5 pointed star, crescent moon, and tear drop K.G.C. symbols on the pistol grip.

CLELL MILLER

This long, lean Slim Jim style holster has a double edge groove as well as a decorative suede thong on the front. The gun belt is 2″ wide with a brass 2″ clip cornered center bar buckle and double edge groove. The bullet loops are threaded through the belt alternately. Will fit Schofield, S&W Russian, S&W #3, Colt or Remington. Holster, belt and buckle ~ $374.95

Bob Leskovec did the outstanding multi-dimensional nickel silver inlays recreating the original S&W Russian grips perfectly.

HH – OUTLAW BILL CHADWELL alias William Stiles (Killed at Northfield)

Bill Chadwell

Bill Chadwell

After getting out of prison after 25 years, Cole Younger returned to his home stomping grounds in Missouri. It is reported he met with a man he called Bill Stiles and they had a good laugh. Cole asked how he liked being dead all these years. The truth may never be known but one of the guns Bill wore into Northfield was a Smith & Wesson Russian. Our version is reputed to be the one he wore but there is no provenance. The holster is really well made and impressive and will fit the Russian, Schofield, or  # 3 Beretta Laramie, Colt or Remington. Holster, belt and buckle ~ $374.95 (Holster photo below courtesy of the famous old west Delapoer collection)

Bill Chadwell / Stiles

Bill Chadwell / Stiles

HH – RUSSIAN HALF FLAP

This very nice, period half flap, closed toe holster was found in Northfield after the raid. Secured with a Sam Browne stud, this holster will carry both a Smith & Wesson Russian or Schofield. The belt loop is sewn to the back and can be made for any size gun belt. Unlined holster ~ $149.95. Matching unlined gun belt and buckle ~ $149.95. For lining add $50 per piece.

HH – NORTHFIELD DEFENDER

NORTHFIELD SHOOTER

NORTHFIELD SHOOTER

(Original in the Chisholm’s Trail gun leather collection)

“Get your guns boys, they’re robbing the bank.” On September 7, 1876, eight bandits rode into Northfield, MN to rob the First National Bank. It did not go as planned. When the townspeople were alerted and the shooting started, the robbers dropped everything and fled. The pursuit of the gang went on for weeks and covered 400 miles. In Just seven minutes, two of the robbers lay dead on the street with two more badly wounded. The remaining six outlaws fled, triggering the largest manhunt in U.S. history. This period holster and gun belt was obtained from a customer and friend who’s great grandfather was a well known shootist in early Minnesota and was in the vicinity of Northfield at the time the James Gang attempted to rob the bank. . Knowing his response to gunfire it is very possible this set was used in a gun battle with the gang or even Jesse James himself. The holster will fit a 5 1/2″ or 4 1/2″ Colt SAA or clone. Holster, belt and buckle ~ $475

THE DALTON GANG

We have just visited the Coffeyville, Kansas “Defender’s Museum.” Your visit is highly recommended. Many items taken off of the bodies of the Dalton gang members killed in the street are being donated to the museum as local family members feel the need. Guns, holsters and belts, saddles, and articles of clothing are displayed and well lit for photographs. In addition, the Condon Bank has been restored and operated by the Chamber of Commerce. They are more than happy to give you a guided tour.

  HH- ED ~ EMMETT DALTON (First National Bank Robber)

EMMETT DALTON

The famous Dalton gang’s crime spree ended abruptly on October 5, 1892 when they attempted to rob two banks at the same time in Coffeyville, Kansas. Four gang members were killed and a photo of the dead bodies was published for all to see. Emmett, the gunslinger, was a tough one surviving 23 gunshot wounds. His prison life sentence was pardoned after 14 years and went on to Hollywood, where he was involved in several western movies. Emmett was once quoted as saying “We’ll see Jesse James and go him one better.”  Emmett Dalton’s gun rig has a rare use of studs and tooling of flowers and vines on the same piece . This is a beautiful but difficult rig to make. Holster must be lined due to studs. Belt is unlined. Hand applied studded holster, gun belt and California buckle with 18 cartridge loops in your caliber and your choice of color ~ $549.95. Belt lining adds $40. (Original photo shared by Old West historian Marc Newman)

 HH- BD ~ BOB DALTON (The Leader)

BOB DALTON

 On the front of this double drop loop holster is a three lobe cactus looking stamp. Old West Gun Leather Historians say this is a “Joshua Tree.” The name was given by a group of Mormon settlers who crossed the Mojave Desert in the mid-19th century. The shape with limbs raised reminded them of Joshua reaching his hands up to the sky in prayer.” In addition, the Joshua tree symbolizes the strength and power that can arise from dysfunction. This became very popular for outlaws to have stamped on holsters near the end of the century and is perfect for the Dalton gang robbery period. The original is in the Dalton museum in Coffeyville, KS. Both Bob Dalton and Bill Powers used similar rigs at different times. Note that the top drop loop on the holster has a large 44 stamped on it with my Great Grandfather’s 1869 hand made stamps. The belt is folded and has sewn on tongue and buckle ends. Our version ~ $449.95. For lined holster add ~ $49.95. For antiquing and distressing add $50 per piece. Color shown is Saddle Tan. Lined holster on left is antiqued, holster on right is like new.

HH- GD ~ GRAT DALTON

GRAT DALTON

This single drop loop holster would fit a Colt Single Action or a double action Smith & Wesson .44 Frontier, including intricate floral hand tooling. Gun belt 2 1/4″ wide with clipped corner buckle. Tapered tongue end and billeted buckle end. Triple large brass studs on each end. This was on display at the Wanamaker Tulsa huge gun show a few years ago and is in a private collection. Set ~ $424.95 (Pattern adjustments will fit any barrel length for S&W Schofield, Russian, #3 (Beretta Laramie), or colt SAA, Remington 1875.). For lined holster and or belt add ~ $40 each.

HH- DB ~ DICK BROADWELL (Condon Bank Robber)

DICK BROADWELL

GUN BELT

Attributed to Outlaw Dick Broadwell, this 7 1/2″ single action,right cross draw, flap holster would definitely keep the weather off of your gun while on the run. Note the Joshua Tree “outlaw stamp” on the front of this holster- the same as the one stamped on Bob Dalton’s holster above. Holster flap is secured with a brass Sam Browne stud. The 2″ belt loop is stamped 105 over .45. Holster, belt & buckle. Holster can be made without the flap if desired. Our version ~ $424.95. For toe plug add $20.

HH- BP ~ BILL POWERS (Condon Bank Robber)

BILL POWERS

Attributed to Dalton Gang member Bills Powers. Once again, note the Joshua Tree “outlaw stamp” on the front of this holster- the same as the one stamped on Bob Dalton’s holster above. Thanks to our historical friends who have kept their eyes open to authentic gun leather. As more and more of the families in the Coffeyville, Kansas area pass on, their possessions, including souvenirs taken from the dead Dalton gang, are surfacing in estate sales and other sources. Note on top drop loop of this holster a large 45 is stamped and on the bottom drop loop the number 114 is stamped. Joshua Tree stamped and tooled  holster and tapered belt ~ $424.95

THE OKLAHOMBRES (Coming Soon)

The Oklahombres, known as the Doolin–Dalton Gang, was a gang of outlaws operating out of the Indian and Oklahoma Territory, active in Kansas,Missouri, and Arkansas, during the 1890s. They robbed banks, stores, held up trains, and killed several lawmen. They were also known as the Wild Bunch, not to be confused with another gang of the same name with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.  They were called the The Oklahoma Long Riders because of the long dusters that they wore. Of all the outlaw gangs in the Old West, none met a more violent end than this group. Only two of its eleven members saw the 20th century dawn, and all eleven met violent deaths in gun battles with lawmen.

The members included Bill Doolin, George “Bittercreek” Newcomb aka “Slaughter Kid,” Charley Pierce, Oliver “Ol” Yantis, William Marion “Bill” Dalton, William “Tulsa Jack” Blake, Dan “Dynamite Dick” Clifton, and Roy “Arkansas Tom Jones” Daugherty.

 CIVIL WAR PARTISAN RANGERS, GUERRILLAS, BUSHWHACKERS, & BORDER RUFFIANS

HH- UBF ~ UNDER THE BLACK FLAG (Capt. Bloody Bill Anderson)

CAPT. WILLIAM ANDERSON

CAPT. WILLIAM ANDERSON

Confederate guerrilla holsters of the period would have the trigger guard area exposed as well as the hammer. This would allow for a much quicker grasp of the gun butt and the ability to cock the gun while still in the holster. Note the Frank James holster above with these same characteristics. In addition the flap is closed with a tab and loop, which is faster than unsnapping or unsecuring the Sam Browne stud holding the flap down. Milliseconds count in a gunfight. Many of the partisan holsters were brown so they would not be spotted as military. The toe is re-enforced with another layer of leather to hold the shape.

BLOODY BILL ANDERSON

BLOODY BILL ANDERSON

Bloody Bill Anderson’s right cross draw, butt forward holster with flap and loop and 1 3/4″ military belt and CS marked buckle ~ $374.95. Cap box available at an additional price. It is recorded that Frank James, Cole Younger, and Bloody Bill Anderson took buckles from fallen Union soldiers at the battle of Centralia, Missouri and wore them the rest of their outlaw careers. See the enlargement in the photo to the left. The buckle has the flag in the center shield ground off and an engraved CS applied. The two piece buckle can be ordered separate for $49.95.

Complete rig as shown ~ $819.80. Note the original style, Confederate belt adjuster buckle in the middle of the belt in photo.

HH – WILLIAM QUANTRILL – MISSOURI PARTISAN RANGER LEADER (Capt. William Quantrill)

CAPT. WILLIAM QUANTRILL

CAPT. WILLIAM QUANTRILL

(Photo Pending) Captain William Quantrill led a band of Confederate guerrillas behind enemy lines during the Civil war. Many members became known nationwide including Frank and Jesse James. Right or left side butt forward or to the reverse flap holster, secured with a tab and loop, smooth cap box, 1 3/4″ military belt and militia buckle ~ $324.95

QUANTRILL'S RAIDERS

QUANTRILL’S RAIDERS

QUANTRILL’S RAIDERS

The guerrillas under Quantrill learned the hard way that the more guns you carried the better off you were in a running battle. Often they carried four to six on their person and two to four on their saddles and in saddle bags. Hide away guns were common. This short barreled holster with decorative stitching is in the Autry Museum in LA and is attributed to guerrilla use. These can be made for any barrel lentth. When captured, many of these holsters were then used by the other side as well. Holster, 1 3/4″ gun belt, and Quantrill buckle ~  $374.95. To use White thread will require hand stitching which will add ~ $24.95.

HH – GMCS ~ GEORGE MADDOX, QUANTRILL’S CHIEF SCOUT

GUERRILLA FIGHTER GEORGE MADDOX

GUERRILLA FIGHTER GEORGE MADDOX

George was smart, he carried a pair of 1858 Remingtons. We all know from watching “Pale Rider” that all you have to do to replace the gun with a loaded cylinder is to drop the loading lever, pull the cylinder pin, swap cylinders and reverse the process. You can do this while galloping and you can’t with a Colt. Old Sam Colt’s six shooter requires the removal of the barrel to replace the cylinder. Maddox was a deadly and successful guerrilla fighter. Legend has his rig consisting of a 1 3/4″ gun belt, buckle and a pair of flap-less high top Remington holsters. $324.95

GEORGE MADDOX- SCOUT

GEORGE MADDOX- SCOUT

 

HH- HOLD OUT

GUERRILLA HOLDOUT

GUERRILLA HOLDOUT

Many guerrilla fighters had a small “Hold Out” pistol tucked away. This was often in the middle of the back and was open top or had a flap. This young border ruffian most likely carried one also. Highly triple edge tooled flap holster for a Colt 1849 Pocket pistol, 1 5/8″ belt and CS buckle ~  $324.95. For antiquing and distressing add $35.00 per piece.

HOLD OUT

HOLD OUT

 

HOLE IN THE HOLE IN THE WALL GANG COLLECTION – “THE REAL WILD BUNCH”

HH – BUTCH CASSIDY

BUTCH CASSIDY

BUTCH CASSIDY

(Original photo) (Authentic reproduction pending) On September 30th, 2012 this impeccably documented Colt and holster were sold. Butch Cassidy’s Amnesty Colt was handed over to Juab County Utah Sheriff P. Christison in October 1899 in good faith to appeal to the authorities for Amnesty. It was not granted and Butch slipped away. Lula Parker Betenson, Cassidy’s younger sister can be seen holding the rig on page 2 in her book “Butch Cassidy, My Brother.” The Colt SAA 4 5/8″ serial number 158402 along with the A.W. Brill Sr. fully floral tooled holster is verified as being Cassidy’s. (Note: There is some controversy over the authenticity of this claim) Our version of this rig made from examining the existing photos and examples of A.W. Brill Sr. other similar holster and tooling result in an almost identical rig. Holster, belt and buckle ~ $399.95

HH – BUTCH CASSIDY’S LAST RIDE

BUTCH CASSIDY LAST RIDE

BUTCH CASSIDY LAST RIDE

(Original Photo) Recently the controversial last guns and gun leather Butch had at the shoot out in Bolivia were been found. They were auctioned in 2016 and then seemingly lost forever. So far they have not showed up in a museum. As usual we will use our best techniques as “Historical Gun Leather Archaeologists” to recreate this historically famous leather.  His rifle was a Winchester 1892 in 44.40, serial # 88433. Cassidy’s hand gun was a nickel Colt SAA, serial # 13428 made in 1875. Our version, unlined holster, gun belt and buckle ~ $399.95. For lining add  $50 per piece. Antiquing and distressing adds ~ $50 per piecewestern leather holster

HH – SUNDANCE KID

(Click on photo for great view) Recently we visited the Crook County Museum in Sundance, Wyoming. With the gracious permission and assistance of Rocky Courchaine, curator, we feel we have discovered one of the real Sundance Kid’s holsters and gun belt. This was a simple farming and ranching community at the time the Kid was in the area. It was not a gunfighter’s paradise. Most holsters of the period were soft and roomy covering most of the gun from the elements without thought of a fast draw. This holster has seem much modification. It is cut down from 7 1/2″ to 4 1/2″ with rivets at the trigger guard and toe to keep the gun at the exact position the shootist wanted it to be. Get your replica today and you can draw with lightning speed from this rig. Our version with holster, billeted gun belt and buckle ~ $399.95 (As shown with antiquing and distressing add $50 per piece)

HH – KID CURRY aka HARVEY LOGAN

KID CURRY

KID CURRY

(Original photo) Harvey “Kid Curry” Logan, was the second-in-command in Butch Cassidy’s Wild Bunch crew. He was a true gunfighter and William Pinkerton once said of him ” He has not one redeeming feature, he is the only criminal I know of that does not have one single good point.” This rig consists of a fully floral tooled single drop loop holster and unique tapered gun belt. Our version ~ $399.95

HH – US MARSHAL JOE LEFORS

MARSHAL LeFORS

MARSHAL LeFORS

MARSHAL JOE LeFORS

MARSHAL JOE LeFORS

This set is made using the actual holster and and 1875 Remington pistol used in the movie. We met and purchased this rig from Ken Mars, the actor that played U.S. Marshal Joe Lefors who tracked Paul Newman and Robert Redford without ceasing in the 1969 movie “Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid.” You will remember them saying “Who is that guy?” We met this actor and obtained this rig from him personally during one of our revisits to Tombstone, Arizona. The holster is an original HH Heiser with studs along the stitch line and other decorative tooling. Our version ~  $349.95

 

 

 

MORE OUTLAWS

 INDIAN COLLECTION, or as Wes Studi would say “IND’IN”

Indian replicas not made by Native Americans as defined by 2.5 USC & 305 ET SEQ.  It has taken years and thousands of miles and numerous hours on the internet to research the actual gun leather worn by Native Americans during the Indian Wars and after. Some rigs have been auctioned, some are in museums, and still others are in private collections. They are all unique and have that special look they added that says “Indian.” We hope you enjoy these as much as we did recreating them.

INDIAN OUTLAW NED CHRISTIE

One of a loose knit outlaw and Indian Oklahoma bandit gang, Christie wore the famous “Joshua Tree” stamp on his holster. He wore two holsters, one right and one right cross draw. The belt is 2″ wide with a slow taper to 1 1/2″ at the tongue and buckle ends. It has a square garrison buckle and 18 bullet loops. Unlined with edge groove ~ $349.95

#HH- CHIEF SITTING BULL HOLSTER

Sitting Bull Indian Holster

Sitting Bull

Our adaptation of the original holster proven to be worn by the famous Indian Chief “Sitting Bull.” Can be sized for any cartridge or percussion pistol. $149.95. With 1 3/4″ gun belt and matching stamping, including round brass buckle.$324.95

HH- Geronimo’s Gun leather

This historically correct holster, gun belt , knife and sheath has over 300 spots, 20 conchos, and a sterling silver “Naja” amulet and buckle. Due to the constantly changing prices for Sterling silver, the cost will be around $2,500 + depending on sterling silver cost ~  P.O.R. This rig took us three years to complete and involved personal visits to Ft. Sill, Oklahoma to be able to view the actual gun leather in a vault under ground. The knife will now be a hidden tang style with genuine stag handle with no metal tag. A limited number will be made and will include our “Maker’s Certificate” as constructed for you.

GREAT CHIEFS

The last time this Geronimo set was examined and photographed prior to our visit was almost 50 years ago for the Time Life series of tooled leatherette books on the old west. We were fortunate enough to find a couple of very rare copies of the “Great Chiefs”in very good condition that we can sell with the Geronimo set for $49.95

GERONIMO

 

HH – General Crook’s Gun leather

Als General Crook Rig close up

General George Crook

Geronimo captured General Crook at one point during the Indian Wars and took his weapons including his S&W American .44, knife and sheath, and cartridge belt including black “Japanned” roller buckle. Holster & belt~ $274.95. Green River knife and Apache studded sheath ~ $ 124.95

HH- QUANAH PARKER

Quanah Parker’s Colt & gun leather are on display at Ft. Sill, OK. The nickel plated, Colt SAA with his name engraved on the back strap was made in 1890. The set was presented to him by his friend Burk Burnett and the Ft. Worth Cattlemen’s Assoc. Family tradition states that he always kept this gun by his side. It is also thought that the gun leather was made by Joseph Sullivan, a famous maker who was crafting leather from the 1880’s on, at Ft. Benton, MT. The Colt SAA had ivory grips with a carved steer head. The original gun belt is lined. The holster consists of a lazy snake tooled border, followed with a decorative edge roll, encompassing a basket weave stamped center. It is unlined and fits a 4 3/4″ SAA.

Our version of this unlined holster and  3″ wide unlined gun belt has eighteen 1″ bullet loops. The entire rig is a work of art and the color is Chocolate. Unlined, basket weave and lazy snake tooled holster and gun belt ~ $449.95. For lining add ~ $49.95 per piece. Standard with 18 loops centered on the back. For additional loops add ~ $2 per loop.

HH ~ CHIEF RED CLOUD

(Photo Pending) This famous Chief wore a high arch top, double drop loop, Single Action holster with a 7 1/2″ barrel. His gun belt was 2 1/4″ wide with a square nickel buckle. Both holster and belt had Native American stamps, worked with hand cut jewelry tools. Red Cloud did time as a Scout and was proud to be in Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West show ~ $274.95

HH ~ CHIEF AMERICAN HORSE

(Photo Pending) This Chief was portrayed in several western movies, was a U.S. Cavalry scout, and ended up in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. His holster has a single wide drop loop pointing down and tooled with a super nova design. American Horse had seen this depiction on a petroglyph near a cliff dwelling of the ancient ones and it was big medicine. ~ $274.95

HH ~ CHIEF RED SHIRT

Chief Red Shirt’s gun leather sold at auction for several thousand dollars. It had a multiple drop loop holster with fringe along the stitch line and three large domed brass studs at the throat. The gun belt was billeted and also had antique domed brass studs. Red Shirt also was in Cody’s Wild West show ~ $374.95

HH – APACHE SCOUT

APACHE SCOUT

Numerous Apaches served as loyal scouts for the U.S. Cavalry. They were often issued nickel guns for two reasons. One they looked flashy and nice and the other was that the Apaches were not fond of cleaning up the black powder mess from firing the guns. Nickel plating resisted corosion. Captain Jack had many scouts with him and they were often photographed. Tooled, double drop loop holster, belt and buckle ~ $274.95

IP – INDIAN POLICE

INDIAN POLICE

This set was adapted from an original certified Reservation Indian Police rig sold to a back country Colorado pawn shop by an Indian from the reservation. Includes our BJ-34 Indian geometric buckle, lined single drop loop holster with inlaid, solid brass, antique engraved star studs and matching gun belt with alternating stars and large domed conchos. ~ $399.95. Folded Indian large pouch sheath with matching studs ~ 149.95 (knife not included)

TWB – TONKAWA WAR BELT

TONKAWA WAR BELT

TONKAWA WAR BELT

This year’s old west research trip took us through Ponca City, OK. At a trading post there we were able to obtain a genuine TONKAWA Indian war belt. Tonkawa is a term meaning “they all stay together.” This tribe was a nomadic buffalo hunting group whose warriors wore protective leather jackets, breastplates, and  caps decorated with horn and brilliant plumage. A picture taken in 1871 shows a Tonkawan, with a long belt made of round large and small silver conchos. Texas Ranger Rip Ford claimed to have witnessed Tonkawas celebrating victory with a feast of their fallen enemy (fixed as a stew with potatoes and carrots). The photo to the left with the belt is Chief Johnson who also scouted for the Texas Rangers and the U.S. Cavalry. The belt can be made adjustable with lace ties at both ends or a tongue and buckle end. POR

NWB – NAVAJO WAR BELT

(Photo Pending) Visiting an Indian Trading Post just outside of Monument Valley, Utah we found a genuine Navajo War Belt. This belt had a tapered tongue and buckle end with a solid brass 2 1/2″ clipped corner buckle and many large and small decorative conchos. POR

 SWC – SIOUX WAR CHOKER

SIOUX WAR CHOKER

Chief Dan American Indian made in the USA. The bone is hand drilled American Buffalo carefully antiqued and countersunk to fit the authentic Czeck glass beads. Deerskin thongs hold this museum quality piece together and the rosette is select genuine rainbow shell. If this is to be worn, measure around the neck to get a comfortable fit. Very limited production ~ $174.95

WBP – WAR BREAST PLATE

WAR BREAST PLATE

Matching war breast plate to the above choker, this large approximately 14″ x 19″ plate is something to behold. Because of the careful construction and countersinking of the beads to the American buffalo bones this plate has very little sag. Our original is held up with only two shirt pins on the wall and is destined for a museum someday. As shown ~ $499.95 plus shipping and handling.

RCWC – RED CLOUD WAR CHOKER

CHIEF RED CLOUD

Another authentic old west design by Chief Dan.  This countersunk American Buffalo bone is white and soft deerskin thongs hold it together behind your neck.  the rosette is select genuine rainbow shell. If this is to be worn, measure around the neck to get a comfortable fit. Very limited production ~ $174.95

MILITARY COLLECTION

TRUSN ~ TEDDY ROOSEVELT 1892 FLAP HOLSTER & GUN BELT

Many folks don’t know that when the USS Maine was blown up in the Havana, Cuba Harbor in February 1898 this was a leading cause of American entering the Spanish-American war in April of the same year. Divers recovered the Ship Captain’s 1892 Colt revolver in .38 Long Colt caliber and gave it to Roosevelt who wore it in revenge as he lead the “Rough Riders” attacking San Juan Hill. This set consists of a reproduction of the correct military flap holster for this gun. Also the 1 3/4″ gun belt and two piece buckle. Holster and belt ~ $349.95. With the correct USN in an oval embossed on the holster flap add ~ $10. You can choose a snap or Sam Browne stud to close the flap.

#HH INDIAN WARS BLACK FLAP HOLSTER & GUN BELT

Indian Wars Black Leather Holster

Indian Wars Black

Conversion holster designed by the U.S. Military to fit S&W Schofield, S&W # 3 (Beretta Laramie) or Colt Single Action Army.  Available in 5 ½” or 7 ½” in Black or Brown, Right or left side, butt forward or to the back ~ $169.95. or toe plug add $20.

Indian Wars 1 3/4″ gun belt (non riveted design) and 2 piece buckle with NO loops ~ $149.95. For loops add $2 each.  Pistol cartridge box  or bullet box is not included but can be ordered separately. Indian Wars set with butt to the rear and (US) marked cartridge box shown in Walnut color below.

INDIAN WARS BUTT TO THE REAR

INDIAN WARS BUTT TO THE REAR

HH- 1872 INDIAN WARS CARTRIDGE BELT

1872 INDIAN WARS

1872 INDIAN WARS

Often found in leather or canvas and varies from 18 to full loops for cartridges. Crisp 1872, two piece, US buckle cast from an original. Many civilian copies were mae and worn by both military and cowboys. Unique tongue loop allows bullets from end to end if desired. Belt and two piece buckle with NO loops ~ $149.95. Bullet loops can be added in your caliber for $2 each.

HH-BURGESS FAIR WEATHER CHRISTIAN CAVALRY BELT

This non regulation belt was frequently used by the Cavalry while in the field. The belt has loops for the 45.70 rifle, and an attached drop loop on the left for ten .45 Long Colt pistol cartridges. These belts were usually crafted by the Cavalry Fort saddlers as needed. This resulted in the trooper no longer having to wear the cumbersome cartridge boxes and the bullets were easier to get to for reloading. These belts were frequently used up to and beyond 1877 when an official cartridge belt was adopted. Gun belt with 18 loops ~ $174.95. Add loops for $2 per loop. For the drop loop ten cartridge attachment ~ $29.95. This makes one really impressive gun belt and both civilians and scouts wore these also in black or brown.

#HH- INDIAN WARS BROWN FLAP HOLSTER

Indian Wars Brown

Indian Wars Brown

Same features as the black holster above. Used during the Indian and Spanish American Wars. Went up San Juan Hill with Teddy Roosevelt. Also available in 5 ½” or 7 ½” in Black or Brown,left or right side, butt forward or back. Non riveted design. Great for old west reenactments or flap field holster for hunting without a toe plug. ~ $169.95. With military 1 3/4″ belt and buckle check price above. (non riveted design). For toe plug add $20. Pistol cartridge box or bullet box is not included but can be ordered separately.

HH- BUFFALO SOLDIERS SET

Buffalo Soldiers were the 10th Cavalry Regiment of the U.S. Army. This nickname was given to the Black Cavalry by Native American tribes who fought in the Indian Wars. The men of the Buffalo Soldiers were also the only African Americans that fought in Cuba during the Spanish American war. This basic set consists of the Indian Wars belt with solid brass belt hooks that could be used for suspenders, with a rectangular US two piece buckle, a butt forward, half flap holster that will fit a Colt SAA or an S&W Schofield, and an early cap box that was used to carry pistol cartridges. The set above as shown  ~ $404.80.  For toe plug add $20.

Available separately: Belt~$174.95, without brass hooks~ $149.95. Holster with toe plug~ $169.90, without toe plug~ $149.95, . Buckle~ $49.95. Bullet or cap box with embossed US~ $99.95, without embossed US ~ $59.95.

HH ~ DELUXE UNION SET

Special detailed flap holster, butt forward or cross draw. Edge scroll tooling and strap and tap closure. Military gun belt with two piece buckle, bullet box, cap box, powder flask, & flask belt pouch. POR

HH ~ FORSYTHE U.S. CAVALRY HOLSTER

Several experimental holsters and gun belts were tied out on the American frontier for the Colt Single Action and the Smith & Wesson Schofield. The holster had a generous skirt on the back that was able to accommodate any width of belt. This back skirt was secured to the holster by a small brass center bar buckle and keeper.  Holster ~ $149.95. For large U.S. stamp in an oval add ~ $10. Many civilian harness makers made civilian copies of this popular holster. Available in any color on our home page. We get help making these and can deliver them within a few weeks. For a custom built one add $49.95 and 6-7 month back order.

HH ~ ROPES PATTERN U.S. CAVALRY HOLSTER

A much desired holster by the Cavalry on the Western frontier.  Will fit a Colt SAA or S&W Schofield. The belt loop  accommodates almost any width belt . The feature most liked by the Cavalry were the additional bullet loops out of the weather under the holster flap. Soldiers were fond of saying “You can never have enough bullets.” Holster ~ $174.95. For large U.S. stamp in an oval add ~ $10. Many civilian harness makers made civilian copies of this popular holster. Available in any color on our home page. We get help making these and can deliver them within a few weeks. For a custom built one add $49.95 and 6-7 month back order.

 

 

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