CONFEDERATE MAKER-MARKED, ORIGINAL LEATHER BELT HOLSTER FOR A LARGE CALIBER REVOLVER

$6,950.00

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Item Code: 807-01

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This remarkable leather accoutrement is a superb example of an original, Charleston, S.C. manufactured belt holster used to house a large caliber sidearm or revolver. Considered one of the most desirable items of Civil War Confederate military equipment, this flap holster specimen, with its maker’s mark clearly stamped on the belt loop, is constructed of black bridle leather and measures approximately 14½” long when flap is closed. Such an example is rarely seen in the collecting field today. In integral component of a Southern cavalryman’s equipage, this type of leather belt holster was also carried by many artillerymen, as well as officers, on campaign. Holster is a strong example that appears to fit a larger frame revolver such as a Colt Dragoon or possibly the CS produced Dance & Brother or Spiller & Burr revolvers. The following sidearms including Colt’s Model 1851 Navy, M1860 Army, Remington’s New Model Army and the Starr double-action model were inserted in the holster but all appear to be swallowed up in it.

This non-regulation holster is in very strong condition and retains its full leather flap, as well as the flap closure loop and belt loop. Body and outer flap leather is strong yet supple and exhibits light surface crazing overall. Very end of the holster exhibits two spots of leather perforation most likely caused by the revolver front sight and muzzle edge wearing through from use. Sewn to the front face of holster body is a 2” long x ½” wide leather loop that serves to secure the flap. Holster never had a finial and never had a bottom plug but the end was closed via stitching which is still very tight. Double stitched to the backside of holster is a sturdy leather belt loop that measures.

3 5/8” long x 1 5/8” wide and features a clearly stamped maker’s mark of “J. & T.S. HEFFRON”. In 1859 and 1860, John and T.S. Heffron of Charleston, S.C., advertised saddles, bridles, harness, fire caps & military equipments at 269 King Street in the city. Holsters of early Civil War manufacture (1861-1863) were form fitted to the revolvers for which they were made and did not readily accept revolvers of another pattern. This remarkable Confederate-made and Southern marked leather holster features a condition that is simply spectacular. If one is searching for an honest and true Confederate leather holster in super fine condition, this original C.S. accoutrement would make a fine addition to any collection of Civil War leather or soldier display.

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