HOLSTER FOR M1861 COLT NAVY OR M1860 ARMY

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This is a military non-regulation holster, unmarked, and typical of those purchased privately by officers or making their way into service by way of early war state troops and in the case of Confederate cavalry by way of militia cavalry companies. This has the military style full flap, but carries the pistol, worn on the right, with the butt to rear rather than to the front as standard in issue holsters. The holster shows use, but is solid, with good color, finish, and seams.

The holster shows use, but the leather is solid, the seams tight and the finish is good. It has a single narrow belt loop on the back, secured at the bottom by a single rivet. The flap is large and shows two holes to fit over a finial fixed to the upper rear edge of the holster body. This finial was lost at some point and has been replaced by a simple wood screw. One of the holes is likely the original to fit over the finial. (We see no signs of stitching for a latch tab, though it could have been held by a rivet in one of holes.) The lower tip of the flap seems to have been scalloped and a line of stitching holes indicates the edge may have been bound. At some point in its use one tip of that scalloped edge was trimmed, likely to make it conform to a different revolver or one that had settled into the holster. We note that the forward upper edge of the body has been worn from the hammer and recoil shield rubbing against it and there is a short horizontal tear at the bend of the flap, and the toe plug is gone, indicating the pistol may have begun to ride lower in the holster and the owner may have simply tried to make the flap fit tighter.

A good parallel for this holster is pictured by Meadows (1987) page 65. That one has the same butt-to-the-rear configuration with a large flap, single belt loop, and straight upper edge to the holster body.

This would fit well in an officer’s display, most appropriately in a cavalry officer’s display.  [sr][ph:L]

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