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Todd
December 9, 2003, 07:37 PM
I read that S.D. Myers is back in business but now I can't find any information.

Does anyone know anything? Types of products, quality, and contact information?

Thank you very much.

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Old Fuff
December 9, 2003, 08:55 PM
I was under the impression that El Paso Saddlery in El Paso, Texas had purchased the name and remaining assets of S.D. Myers. But this isn’t anything I can confirm. I heard it, but I don’t remember where.

Walosi
December 9, 2003, 09:12 PM
This thread from S&W Forum has some info:

http://www.smith-wessonforum.com/ubb/Forum10/HTML/003717.html

JCM298
December 9, 2003, 09:15 PM
I bought my first Meyers equipment in 1961 and still have parts of the set up. Unfortunately, the belt shrunk but the holster didn't. Must be different types of leather.

Go to this site for some current (?) info.:

http://www.smith-wessonforum.com/ubb/Forum10/HTML/003717.html


John

PS: I wonder if you can stretch a 29" belt to fit a 36" waist........

PPS: I see Walosi has faster fingers than I....

Walosi
December 9, 2003, 09:26 PM
Walosi gots slow, crinkled fingers - but, I had just left that thread :) There was another, longer thread recently, but neither of my furiously buzzing brain cells can remember where. Maybe in the morning, after a caffiene transfusion.

Edit - There was some cold sludge left in the bottom of the pot:barf: But it worked:

http://www.smith-wessonforum.com/ubb/Forum13/HTML/009867.html

Lone Star
December 10, 2003, 12:15 AM
I'm the one who posted in the S&W forum. I met Dave DuClos at the gun show at Market Hall in Dallas a couple of weekends ago. He operates as S.D. Myres Saddle Co., but said that he is not a relative of the late Mr. Myres.

El Paso Saddlery owner Bobby McNellis recently died, and I haven't yet talked to his son, Ryan, who now runs that firm. So, I can't say who can best be considered to have the closest links to "Tio" (Uncle) Sam Myres. Dave DuClos said that both companies have employed a few former Myres workers...

What I CAN say from personal observation is that the holsters displayed by Mr. DuClos are SUPERB, and are at least the equal of those by El Paso...and that's really saying something! Even the remarkabe basketweave stamping and the hand carved floral work are of the highest order.

DuClos said that at one time, Myres had operated out of Sweetwater, TX, before moving to El Paso, and he is in Sweetwater now.

The address he gave me is:

S.D. Myres Saddle Co.
205 Oak St.
Sweetwater, TX 79556

He said that he has no catalog as yet, but expects to have one by roughly next February. In the meantime, contact him at that address, tell him what you want, and work out the details. I won't publish his telephone number here, as I haven't asked permission, and he may not want to be deluged by 'phone calls. I think it's a modest sized operation, as are most firms doing skilled hand work. I regret that I didn't ask prices, but assume they're in line for this quality of work.

What I have said here is based solely on what I saw and on what Mr. DuClos, who struck me as an honest man, told me. But I don't know anything for sure personally, except that the holsters that I saw, maybe 25, all struck me as being of remarkably high quality. And I own several El Paso Saddlery rigs, and have seen most brands of holster over the past 40 years.

I think that before long, Myres will receive national attention, and become better known. I hope so, if they can routinely supply work of the quality that I handled!

Lone Star

Todd
December 10, 2003, 07:56 PM
Thank you very much for the information. I will have to write him and get some information. I tried tracking down a phone number on the net but couldn't find anything.

mec
March 1, 2006, 08:28 AM
Some people on one of the single action revolver boards got up a group order from duclos. Some finally did receive holsters but others are still waiting after two or three years. I am not sure how every order was resolved but several people got together and ordered a holster as a surprise for one of their number who had bought one of Hal Swiggerts Colt New Frontiers. No holster, the money was kept and the holster make ceased answering inquiries.

Old Fuff
March 1, 2006, 10:20 AM
Some years ago I was passing through El Paso, and decided to stay overnight. With nothing better to do I decided to see if I could find anyone connected to the old S.D. Myres Saddlery Co. I eventually came across a William Myres in the phone book, and remembered that Sams sons name was Bill. I dialed the number and hit pay dirt.

He was indeed Sams son, and he just got out of the hospital. Ill health had forced him to sell the company, but he was working with one of the Texas university history departments going through old letters and records that might involve famous people. He was obviously in a mood to talk to someone, and I was more then willing to listen.

He told me how his father had started the business in Sweetwater, but later moved to El Paso. In both places he was equally or more famous for his parade saddles as he was for gunleather. I learned that the renowned Threepersons holster had been named after that legendary lawman, but not designed or invented by him. That honor should belong to a Mexican foreman in the Myres shop. However the elder Myres wisely named his more popular rigs after famous people, such as Charles Askins Jr., Bill Jordan, and Threepersons of course. He had many endorsements (with pictures) in his catalogs and they undoubtedly helped increase sales.

At the conclusion of our talk he offered to send me a bunch of older S.D. Myres catalogs, which I was glad to accept. A few weeks later a package arrived in the mail from Texas. It contained a stack of catalogs from the late 1930s through the 50s that was about 4 inches thick. I was in hog heaven.

The current El Paso Saddlery Company is making accurate duplicates of Myres best-known patterns and designs. I highly recommend them as a source. I also never miss a chance to add to my small collection of original Myers holsters, but the cost is going up way up! :what:

JCF
August 9, 2006, 04:37 PM
I have purchased three holsters from S.D. Myres owner, Dave Duclos, as a walk-in customer (I also came to find out that Dave is actually a neighbor of mine). One holster was an inside-the-pocket design for a Walther PPK/s. The other two were Tom Threepersons style; one for a K-frame Smith, the other for a 3" old model Vaquero. I requested that the Vaquero holster be made to ride extra high for maximum concealability. Both Threepersons holsters were carved in a floral design by request. I'm not all that familiar with leather work, but I have to say that all three holsters are, in my opinion, exceptionally nicely made. I had both belt holsters equipped with a retention strap, but you can unsnap either one and invert it with the weapon inside - the guns stay holstered. Dave has been extremely accomodating and attentive to quality and detail in my experience. He certainly has my very highest recommendation. The previously posted address for him is correct. I would be happy to post photographs if anyone is interested.

BluesBear
August 10, 2006, 04:46 AM
I would be happy to post photographs if anyone is interested.Well Duh!

Heck yes we're interested!

JCF
August 12, 2006, 11:37 PM
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Pre-64
March 23, 2009, 05:06 PM
Following are a few pic's of holsters and money belt that I ordered from Dave DuClos of S.D. Myres Saddle Company of Sweetwater, Texas. Excellent quality and assembled to last.....
Pictured along with Dave's holster is a similar one from El Paso Saddlery...note the variances...
*) extra welt by triggerguard
*) channeled stitching
*) 1/4 hammer thong vs EPS leather shoelace
http://i223.photobucket.com/albums/dd56/Pre-64/Holsters/DSC05850.jpg
http://i223.photobucket.com/albums/dd56/Pre-64/Holsters/DSC05845.jpg
http://i223.photobucket.com/albums/dd56/Pre-64/DSC05863.jpg
http://i223.photobucket.com/albums/dd56/Pre-64/DSC05869.jpg
http://i223.photobucket.com/albums/dd56/Pre-64/DSC05865.jpg
http://i223.photobucket.com/albums/dd56/Pre-64/DSC05866.jpg

Gordon
March 23, 2009, 09:44 PM
Thanks I want one (ore more) !

owlhoot
March 24, 2009, 03:52 AM
Regardless of the quality of the work I have a problem with folks stamping "S.D. Myers" on leather when there is nothing Myers about it. Copying the design is fine. Using the name...not so fine.

Photoman
March 24, 2009, 09:12 AM
The old, original Sam Myres holsters are a work of art. Beware of the "new" company using the name. I've heard some real customer service horror stories...

flynscot
April 24, 2009, 05:56 PM
Indeed, the new company is certainly not the old. Sam died in 1953 ( he was my great-grandfather's brother). Sam moved the original SD Myers company to El Paso in the early 1900's and formed the El Paso Saddle Co. The El Paso company name and tooling were subsequently bought and used by another company.

Old Fuff
April 24, 2009, 06:09 PM
Interesting... :cool:

Does the name Bill Myers mean anything to you?

texagun
June 2, 2009, 04:19 PM
My old holster is stamped "S.D. Myres." The newer ones are stamped "S.D. Meyers." Is that how you tell the difference between the old and the new ones? (Ones made in El Paso vs. ones made in Sweetwater?)


http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y46/w5lx/SDMyresHolsterfront.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y46/w5lx/SDMyresHolsterrear.jpg

Gordon
June 2, 2009, 04:28 PM
God Bless Texas, on that piece of hardware!

Old Fuff
June 2, 2009, 05:55 PM
Original gunleather made in both Sweetwater and El Paso, Texas by Sam Myres are marked S.D. Myres. I have no way of knowing how the more recent company stamp their products.

flynscot
March 13, 2010, 01:27 AM
Interesting... :cool:

Does the name Bill Myers mean anything to you?
Old Fluff-- Sorry, I lost track of this thread last year and just recently found it again: Bill Myres is not familliar to me, but perhaps to my dad, so I'll ask.

On the subject of the original works: The local Museum in Sweetwater has a very extensive collection of SD Myres leatherwork including belts, bags, holsters, and of course-- the saddles, which are true works of art. I stopped by there on my way to FFDO training in Artestia last year. Got some very good photos and will post later. Well worth the trip if you are interested in Myres' leatherwork.

Old Fuff
March 13, 2010, 09:04 AM
As you are a descendant of the extended family I was interested about whom you might have known, or what you might know. Bill Myres was Sam Myres son, and I was aquatinted with him. He was the source of much of what I know about the business when it was in El Paso. ;)

flynscot
March 13, 2010, 10:04 AM
As you are a descendant of the extended family I was interested about whom you might have known, or what you might know. Bill Myers was Sam Myers son, and I was aquatinted with him. He was the source of much of what I know about the business when it was in El Paso. ;)
My great uncle (SD's brother) wrote a fairly comprehensive book about the family history. It touches relatively briefly on SD's work, but is a good read and reference about early Texas settlers.

flynscot
March 13, 2010, 10:06 AM
My old holster is stamped "S.D. Myres." The newer ones are stamped "S.D. Meyers." Is that how you tell the difference between the old and the new ones? (Ones made in El Paso vs. ones made in Sweetwater?)


http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y46/w5lx/SDMyresHolsterfront.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y46/w5lx/SDMyresHolsterrear.jpg
Texasgun, the style of your holster is immediately recognizable as SD Myres. The cross-hatched weave pattern in the darker finish was pretty prominent. I'll get some of my pics up soon.

keyboard commando
March 13, 2010, 01:00 PM
Here is my floral carved and dyed Threepersons. This one is stamped S.D. Myer Sweetwater Texas. I bought it second hand from a Texan.:scrutiny:
http://i138.photobucket.com/albums/q274/pistola_photo/M12Airwieght010.jpg

Gordon
March 13, 2010, 02:29 PM
Old SD Meyers holster on an old silver mounted Tony Lama belt. :D
http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i203/gordonhulme/P1020212.jpg

Old Fuff
March 13, 2010, 08:28 PM
The hammer protector isn't seen to often, but it was a great idea. It kept the spur from cutting up a covering garment, but didn't require lifting the barrel's muzzle any higher to clear it.

Now they just cut off the hammer spur... :banghead:

flynscot
March 13, 2010, 09:13 PM
Alright, these are the photos I took last year at the museum in Sweetwater.

Hopefully these will be informative and entertaining and help anyone in determining whether they have an older (original- which I sort of consider anything made before 1953) and the newer pieces. Examining the tooling and detail and comparing them to your piece should be helpful in determining what you have.

I think it's really interesting that Sam seemed to be taking cues from the Art Nouveau/Art Deco period with some of the geometric patterns. Very cool
and a break with tradition.

The craftsmanship is exquisite.


http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c13/bucketscot/SD%20Myres/IMG_0825.jpg
Patterns from the shop.

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c13/bucketscot/SD%20Myres/IMG_0824.jpg
More Shop Patterns.

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c13/bucketscot/SD%20Myres/IMG_0823.jpg
Patterns.

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c13/bucketscot/SD%20Myres/IMG_0813.jpg
Belt details.

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c13/bucketscot/SD%20Myres/IMG_0812.jpg
Belt Details.

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c13/bucketscot/SD%20Myres/IMG_0811.jpg
Belts.

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c13/bucketscot/SD%20Myres/IMG_0808.jpg
Belt.

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c13/bucketscot/SD%20Myres/IMG_0807.jpg
Rifle Scabbard (labeled pistol?)

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c13/bucketscot/SD%20Myres/IMG_0806.jpg
Three Persons Holster.

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c13/bucketscot/SD%20Myres/IMG_0805.jpg
Purse/Bag.

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c13/bucketscot/SD%20Myres/IMG_0805.jpg
Purse.

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c13/bucketscot/SD%20Myres/IMG_0802.jpg
Family Photo Albumn.

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c13/bucketscot/SD%20Myres/IMG_0800.jpg
Sam Myres' Gauntlet Gloves.

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c13/bucketscot/SD%20Myres/IMG_0798.jpg
Purse.

flynscot
March 13, 2010, 09:16 PM
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c13/bucketscot/SD%20Myres/IMG_0797.jpg
Leather Gauntlets.

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c13/bucketscot/SD%20Myres/IMG_0790.jpg
Saddle.

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c13/bucketscot/SD%20Myres/IMG_0791.jpg
Saddle Detail.

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c13/bucketscot/SD%20Myres/IMG_0789.jpg
$10,000 Saddle.

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c13/bucketscot/SD%20Myres/IMG_0815.jpg
Purse Detail.

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c13/bucketscot/SD%20Myres/IMG_0794.jpg
Sadddle Detail.

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c13/bucketscot/SD%20Myres/IMG_0795.jpg

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c13/bucketscot/SD%20Myres/IMG_0847.jpg
Commendation from War Department.

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c13/bucketscot/SD%20Myres/IMG_0826.jpg
SD "Tio" Myres.

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c13/bucketscot/SD%20Myres/IMG_0832.jpg
Myres collage.

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c13/bucketscot/SD%20Myres/IMG_0835.jpg
More Saddles.


Several more images from the Sweetwater Museum. Enjoy!


http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c13/bucketscot/SD%20Myres/IMG_0837.jpg
Saddle Detail.

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c13/bucketscot/SD%20Myres/IMG_0841.jpg
Saddle Detail.

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c13/bucketscot/SD%20Myres/IMG_0843.jpg
Saddle Detail.

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c13/bucketscot/SD%20Myres/IMG_0845.jpg
Saddle Detail.

Alejandro Myres
March 31, 2010, 03:29 PM
Im looking to buy anything made in the S.D. Myres saddle Co. in EL Paso. If you know of anyone saling something please let me know. Im Alejandro Myres. I live in El Paso. Samuel Myres son Of Uncle Sam is my Grandfather.

Elm Creek Smith
March 31, 2010, 05:05 PM
I had an S.D. Myers rig for a S&W M1917 that belonged to my grandfather with gun belt, holster, and pouches for half-moon clips. It was stolen on my last move back from Germany in 1991. I had to get pictures and an appraisal I had done in 1985 before I could get its actual value from the Transportation Office. One of their inspectors said, "Well, it was an old holster and gun belt. What could it be worth?" On the whole, I'd rather have the rig back.

ECS

ahamrick
April 1, 2010, 02:52 AM
Hi,
I put SD Meyers in a Google search and found this thread. This is my first time in a "chat room", so be gentle with me, don't shoot.
My grandmother was Melrose Meyers, Sam was her father. She had one son, my father, I will put a picture of him up as soon as I can, there is a striking family resemblance. I remember my grandmother Melrose talking about Uncle Bill. Don't think I ever met him. Melrose died back in 1982 . My Dad has spoken about an Uncle Bill too and my Dad's name is William. He went as Billy when he was a kid, now he is Will. Lots of Bills in this string of family.
My Dad has a leather suitcase made by S.D Meyers for his daughter Melrose. It is about 24"by 18" and 9" deep and has Melrose's name tooled on the side. I wonder if the museum in Sweetwater would be interested in it. My Dad would like to go on the Antique Roadshow with it. He also has a belt which I am wearing these days.
Thanks for reading my ramblings.
Sincerely,
Alice Hamrick

flynscot
April 1, 2010, 09:03 PM
Well, looks like we are all distant cousins. Cool!

Alice, your grandmother was Mary Melrose Myres? PM me. I'd like to talk to you sometime.

Alejandro, are you the son of Blanche or Robert? PM me.-- I may also have some leads on Myres leatherwork for you, and would like to speak to you sometime as well.

We all have a common set of (Great, Great-great, great-great-great) grandparents: David Rittenhouse Myres (b. 1839) and Mary Jane Dale-Myres (b. 1849) .

My great-grandmother was the elder S.D. Myres' sister-- Annie Earl Myres.

mtngunr
July 26, 2010, 01:06 AM
six years later, me and a pile of folk off a board that doesn't even exist anymore have yet to receive word or money or holster from Mr. DuClos when we were foolish enough to do a group buy.....if the original outfit had ever done that, you'd have never heard of them now....giving this thief press on a board should be illegal

mec
July 26, 2010, 09:07 AM
I remember that a few of the Sixgunner group buy people actually got their holsters but a lot/most? did not. Do you know the percentages? A lot of people blamed the guy who set up the group buy but apparently, he was making fairly regular visits to the perp who would plead family problems or other priorities and assure that the holster were in process " as we speak.."

AaronE
July 27, 2010, 01:42 PM
As one of those Sixgunner folks...I'm STILL waiting for my Holter, Belt, Cartridge Slides and Ammo Pouch. Mr Duclos took my money for those products and to date has neither delivered the products nor my money back.

No word, NADA, even to the point of refusing registered mail. I had included photocopies of my processed check where HE HAS MY MONEY and no product forthcoming. No ethics in that one.

He was long ago added to the short list of folks whom I wouldn't piss on if they were on fire. Be a waste of good used beer.

There were a few folks who were basically local to Sweetwater, who managed to get their product, albiet very late. Those of us not able to get close enough for long enough to hound him are basically SOL.

He should get NO good press, on this board or any other.

halldebra
October 19, 2012, 02:26 PM
I have a SD Myres belt with a sterling 10 k belt buckle set that I bought at a yard sale... I need information on this belt and buckle.

Buckle has G Malone Elpaso Texas , Sterling 10k looks to have rubies in it.. belt stamped SD Myres El Paso Texas.. I will be glad to send pictures if anyone can help me/

Driftwood Johnson
October 20, 2012, 08:44 AM
Howdy

When I first got into Cowboy Action Shooting, Dave Duclos was living in my neck of the woods. I bumped into him at a gun show. He made me my first rig and I have been using it ever since so it has some age on it now.

He said he had some sort of family connection to the original SD Myers company through his wife, although I was never clear exactly what the connection was. He was a bit tardy getting my leather to me, but nothing like some of the horror stories I have heard. I needed it by a certain date for a certain match, and the day of the match he showed up at my door and hand delivered my rig to me.

I have been using this rig for about ten years now and it has gotten stained dark, mostly from lots of use and lots of Black Powder residue. But it is very high quality and shows no sign of coming apart after ten years of use. Sorry I don't have a larger photo, but here is a photo of my rig.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v495/Driftwood_Johnson/holsters/IMG_0077.jpg

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