Old holsters - any ideas as to age?


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jmace57
February 24, 2013, 10:34 PM
I was given some old holsters this weekend. Most of them are not anything special, but saw these two and wondered if these could be.

The first is a Heiser (Denver) holster. The lighing in the picture makes it look worse than it really is. It looks like a big stain on the front and it's not that bad.

The second is unmarked, but obviously of the same general design.

The man whose collection these were from was a big collector of Civil War and SAA pistols. Does anyone have any thoughts about these? The only thing I know for sure is that the man who acquired these has been dead for 40 years. Other than that I have no idea as to the age. Thanks all.

http://i1091.photobucket.com/albums/i390/jmace57/holster1_zps185ca06f.png

http://i1091.photobucket.com/albums/i390/jmace57/holster3_zps4b0a1a1d.png

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rayban
February 25, 2013, 06:40 AM
Maybe the makers mark style can help date them:
http://www.vintagegunleather.com/company-marks/hhheiser_history3.html

They are keepers, that's for sure....if I had them, I would be looking for guns that fit

jmace57
February 25, 2013, 09:55 PM
Thanks for that link. I realize that on the back of the holster I can see a faint stamped stylized S A and below that a 5 1/2 - so I guess it's for a 5 1/2 inch SAA, which would make sense based on the rest of the collection I got it from. Also the link showed me where to look for the hidden logo (at the bottom of the holster under the "skirt"). It has the H H Heiser logo of the type used from 1919 to 1950 and is stamped 410. The type of button on the snap was used from the 1890s to the 1930s.

So I guess that means it was made sometime between 1919 and 1939.

There are absolutely no marks on the second holster.

Thanks again for your input.

jmace57
March 9, 2013, 11:44 AM
Follow up - I just found the markings on the second holster. It is also a Heiser. Stamped 408. (Underneath the "skirt" behind the laces.

Shanghai McCoy
March 9, 2013, 05:57 PM
Those vintage holsters are cool. I have an old Sam Myers that I picked up out of a box in a pawn shop. Fits my K frame 38 perfectly.

Iggy
March 9, 2013, 09:03 PM
Heiser holsters have reached collector status. Don't throw it away.

AJumbo
March 10, 2013, 12:40 PM
All of Heiser's leatherwork is collectible, particularly his saddles and horse tack. Those are a couple of nice examples of basic Heiser "working" holsters, the kind that got used for real and didn't always get babied, so take care of them; there aren't any more being made.

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