Wild Rose Trading Co - Holster #9

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photo by Gar Paul Johnston - Mike Venturino collection

The California or "Slim Jim" style of holster if not originated by Main and Winchester of San Francisco, CA, was brought to it's highest form by them. It was originally designed for cap and ball revolvers such as the Colt Model 1849 and the elegant Colt Navy Model of 1851 (that's a Cimarron FA Co. Colt 1872 Open Top riding in this holster) . This was the "Classic" western holster prior to the appearance of the Mexican Loop holster of the 1870's. After being adapted to fit the cartridge arms then appearing, it continued to be worn by such gun men as Frank and Jesse James well into the 1880's. This holster classic was usually made with a triple recurve throat, full contoured main seam, sewn in tear drop toe plug, and a riveted and sewn belt loop. The Slim Jim was often decorated with full incised carving as seen here, but was also made with border and rosette stamping of various styles. Also shown are our early style shotgun chaps, belt pouch, spur straps, percussion style belt, and Plains Indian style knife sheath. The holster is in our dark mahogany finish.

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