Origin: Suggested Comanche or Apache, or possibly western frontier
Date: 19th Century
Media: Commercial hide, brass and steel rivets
Dimensions: 7.25″ x 4.5″ as worn (without fringe)
Description: This early and small holster must have been for a small gun, like a derringer pistol. The holster was made from old boot leather. The eyelets for the shoe can be seen on the backside photo. A variety of rivets have been added for a showy look. The braids hang down without anything added to them and they terminate with a point. The additions of the rivets, tacks and braids seems to suggest a Native creation and this has been the general impression. Most that have more knowledge than I do suggest Comanche or Apache.
The pistol carry portion comes out of the strap that secures it, opening the piece all the way up. There are two different locations for feeding a belt through. This holster may have been meant for inside the vest on the chest, or even on the leg. It has really wonderful age and patina overall.
Condition: Condition is original with no restoration.