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Antique Holsters

Holsters predate firearms, with the earliest-known mention of a makeshift holster in the biblical story of David. David slew the giant Goliath using a well-aimed stone taken from a sack: the first known holster.

Since the invention of handguns, there has been a need for holsters to tote them. The first widely used form of gunleather was the pommel holster, which was originally adopted by the military in Europe and then spread to the U.S. colonies. This led to development of the pommel bag holster, which is believed to have roots in the California Gold Rush era when they were favored by armed Wells Fargo escorts.

Early antique holsters like the Slim Jim or California design were among the earliest to bear decorative flourishes like elaborate hand-carved detailing and decorative gold, silver, and brass accents. The arrival of the Mexican loop gun holster into the United States from northern Mexico filled a need for more flexible carry options that incorporated gun and cartridge belts for then-new metal cartridges. Frontier-friendly rifle scabbards and cases made from leather, deerskin, and elk hide carried and shrouded long arms during horseback travel.

From the earliest simple loops to fully-tooled flap holsters, antique gunleather pieces are some of the most sought-after items among Western-focused collectors.

Recommended Items at Auction

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Beaded Sioux Pictorial Holster
May 18, 10:00 AM EDT
Beaded Sioux Pictorial Holster
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$3005 Bids
Scarce WWI Era Colt 1911 Cavalry Holster
Apr 27, 9:00 AM EDT
Scarce WWI Era Colt 1911 Cavalry Holster
by Karlan's Arms & Antiques
Est: $0- $0
$351 Bid
U.S. Rock Island Arsenal Holster for the Colt 1907 Trials Pistol
May 18, 9:00 AM CDT
U.S. Rock Island Arsenal Holster for the Colt 1907 Trials Pistol
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $6,500- $9,500
$4,7500 Bids
California Pattern Colt Model 1851 Navy Conversion Holster
May 19, 9:00 AM CDT
California Pattern Colt Model 1851 Navy Conversion Holster
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $1,200- $1,800
$9000 Bids
A holster for the Swiss Parabellum M 1900/06 and double magazine pouch for a Luger Pistol
May 15, 9:00 AM CEST
A holster for the Swiss Parabellum M 1900/06 and double magazine pouch for a Luger Pistol
by Hermann Historica GmbH
Est: €0- €0
€1800 Bids
Civil War Colt Model 1860 Army Holster, Cap Box and Buckle
May 18, 9:00 AM CDT
Civil War Colt Model 1860 Army Holster, Cap Box and Buckle
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $1,800- $2,750
$1,3000 Bids
Mixed lot of shoulder Board, double magazine pouch )Colt M1911), holster (Colt 1903)
May 15, 9:00 AM CEST
Mixed lot of shoulder Board, double magazine pouch )Colt M1911), holster (Colt 1903)
by Hermann Historica GmbH
Est: €0- €0
€2000 Bids
G.H. & J.S. Collins "Mexican Loop" Holster with Gun Belt
May 18, 9:00 AM CDT
G.H. & J.S. Collins "Mexican Loop" Holster with Gun Belt
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $8,500- $14,000
$6,0000 Bids
Collins & Morrison "Mexican Loop" Colt Model 1877 Holster
May 19, 9:00 AM CDT
Collins & Morrison "Mexican Loop" Colt Model 1877 Holster
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $4,500- $6,500
$3,2500 Bids
Early Western Olive Patent Holster Rig with Cartridge Belt
May 17, 9:00 AM CDT
Early Western Olive Patent Holster Rig with Cartridge Belt
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $1,600- $2,500
$1,2000 Bids
H.H. Heiser Denver, Colorado "Bull's Head" Mexican Loop Holster
May 17, 9:00 AM CDT
H.H. Heiser Denver, Colorado "Bull's Head" Mexican Loop Holster
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $1,200- $2,000
$9000 Bids
W.B. Ten Eyck "Mexican Loop" Holster and Cartridge/Money Belt
May 18, 9:00 AM CDT
W.B. Ten Eyck "Mexican Loop" Holster and Cartridge/Money Belt
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $7,500- $12,000
$5,5000 Bids
U.S. M1892 HOLSTER, ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL
Apr 20, 10:00 AM CDT
U.S. M1892 HOLSTER, ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL
by Austin Auction Gallery
Est: $60- $100
$500 Bids
F. Burkhard Trinidad, Colorado Mexican Loop Holster Rig
May 18, 9:00 AM CDT
F. Burkhard Trinidad, Colorado Mexican Loop Holster Rig
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $2,500- $5,000
$1,8000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Antique Holsters


Rock Island Auction Company

Rock Island Auction Company

Hermann Historica GmbH

Hermann Historica GmbH

Austin Auction Gallery

Austin Auction Gallery