Brothers Gilbert H. and John S. Collins first set up their saddle and leather goods making and wholesaling business in Omaha, Nebraska in 1864, but quickly discovered that many of their goods were more popular further west. From 1872 to 1876, John served as the post trader at Fort Laramie, expanding their business to Cheyenne in the Wyoming Territory. This example, bearing the Cheyenne, Wyoming address was likely made around this time. It is made of brown leather in the "Slim Jim" style with a lightly tooled floral border and the maker's mark/address stamped on the front. There is a single belt loop on the back attached with rivets.
Fine overall, showing some moderate wear, mostly on edges, and some scattered mild cracking and flaking with well-defined markings and tooling. Original holsters from such a desirable maker such as this are rare in any condition!
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