When Frank A. Meanea originally arrived in Cheyenne, Wyoming, he worked as a saddle maker for his uncle, E.L. Gallatin. Eventually Meanea took over the shop in the 1880s and continued to operate it until his death in 1928, making all manner of western leather goods including saddles, chaps, cuffs, gun belts, holsters, and rifle scabbards. This is a very good example of his work with light border tooling along the seam and opening and stamped "F.A.MEANEA/CHEYENNE." on both sides. There are two metal rings riveted into the seam with leather ties for attaching the scabbard to a saddle. It measures approximately 37 3/4 inches long and appears roughly the correct size for a Winchester or Marlin lever action carbine. Scabbards such as this would have been very popular for ranchers and cowboys for carrying and protecting their trusty lever action carbines while on horseback
Very good, showing some mild wear overall as is typical of frontier use, moderate age-related cracking visible along the fold, and a few scattered minor scuffs, signs this scabbard worked as hard as the lever action it held and the owner who carried it. The perfect accessory for pairing with a working western Winchester or Marlin lever action carbine!
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