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Old 03-18-2017, 01:50 PM
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I have been constructing a chronological history of
Idaho holsters:

Royal Eubanks started Eubanks Leather in 1939. His maker
mark is EUBANKS LEATHER BOISE, IDAHO.

He sold to Pioneer Tent & Awning in 1949 with a 5 year
non-compete agreement. Pioneer used the maker mark
EUBANKS PIONEER LEATHER BOISE, IDAHO

Upon expiration of the non-compete in 1954 Royal Eubanks
went back into business as IDAHO LEATHER BOISE, IDAHO.

I have samples of holsters with the above 3 maker marks
and a lot of the details.

But, I recently found this holster, shown below, with the
maker mark: THE PIONEER COMPANY BOISE, IDAHO.

I know Pioneer Tent & Awning had leather products, bridles
and such, prior to buying Eubanks, but this is the first and
only holster I have come across with this mark.

I'm wondering if they made holsters prior to buying Eubanks
or maybe when Eubanks went back in business they used this
name so as to not mention his name?

Have any of you seen this mark before, or have a holster
with this mark?

In case you can't read it on my photo, it says:
THE PIONEER COMPANY BOISE, IDAHO.
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I can't help you with the mystery mark, but I have a Eubanks Leather saddle scabbard that my Granddad used with a Model 70 Winchester way back in the day. It has basket weave checkering and laced edges, and that is about as fine a piece of functional leather art as you're going to see anywhere. Eubanks did nice work!
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I can't help you with the mystery mark, but I have a Eubanks Leather saddle scabbard that my Granddad used with a Model 70 Winchester way back in the day. It has basket weave checkering and laced edges, and that is about as fine a piece of functional leather art as you're going to see anywhere. Eubanks did nice work!
I think his work was comparable to Heiser, Myres, & Lawrence,
and a lot more affordable now.
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I think his work was comparable to Heiser, Myres, & Lawrence,
Eubanks,as well as Idaho Leather did some nice work,but I don't think I would go so far as to say comparable to those three. I've owned numerous examples of all four makers and the quality of the leather itself that was used by Eubanks,et al seems to be of a lesser quality. JMO,FWIW.
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Eubanks,as well as Idaho Leather did some nice work,but I don't think I would go so far as to say comparable to those three. I've owned numerous examples of all four makers and the quality of the leather itself that was used by Eubanks,et al seems to be of a lesser quality. JMO,FWIW.
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Opinions vary. One place I believe Idaho Leather excels is
the lacing. I was also just comparing leather in an Idaho
Leather holster and a Heiser and don't see much difference,
but then I'm not an expert either.
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Here is a Heiser on the left and Idaho Leather on the right for comparison:
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