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Photo below left, clockwise starting at the top, are maker marks:
Eubanks Leather, Pioneer Company, Eubanks Pioneer, and Idaho Leather.

2nd from left: Royal Eubanks started his company in 1939.
The holster was made sometime between 1939 and 1949.
Cartridge belt by Lawrence, S&W Model 10 4", Marbles Damascus knife.

3rd from left: Pioneer Company had been in business much
longer. Legal name was Pioneer Tent and Awning. They made
all kinds of canvas and leather products and marketed them
throughout the Northwest. Although I believe they made
holsters, including the one shown here, I don't believe they
had the quality or volume that Eubanks did, so they bought
Eubanks. Mexican gunbelt, S&W Model 10 4", Schrade knife.

4th from left: Eubanks sold to Pioneer in 1949 and gave them
a 5 year agreement to not compete. Pioneer started using
the mark EUBANKS PIONEER LEATHER. My apology to the
maker for my amateur re-lacing job. The gun is a Colt's Agent
with Craig Spegel stocks, Lawrence gunbelt, Bear knife.

5th from left: Upon expiration of the covenant to not compete,
Royal Eubanks went back into business as IDAHO LEATHER.
But Royal died shortly thereafter and his widow sold to a friend,
Bud Wetzel. Bud's son, Ben Wetzel ran the company up until
December 2016 when he passed away. I don't know yet if
there is a future for Idaho Leather. Gunbelt is from Cowtown,
gun is Colt's .45 ACP, knife is from Case.
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Old 03-23-2017, 07:23 AM
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You had me at Makers Mark thinking it's about whiskey. :-)

Mighty fine set of holsters.
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Maybe it should have been about whiskey. It would have generated
a little more interest?
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Maybe it should have been about whiskey. It would have generated
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I found it interesting. I can add a few marks if you'd like.
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Photo below left, clockwise starting at the top, are maker marks:
Eubanks Leather, Pioneer Company, Eubanks Pioneer, and Idaho Leather.

2nd from left: Royal Eubanks started his company in 1939.
The holster was made sometime between 1939 and 1949.
Cartridge belt by Lawrence, S&W Model 10 4", Marbles Damascus knife.

3rd from left: Pioneer Company had been in business much
longer. Legal name was Pioneer Tent and Awning. They made
all kinds of canvas and leather products and marketed them
throughout the Northwest. Although I believe they made
holsters, including the one shown here, I don't believe they
had the quality or volume that Eubanks did, so they bought
Eubanks. Mexican gunbelt, S&W Model 10 4", Schrade knife.

4th from left: Eubanks sold to Pioneer in 1949 and gave them
a 5 year agreement to not compete. Pioneer started using
the mark EUBANKS PIONEER LEATHER. My apology to the
maker for my amateur re-lacing job. The gun is a Colt's Agent
with Craig Spegel stocks, Lawrence gunbelt, Bear knife.

5th from left: Upon expiration of the covenant to not compete,
Royal Eubanks went back into business as IDAHO LEATHER.
But Royal died shortly thereafter and his widow sold to a friend,
Bud Wetzel. Bud's son, Ben Wetzel ran the company up until
December 2016 when he passed away. I don't know yet if
there is a future for Idaho Leather. Gunbelt is from Cowtown,
gun is Colt's .45 ACP, knife is from Case.

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Thanks Bruce. Have you seen THE PIONEER COMPANY mark before?
Any other different ones for Eubanks, Eubanks Pioneer, or Idaho Leather?
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Looks like Boise, Idaho was a holster maker's hotspot!
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Still is boykinip. Milt Spark's crew is still here.
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Phil:

Thanks as usual. Great stuff. I don't have any famous holsters (yet), but I love learning about them.

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Thanks Bruce. Have you seen THE PIONEER COMPANY mark before?
Any other different ones for Eubanks, Eubanks Pioneer, or Idaho Leather?
Phil,
I don't believe I have any Pioneer, and only one Idaho, which I recently acquired. I have have several Eubanks, I will have to sort through and look at the marks.

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I really like vintage holsters. They can be a thing of beauty and function. I have collected a few, but do not have any from the companies crazyphil showed in this thread. Unfortunately, funds are limited and I put what I have towards the big 3 companies. But, that is not to say that if I find one I really like at a good price, I would not try to add it to my collection!
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I really like vintage holsters. They can be a thing of beauty and function. I have collected a few, but do not have any from the companies crazyphil showed in this thread. Unfortunately, funds are limited and I put what I have towards the big 3 companies. But, that is not to say that if I find one I really like at a good price, I would not try to add it to my collection!
Thats one thing good about Eubanks, et. al.
The quality is there but the prices have not gone through
the roof yet, like the big 3.
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Phil:

As a result of this fine thread, I now have a wonderful Eubanks holster for my Colt 1903 .32!!! I have started a thread at Didn't have any "Famous" Holsters!!

I want to again thank both you and the anonymous donor who saw my post #8 above, and very thoughtfully gave me this holster:



Oh, yes, I wanted to show the Makers marks on the back of the holster:



Needless to say, I am elated!!!

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An original Eubanks, maybe made by Royal himself.
Sometime between 1939 and 1949.
The 32A means 32 caliber automatic that's why it fits so well.
It was made for your gun.
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