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Old 07-14-2017, 06:10 PM
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I have a soft spot for old Heiser Holsters! I think it is a sickness!
I normally only buy floral carved models, but when I see the triple H rivets (this holster actually has 5 of them), the black enamel brass snap, and the older Maker's Mark, my knees get weak. I think this holster was made in the 20's and is in very good shape. It fits a K frame S&W revolver with a 6 inch barrel very well and fits up to a 3 inch belt. This may be my first vintage plain smooth finished holster. Here are some pictures:
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I forgot in my original post to ask if my timeframe (1920's) was correct.
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I have a soft spot for old Heiser Holsters! I think it is a sickness!
I normally only buy floral carved models, but when I see the triple H rivets (this holster actually has 5 of them), the black enamel brass snap, and the older Maker's Mark, my knees get weak. I think this holster was made in the 20's and is in very good shape. It fits a K frame S&W revolver with a 6 inch barrel very well and fits up to a 3 inch belt. This may be my first vintage plain smooth finished holster. Here are some pictures:
Indeed the current thinking is that HHH rivet heads and the ornate snap button are pre Depression, for cost reasons; therefor pre-1930. So far there is no print evidence of what holsters Heiser may have built prior to Hermann's death in 1904; the holster itself can be dated 'earliest' by turnerriver because of which catalogue it first appeared in.

All the marks coexisted in about 1930 so they're not much help in narrowing things down. Nor has any reason ever been developed as to why there are different ones in the first place. Hermann registered the HHH mark when Colorado joined the Union; yet it's not on most of the marks anyway.

Tho I have located both a Heiser Nol. 6 catalogue and a Heiser catalogue that is supposed to be prior to 1900; but haven't sighted either of them personally (in a museum in Oklahoma City, anyone care to trek over and have a look?).
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Thanks for the info, Red! I don't know why the "triple H rivets" get me so excited, but they do. I guess it is because holsters with them are getting close to 100 years old or older. I don't see a lot with those rivets for sale either.
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