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Old 08-06-2017, 07:18 AM
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Leather goods are not my thing, but I will pass along pertinent parts of a brief article which appeared in the August 2017 edition of Ranch and Rural Living Magazine published every month by our local electric co-op (Rio Grande Electric Co-op) for its members in West Texas. It may be of some interest to holster collectors. It was written about the author's inheritance from a grandfather of group of guns and holsters, among which items were two holsters stamped "A. W. Brill/Maker/Austin, Tex." The present owner did some research and found that "A. W. Brill" was August William Brill, born in Welcome TX in 1872. He moved to Austin around the turn of the 20th Century, where he was listed as a saddle maker and salesman at W. T. Wroe and Sons Saddlery. In 1896, he had a son, Arno William Brill. By 1912, August and son Arno began making holsters (among other leather goods) on their own (possibly having bought out Wroe Saddlery). Their holsters were reported to be popular among Texas Rangers. The A. W. Brill Company operated in Austin until the 1950s selling holsters and leather goods. The Brills also became active in Texas real estate and lakefront property development in the 1940s. Arno's oldest daughter was named Idanell, born in 1919, and was always called Nellie. August Brill died in 1954, followed by Arno Brill in 1968. The interesting part of the story was that in 1940, Nellie marred John Connally, later a long-time and popular Governor of Texas who was in the presidential limousine when John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, and was himself wounded in the attack.

This is a link to a more complete history of the Brills: A.W. Brill Company History and Maker Marks - www.vintagegunleather.com California

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Great info,thanks for sharing.
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Good information. Thanks for sharing that and I'm impressed that your electric company, even in Texas, was willing to post something about Guns without worrying about offending some customers.

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A. W. Brill is quite well known within the leather goods business. Beautifully executed holsters of the single-loop design, frequently hand carved in the floral style, and matching belts and accessories.

Ranger Joaquin Jackson credited Brill for his personal carry rig in the autobiography "One Ranger". Jackson's career as a ranger was during the 1970's to 1990's, so Brill's shop was apparently still in production to that era. I have not heard of anything during more recent years.
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A. W. Brill is quite well known within the leather goods business. Beautifully executed holsters of the single-loop design, frequently hand carved in the floral style, and matching belts and accessories.

Ranger Joaquin Jackson credited Brill for his personal carry rig in the autobiography "One Ranger". Jackson's career as a ranger was during the 1970's to 1990's, so Brill's shop was apparently still in production to that era. I have not heard of anything during more recent years.
All indications are that Brill ceased operations in 1955, when August died and Rabensburg retired and Arno was well and truly occupied with Brillville, which opened in 1948 and was well away from Austin on Lake Austin. August sold his (now heritage listed) home to another son in the War years, likely to make the shift to there.

P.S. the Vintage Gun Leather entry on Brill is exceptionally good amongst others that are 'good' and 'not so good' (e.g., A.B. Egland didn't die in 1941, he died in 1951, of tb). It was on their Brill page that I first learnt that Arno had been at S.D. Myres for a year -- the critical year for the development of the Threepersons range of holsters; one of which is a Brill holster.
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I would love to have a scan of that article, for completeness' sake, but a PM to you 'bounced' because your box is full :-)
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Their holsters were reported to be popular among Texas Rangers.
I like to think that my one and only A.W. Brill holster was DEFINITELY owned by a Texas Ranger!! That is my story and I am sticking to it!

They do have a really interesting history.
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If you are driving thru Waco, Texas,,,be sure to stop at the Texas Ranger's Museum!!!
It is easy to find and easy to see a treasure of firearms.
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