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Snagged this of Ebay couldn't believe my luck. I talked to Mister Nichols he is going to get on here and tell you about it
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Congratulations! That is a beauty, by one of the greatest designer/makers
to ever cut and sew leather.
When he reproduced Tom Threeperson's personal holster he gave me
the prototype. On the left.
Then he gave me what he calls a Brill-persons. On the right.
Oh, and he also made the Ranger style belt for me.
Click on the images once or twice to enlarge them.
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I have a bunch of holsters I have picked up along the way but Mr Nichols holster is a work of pure Art
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Old 09-14-2018, 10:27 AM
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"A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with
his hands and his brain is a craftsman; but a man who works with his
hands and his brain and his heart is an artist." Louis Nizer
And we are fortunate to have several of them who regularly attend this
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Some beautiful leather there guys.

Phil, that "Brill-Persons" is possibly the most gorgeous piece of 1911 leather I have ever seen. I'm generally not attracted to the style of holster with the wrap-around, but that one is an exception.
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Perfect rigs for your barbecue guns!
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Snagged this of Ebay couldn't believe my luck. I talked to Mister Nichols he is going to get on here and tell you about it
I mentioned to skysoldier that this particular holster is not a maker's interpretation from a photograph (though I used posts and screws to hold the cuff rather than the hand sewing of the originals). It's made from an actual Brill pattern for the Colt SAA in 4-3/4" (the other 'exploded' original is a Sessums for the 4" M&P):

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Rather than use the lip at the muzzle that originals are known for as attachment to the rearmost fender, I instead stitched directly through the same holes of the main welt seam. Likely the originals were never wetted and moulded to the pistol, because the multi-layered welt arrangement appears to work in cooperation with that lip to keep the revolver pushed outwards from the fender. I just moulded this one! Hot air drying then makes the holster rigid so the pistol will stay in; it doesn't appear that originals (this one is a 'late' by Rabensburg, post 1932) had that benefit.

Originals are very thin, and very soft. I do believe the lining was left unglued for a reason, so that the fender would fold behind the holster body with minimal resistance; my version is glued according to late 20th century practice and resisted folding mightily.

All Brill copies, including the one by today's El Paso Saddlery, since the era are interpretations and likely from either images or samples left assembled. Brillalikes, I call them, of the same era were all quite faithfully made to a formula spread by its sponsor, Capt. J.R. Hughes of the Texas Rangers. But subsequently the understanding of the cuff being the undermost portion of the belt loop, faded away and today's copies are usually mounted every which way. The holster was a concealment product and very thin, very light, very small, and very tight on the pistol; the welt(s) inside bearing on the pistol frame.
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Thank you Mr Nichols I couldn't have said it better Lol. Kidding aside I thank you again for the holster and the history like crazyphil said you are a true craftsmen and a great leather historian
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Thank you Mr Nichols I couldn't have said it better Lol. Kidding aside I thank you again for the holster and the history like crazyphil said you are a true craftsmen and a great leather historian
Read #4 again. He is not a craftsman. He is an artist.
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Read #4 again. He is not a craftsman. He is an artist.
Sorry Sir you are correct he is an artist my mistake
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Sorry Sir you are correct he is an artist my mistake
Don't take Lucky Phil too seriously on that one, even John Bianchi has been known to call me a mere craftsman (in his 2010 book). It was Kamuran Aker who first labelled me an artist and he didn't mean it as a compliment -- he was saying I was more focused on providing a (design) service than making money (so not a businessman)!

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You’re a very accomplished author is what you are, trust me on this one.
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