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Old 06-20-2012, 06:46 AM
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Vintage holster - repair or not?

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I have a chance to purchase a period brown flap holster for a Colt 1860 Army revolver. The holster has lost a lot of its finish, but is complete including the toe plug, flap, stud and the strip that fastens over the stud. There are no markings evident. The stitching is broken/loose from the trigger guard most of the way down to the toe plug. Can anyone give me a value range for the holster? Since it is period-correct but not usable in its current condition, would it decrease the value to have the stitching repaired? Any comments would be appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 06-20-2012, 07:44 AM
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Hnad stiching with cotton thread would only increase its collector value. Machine stiching ( of nylon stitching) would reduce it, to a collector. but many a reinactor would still find it useful.
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Old 07-05-2012, 09:16 PM
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Hand stitching only. Waxed linen would be the proper, period correct material.
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Old 07-06-2012, 01:15 AM
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If the leather has dried out too much the new stitching may just pull through.
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Old 07-20-2012, 05:10 PM
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Thanks for the replies

I talked to a leather restoration expert and a guy who does holster restoration for an old west museum. Both said that they would not try to restitch the old leather because it wouldn't hold. One suggested that I try super glue and it worked like a charm. Since the remnants of many stitches still show, it looks like the seam never came apart. I will only use it in a display so it meets my needs.
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Old 04-20-2014, 03:25 AM
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My Mrs is a wonder with superlgue, she even fixed some trim on the car with it and it worked!
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Old 03-09-2017, 02:14 PM
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The NRA publishes a Collector Magazine, "Men at Arms" with all sorts of dealers listed- contact them on the value.
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Old 03-09-2017, 02:40 PM
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Wink Crazy glue warning!

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My Mrs is a wonder with superlgue, she even fixed some trim on the car with it and it worked!
DON'T get it mixed up with your preparation H.
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