Rare Colt Dragoon Holster For The Type I or Type II Revolver
Rare Colt Dragoon Holster For The Type I or Type II Revolver – This rarely encountered holster was constructed to house the heavy, Colt Dragoon revolver that replaced the earlier Colt Walker. The Dragoon weighed about 4.25 lbs., double the weight of the Colt M1860 Army that would ultimately replace the production of the Dragoon. Three models of the Dragoon were produced, with the first and second models produced with square back trigger guards. This holster, with its bulkier design and sharply configured trigger guard profile, would probably been designed for use with either the first or second model Dragoon, with their square back trigger guards. The holster is in very good condition, with some cracking to the finish, but no flaking. The original end plug remains, and the holster remains soft and pliable. This example retains an integral flap-tab, that slips into an integral loop, when the flap is closed. The belt loop, a single, heavy band of leather, is attached to the back of the body of the holster via two, large, original copper rivets. We obtained this holster with a grouping of accouterments, still on a Confederate, simple, bridle leather belt, that also had a rare M1842 pistol cartridge box and Confederate cap box attached. The entire rig was found in Texas within the last year. We have had several Colt Army and Navy holsters, but this is the first Dragoon holster we have handled. These are very rare holsters. The holster measures 14.25″ in length.
The Colt Model 1848 Percussion Army Revolver was a .44 caliber revolver designed by Colt for the U.S. Army’s Regiment of Mounted Rifles. The revolver was also issued to the Army’s so-called Dragoon Regiments. This revolver’s design corrected the numerous problems encountered with the Walker Colt. Although it was introduced after the Mexican-American War, it became popular among civilians during the 1850s and 1860s and was also used during the Civil War. The Colt Dragoon Revolver was produced with several variations between 1848 and 1860, when the Colt M1860 Army replaced it. Total production of Colt Dragoons including the 1,100 Walkers, from 1847 to 1860: 19,800, plus 750 Dragoons, in a separate number range, for the British market.