Updated: Nov 14
We can spot something really old in gunleather terms from its styling and its construction. And one maker whose products appear often on eBay, for example, is Wyeth of St. Jo MO (below) that are blanketed with the clues that begin with the rolled border and the sewing that varied from chain stitch (the oldest machine stitch), lockstitch that used incredibly expensive machines in 19th century dollars, and even hand sewing.
One can also rest assured one has a genuine late 19th century holster when one encounters one with 'red rot' aka acid rot because it is caused by an imbalanced pH at the tannery. Irreversible but it sure shows a genuine Civil War item from a replica! Because of an outcry from bookbinders of that century the problem was knocked on the head by the turn of that century and I have yet to encounter a maker-marked 20th century holster with it. The leather is actually disintegrating and this is unstoppable/unrestorable.
Read more about the vintage and antique gunleather's place in holstory in my book titled "Holstory -- Gunleather of the Twentieth Century -- the Second Edition" available at www.holstory.com .