Updated: Dec 26, 2022
This single restoration will take several of my posts off the list; I wrote 'early and often' about Tom and it was my quest to find out which Indians' holster I owned at the time -- it is the Texan's -- that resulted in the research forming Holstory the Book. In no particular order of significance:
His holster of circa 1920 is, on the evidence, by an Arizona saddlery called Egland & Frankenpohl, is on the cover of the Second Edition along with one of his three revolvers. Both men formerly had been with Arizona Saddlery prior to 1919 when they set up shop in a town frequented by Tom himself, Douglas AZ; where he had joined the U.S. Army to serve WW1.
He is mentioned in two places in Sam Myres' first gunleather catalog that was 1930:
Above undated and likely on his NM ranch; below he is with Texas Ranger Lee Trimble:
Below, the badges he would have worn but these are not necessarily his examples except the first; which itself is troubling because these badges, made in California, were not issued with the deputy's name on them. Below, EPSO:
Below, a U.S. Treasury badge; it was Frank Hamer's. The badge held in The Autry museum with Tom's name on it was surely his but is not a genuine Treasury badge; it's more of an 'homage' to the real thing:
And an EPPD badge, below. Tom's, worn on his cap, was number 42.
And the Border medal which he received late in life simply for being enlisted at that time. There is a case for Tom having been a spy for then-Lieutenant Patton for the Cardenas Ranch raid in MX 1916, when he joined the U.S.A.:
Tom's stint as a Customs inspector led to major coverage of his valor against smugglers; the trouble being that the articles all were written by his captive newspaper reporter Eugene Cunningham and even the head of Customs disavowed the tales as myths:
Read more in my book titled "Holstory -- Gunleather of the Twentieth Century -- the Second Edition" that is available at www.holstory.com and printed for you/shipped to you in USA.