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There was another Gaylord, holster maker

My own interests in gunleather have rarely gone into the 19th century but the Gaylord name kept cropping up on Civil War gunleather and I went looking for more about it.



Turns out that Emerson Gaylord was an accomplished businessman who lived and died in MA 1817 - 1899. And I learned his story from this link:


http://www.missouribootandshoe.com/emerson-gaylord.html


The images there tell one what a genuine Gaylord looks like; and to tell one from a replica one would look for hand sewing on the originals because there were no sewing machines capable of stitching military gunleather during the Civil War. These machines were created at the end of the century and were used in only part of the construction of the M1916 holster during WW1; the rest was hand sewn for that's how it was designed for lack of machinery suited to the task.


Anyway, what especially caught my eye originally, now has brought me back to the story during these troubled times -- Emerson Gaylord was a Republican until his death, and this is that part of his story from the site:



Which begs the question: what will your holster maker do when he or she is confronted with orders from the South -- the Democrats -- or the North, the Republicans? It's in times of trouble that America will find out who its friends are. You know, for this next Civil War . . ..


A genuine Gaylord:




And from Worthpoint, an acknowledged Gaylord replica; notice the marks from the sewing machine on the belt loop. Arguably stronger (dunno, though, I've seen originals that are still all in one piece) the machine sewing is not authentic.



And from the company itself:



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