Each holster is of soft brown leather shaped to pistol form and covered with canvas-lined red velvet; the seams are trimmed with silver galloon. The velvet is embroidered with gold thread in symmetrical foliate designs. Hosters were attached to either side of the saddelbow; they preferably matched the decoration of the saddlecloth and other pieces of the horse trappings. This particular form was in use from the mid-seventeenth to the early nineteenth century.
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Title:Pair of Pistol Holsters
Medium:Textile, gold, leather
Dimensions:H. of each 18 in. (45.7 cm); W. of each 17 in. (43.2 cm); Wt. of each 10.7 oz. (303.3 g)
Credit Line:Rogers Fund, 1942
Seattle, Wash. Seattle Art Museum. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor," March 11, 1982–June 6, 1982, no. 106.
Denver, Colo. Denver Art Museum. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor," July 18–October 10, 1982, no. 106.
San Antonio, Tex. Witte Museum of the San Antonio Museum Association. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," November 13, 1982–February 5, 1983, no. 106.
Minneapolis, Minn. Minneapolis Institute of Arts. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor," May 24–July 31, 1983, no. 106.
San Francisco. Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor," November 5, 1983–January 28, 1984, no. 106.
Detroit, Mich. Detroit Institute of Arts. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor," April 4–June 17, 1984, no. 106.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Helmut Nickel, Stuart W. Pyhrr, Leonid Tarassuk, and American Federation of Arts. The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from the Metropolitan Museum of Art: An Exhibition. New York: The Federation, 1982. pp. 156–57, no. 106, ill.
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