Probably without realizing it and certainly without planning it, I have become a collector of classic holsters.
It started when I just a kid. I would save my pennies and buy post cards that I used to get catalogs advertised in the pages of the American Rifleman. Thus did I first become aware of such names as S.D. Myers, Berns-Martin, Audley, Heiser and of course, the George Lawrence company.
Later on in life, I saw examples of these great hand-crafted scabbards at gun shows and garage sales. Having carried a gun daily for most of my adult life, I have come to appreciate the great leather work that goes into quality leather holsters.
So I have begun to accumulate good examples of the great makers of yesteryear. One of the best was the George Lawrence Co. of Portland, Ore. I have no idea where this maker ever got the leather that he used, but it was extremely thick.
Lawrence's stitching was top quality while the Lawrence design was straightforward and functional. The pictured rig for a Peacemaker came out of a bargain box at the Big Reno Gun Show and shows the perfection of their 1930s craftsmanship.
I even have fond memories of driving to Portland on one of my "walkabout" vacations and ordering a quarter-flap Lawrence rig for a 5-inch N frame S&W—right at the factory.