Dating antique peters cartridge boxes
The first example being a period A&F holster, identified as No.6 has been identified on the same page 278 of the 19 A&F catalog with the identical A&F trademark logo with a single belt loop on the unmarked back side being for a Smith & Wesson 32 Cal revolver. This is an example of an advertised A&F holster style, in this case of No.
The second example being a 1909 or earlier A&F trademark logo stamped Holster, made for A&F, holster maker unknown, for an unknown model of single-shot pistol or revolver, possibly a Colt. 9, first advertised in the 1909 A&F catalog, being identified and offered in multiple sizes of basically the same style. The No.6 holster is basically the same style as the No.9, both with closed toe, except for the cover flap closure method of which the No.6 is a direct snap, whereas the subject holster utilizes a strap closure.
The article layout is presented as information and items were located and identified.
However, the main emphasis of the article still strives to focus on the A&F Luger holsters of several leather makers and A&F catalogs which are all part of the collection unless otherwise noted.
However, the claim that the 4 inch pistols came later is incorrect.
Approximately 20,000 old model 4 inch barrel, Cal 7.65 m/m Lugers, including approximately 12,000 old model American Eagle Lugers were made before the very limited production run of the 4 inch barrel, late old model Cal 9m/m FAT barrel Lugers in the 22,000 serial number range.
Also, commercial holsters were generally not as well made as the military holsters, therefore they deteriorated rapidly.
However, apparently the retailer and/or the consigner had a change of heart regarding the pistol and holster staying together, thus separating the two, which was more than likely a monetary decision, taking higher importance or precedence over the collectible status of union.
This identical holster is also pictured in the 19 A&F catalog on page 277, shown with a holstered revolver and is described on page 279 as: No. The catalog pictures a large size, whereas the subject holster is of medium size, and interestingly of a different type of leather than described. The subject holster closed toe uses a leather plug vs. 6 and 9 holster closed toes, which are stitched together, without using a leather plug.
A similar holster is pictured on page 278, identified a No. Heavy russet leather with embossed edge (border piping). Pictured, side-by-side are two original A&F catalog holsters, No.9 and the subject holster.
additionally states that: A&F Lugers are a very rare collectors item. Featured is a very rare Abercrombie & Fitch, a.k.a.
A&F commercial holster for a pre-WWI Cal 9mm Luger.