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Anyone have any information about the " Milwaukee Saddlery Co. saddlery company"? (Misread it in my original post, can't see squat)

My friend has a old 1911 holster marked with a makers mark from this company.

Never heard of them before.

Any information appreciated.

Thanks!
 

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Thank you Sir- I looked on flea bay seems they sell for $80 to $100- depending on condition usually. Is that about right?
 

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Those are 'asking' prices - they'll sell for less, 'but' they're a high-quality holster, from a 'good' company, so nice examples will bring a fair price, if clean, and not over-oiled.
 

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The correct identification for this version of US holster is the Model 1916 Dismounted Holster.

For hip holsters for use with the .45 Auto the US issued three types of holsters.....

The Model 1912 Mounted (Cavalry)
This has a swivel on the long drop loop so the holster will pivot as the trooper mounted and dismounted.
On the back is a strap and buckle so it could be firmly attached to the leg.
This was intended to be issued to mounted troops but other services made limited use of it.
This was issued up into early WWII to cavalry and early armored forces until the supply was exhausted.

The Model 1912 Dismounted (Infantry).
This looks like the 1912 Mounted but instead of a swivel on the long drop loop it has a second brass stud up on the loop. This was so the flap could be opened, rolled over and pinned up, giving faster access to the gun.
It also has a strap and buckle on the back.
This was intended to be issued to all services including the Navy and Marines that were not mounted. Manufacture stopped sometime during WWI, but existing supplies were issued until the supply was exhausted.

The Model 1916 Dismounted.
The Model 1912 Dismounted was very unpopular with users, so in 1916 the Model 1916 Dismounted holster was developed.
It was the official issue hip holster for the .45 Auto until 1985 when the Beretta M9 pistol as adopted.
A Model 1916 holster was made to fit the Beretta M9 for a short period, mostly as a dress or parade holster.
 

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The designation for the Model 1912 Holster was: "PISTOL HOLSTER, MODEL OF 1912 FOR AUTOMATIC PISTOL". The designation of "Mounted" was never officially used. There was a holster made in very limited numbers without the swivel assembly that was designated as a "Dismounted" holster, but are rarely seen. Period photos show the Model of 1912 swivel holster being used by all branches of the service.

The Model 1916 holster was made in only the one configuration seen today, and was also used by all branches of the service.
 

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The designation for the Model 1912 Holster was: "PISTOL HOLSTER, MODEL OF 1912 FOR AUTOMATIC PISTOL". The designation of "Mounted" was never officially used. There was a holster made in very limited numbers without the swivel assembly that was designated as a "Dismounted" holster, but are rarely seen. Period photos show the Model of 1912 swivel holster being used by all branches of the service.

The Model 1916 holster was made in only the one configuration seen today, and was also used by all branches of the service.
And you are quite correct about the official designation of the Model 1912 holsters. I always heard them described as teh Mounted or Dismounted versions.
I just looked at the official US "blueprints" for the 1912 and 1916 and they do have the official name as you stated........
PISTOL HOLSTER, MODEL OF 1912 FOR AUTOMATIC PISTOL and PISTOL HOLSTER, MODEL OF 1916 FOR AUTOMATIC PISTOL.

Here's pictures of the Model 1912 "mounted" and Model 1912 dismounted holsters.

1912 Mounted.jpg

1912 Dismount USMC.jpg
 

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The 'Dismounted' holster often appears in early USMC photos from the 'Banana Wars' time frame - note the brass stud up by the wire hanger - it's to hold the flap out of the way.

Even shows up in a recruiting poster from the '20's.
 
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