There is authentic leather and then there is the artistry of Chuck Burrows and wife Linda of Wild Rose Trading Company. Several leather makers are turning out designs based on true old time frontier designs, however, Wild Rose goes a step further with a special process that gives leather an aged look that Burrows calls a "modern antique" finish.
Burrows' 30-year background of holster crafting is tied in with that of historical re-enactment of the mountain man and frontier period. He also has worked as a packer, cowboy and trapper using his own leather gear. He knows what works.
Anyone who loves old leather and original designs should have a copy of Packing Iron by Rattenbury (Zon International, 1993). This comprehensive work has become the bible for students of authentic leather. A look at the Wild Rose catalog shows that they have been good students with many truly authentic frontier designs as well as chaps and cartridge belts. Spur straps are also found and Wild Rose made up a pair of leather wrist cuffs to match their holsters that finish my cowboy shooting outfit quite well.
My Wild Rose outfit consists of a 4" wide cartridge money belt with two rows of sixgun cartridge loops as well as loops for shotgun shells. Now a rig this wide and heavy can be most confining and uncomfortable; however, Wild Rose's rendition is made of very thin leather folded over and sewn. The result is a belt that conforms to the body, allowing a high degree of comfort.
The matching Mexican-style holster fits my 5 1/2" Colt SAA perfectly. The whole rig is aged such that if you didn't know better, you would swear it has been around for 100 years showing use but no abuse. For a truly authentic look, match up a Wild Rose outfit with the antiqued sixguns now being offered by Cimarron.
Wild Rose Trading Company designs, cuts, and sews their leather at P.O. Box 5174, Dept. AH, Durango, CO 81301; phone: (970) 259-8396.
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