Animal’s leather article reminded me about something I’ve been wanting to ask the expert Glibs for some time. I am custodian of a family heirloom, a Colt .45 Single Action Army revolver that belonged to my great-grandfather. I also have the original flap holster which has an elaborate embossing that I can’t make out.
I scanned the embossing which looks to me like:
Left side: “I” or “J”.
Middle: “S” intertwined with a “G” or “Q”.
Right side: “C” and little “o”. Perhaps “Co.”?
All over a flattened “8” with a bow on the left side.
My great-grandfather lived in the Chicago, Illinois area so the “I” may stand for “Illinois”.
Does anyone here recognize the embossing?