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?