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Found this at the gun show yesterday. Never heard of them before. The gentleman that had these said inmates at a prison make them. The back says:
Prison Leather
Dean Asbury-327307
p.o. box 16 Eastham Unit
Lovelady, Texas 75851

Very well made. I haven't done any research on them yet, he said he sold a few to some Texas rangers that use them for their BBQ guns.

 
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The tooling is reminiscent of the Mexican style florals that you find on some saddles. I've seen some single action rigs in that style too. Pretty nicely done. Good lookin' rig.

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Prison crafts is an old tradition that goes back to the 19th century and earlier - a way for convicts to get spendin' money.

Bob Meldrum, Wyoming lawman and convict, did some wonderful holster and tack work out of the Rawlins, Wyoming prison in the late 1800's-early 1900s. His work is highly sought by collectors, and this could be someday, too.

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Oregon had some prisoners working with leather until the 80's or so. Mostly specialized for police equipment.

Kind of ironic, isn't it?
 

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gtivan said:
Kind of ironic, isn't it?
Exactly what I was thinking! :lol:
 
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