Colt Dragoon holsters are very rare and very hard to come by when trying to complete a rig in a collection. This example may solve such a problem for a lucky collector. This is an excellent example of an original period Dragoon holster made by E. Gaylord of Chicopee, Massachusetts. At an early age. Emerson Gaylord apprenticed himself first to a harness maker and then to shoe makers learning their trades. In 1841 he went to Chicopee, Massachusetts to work for the N. P. Ames Company, manufacturers of cannon, swords, and military accoutrements. In 1843 he contracted with the Ames Company to furnish them leather goods. He continued in this business until January, 1856, when he purchased that part of the business from the Ames Company. He then expanded the business to also manufacture leather fire hoses and machine belting. In 1856 he received orders from the War Department for military accoutrements, and continued to fill orders from that department every three months up to 1861. As one would expect, the demand from the United States government for his goods grew large, and to fill his orders he erected larger buildings and increased his working force to four hundred and fifty men, shipping from eighteen to twenty thousand dollars worth of goods each week. This holster probably accompanied the last order of 3rd Model Colt Dragoons late in the 1850's to1861. No one knows for sure but I can tell you this holster is among the best condition examples ever discovered, showing little if any use other than some crazing of the leather on its back side and it would go quite nicely with a Martially Marked Dragoon. Finding a better one would be quite difficult.