FINE ANTIQUE ONE-OF-A-KIND CUSTOM MADE TO ORDER. HIGH QUALITY INTRICATELY HAND MICRO EMBROIDERED. PITIADO LARGE FRAME PISTOL HOLSTER.
FRONT BELT PIECE DOUBLE CALIFORNIA CLIP BUCKLE. CARTRIDGE BELT MATCHING CHARREADA GUN RIG c.The charreada or charrería is a competitive event similar to rodeo and was used on the haciendas of old Mexico evolving from the traditions brought from Spain in the 16th century. The first charreadas were ranch work competitions between haciendas. The modern Charreada developed after the Mexican Revolution when charro traditions were disappearing. The competing charros often came from families with a tradition of Charreria, and teams today are often made up from extended families who have been performing for up to five generations. The charreada consists of nine events for men plus one for women, all of which involve horses, cattle or both.
The sport has been described as "living history" as an art form and in 2016, charrería was inscribed in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. Antique Western Americana matching Holster rig sets are hard to find. This is especially true of South of the Border leather as Mexican leather had a horrible tanning process that did not preserve the leather very well; and would self-destruct in almost no time. In fact, the Premier Mexican Artisans who made saddles used imported English leather.In addition, old Mexican leather items, especially fancy goods, were handed down from generation to generation and saw continuous heavy use until they literally fell apart; then, were usually repaired and continued being used; or, mismatched with another holster or belt. Many South of the Border hombres would use any old holster with any old belt, which accounts for the vast majority of mismatched gun rigs found today. Thus, it is very difficult to find Antique South of the Border matching gun rigs in fine condition; much less a custom made micro embroidered gun rig in fine condition. This leather is the most desirous and beautiful light to medium tan color with a stippled (textured) background on the holster and belt front. This embroidery is created using fiber from the Agave cactus leaves that are hand twisted into thread; and is the same cactus used to make Tequila. The intricately hand embroidered decoration is done one stitch at a time; i. Each time the needle is brought up from the back of the leather and brought back through the leather for each individual stitch creates the fine embroidery resulting in the 3 dimensional embroidered design. Modern rigs have machine made crude "embroidered" designs or use plastic lacing. Note: There are also BIG differences in the fineness of the hand embroidered micro pitiado hand embroidery vs. Typical embroidery found on the vast majority of rare pitiado items. These thin, micro threads are more difficult to create and even more difficult to hand stitch these delicate thin hand made strands of thread; and require the Craftsmanship of a Master Artisan. This rig has the fine, thin, delicate embroidery that is much more time consuming to create, much more expensive at the time to create and more expensive to have custom made to order.
This rig is a unique example of this fine, delicate hand embroidery; and is "Top of the Line" in pitiado artistry, visual appeal and original cost. This fine delicate hand stitched pitiado embroidery embellishment on the holster & belt is in remarkably fine condition, with no wear or broken threads. This fine thread embroidery piece dates to the early Charro revival period, circa 1920's; and has been a long lost Folk Art form.
This rare and unusual unique Charreada gun rig was custom made to order for a Wealthy Charro. During parades or Charrerias` (Mexican Rodeos, the national sport of Mexico) Vaqueros would carry a fancy gun rig and use their pistola for firing off blank cartridges. This gun rig has the early style a front belt piece secured double California clip buckles, which is correct; and is designed to carry a large framed pistola for show. Revolvers were traditional and favored by Vaqueros and Charros even after the automatic pistols were introduced.Autos were expensive, needed their own gun rig, and almost all hombres already had a perfectly good revolver and holster rig. Some of the Charro rigs do not have cartridge loops. However, this one does have small caliber cartridge loops; the tell tale sign this Matching gun rig was made for show, not go; and is a rare Charreada gun rig. The cartridge loops are as small as you will ever see on a gun rig, and have a strip of leather sewn above the top of the loops sometimes found on cartridge belts, to keep the shells in place when mounted on horseback. This shell guard was made to keep the tiny.
22 caliber blank cartridges in place. 22 blank cartridges give of a very loud bang; perfect for showing off and making a spectacle, but are harmless to the crowds. The cartridge belt is 42 1/4 as shown x 1 3/4 wide has stitching at the top and bottom borders, and a decorative embroidered pitiado stripe at the bottom. The two California clip one piece Nickel plated buckles are secured with a leather loops that are attached with 3 Nickle plated studs. The cartridge belt is lined with tan calfskin.The 15" x 3 1/8" front belt piece is finely pitiado hand embroidered with the an Aztec border, en suite, with the popular panel of grapes, grape vines and grape leaves motif; with grape dots extending to the tips. The center escutcheon bears the Owners initials in fancy script lettering, BC. This front piece has the same stippled background as the holster, en suite. This front piece was made with 7 belt holes; the left 4 belt holes are 2 3/4" center to center; the right side has 3 holes and measures 1 3/4" center to center. This holster fits a large frame revolver, and measures 10 3/4" tall top to bottom of the skirt and x 5 1/2 " wide on the back side of the skirt.
The dimension from the inside bottom of the holster to the back top is 9 1/4. The inside dimension across the top of the holster is 4 3/4. The design of the holster is closed toed at the bottom, and lined with a rough suede leather.
The holster a stitched edge and a fancy embroidered border decoration displaying the traditional Aztec pattern made with 3 rows of embroidery. The center holster panel is a series of leaves and vines with a stippled (hand hammered) background created with a tiny round punch. The side and toe of the holster is beautifully cross hatched laced with matching but contrasting dark tan lacing that is perfect. The holster has a back flap that acts as a belt loop and skirt.Many holsters do not have a "skirt" backing; but this piece has a wide 3/4 hand embroidered skirt in the Aztec pattern, en suite with the holster, secured by 3 rivets. Whoever did the riveting slightly misaligned the holster and skirt.
I think the bottom rivet could easily be adjusted to realign it; but I have left it just like it was hand made. This holster was custom made to the owners specification, with a hammer strap; necessary for wear while mounted on horse back; also has border stitching, calf skin lining and a hand embroidered panel in the Aztec pattern, en suite. The holster could fit several different large frame revolvers such as Smith and Wesson and Colt who produced pistolas in. Note the dark areas on the right side of the top and bottom belt front piece are from chemical reaction to the back of the buckle. I moved the front piece from left to right to photograph it with the holster, but these marks do not show when the belt piece is attached to the left side of the belt.As it has been for a long time. There is one small light stain to the right bottom edge of the belt. The center panel of the holster back ground appears to have been stained after punch decoration, resulting in small spots of the pitiado having marks. There are a couple of small spots in the front belt plate escutcheon with this same random pattern suggesting the original tanning process may have effected it. I have not touched them, nor would I recommend anyone else to do so. Remember, this is a completely hand made item, and subject to the charm and other related issued. The back side of the holster is darker at the bottom, a combination of the tanning process of the leather, and sweat and oils from the wearer. The back, non display side of the belt and belt front piece also show some light wear, but the front side of this piece is in fine+ condition, and displays well. This fine & unique Charreada gun rig is custom made with extra fine, extensive micro embroidery. This was expensive when made; and only a Well to do Charro or Wealthy Head of The Spread would be able to afford a finely embroidered custom made to order gun rig like this; and remains in fine condition. The rig is unmarked, as are all Mexican rigs. This is a fine, fancy, handsome, eye-catching, finely detailed hand pitiado embroidered matching rare Charreada gun rig from South of the Border, down Mexico way; specifically made for a large frame / small caliber weapon.
This holster rig leather is supple with light wear; and with a top of the line, most desirous, pleasing, natural tan coloration and light naturally occurring aging in fine, as found, untouched condition. This would be perfect for any Western, Old West, Western Americana, Wild West, Parade, Re-enactment, Charro, Charreada, Charrita, Vaquero, Cowboy, Cowgirl, Buckaroo, Holster, Holster rig, Revolver or Folk Art collection.Or, use as a decorator / wall hanger in an office, den or Man Cave; or hang on a saddle horn, use as costume or conversation piece. BANK DRAFTS DRAWN ON A U. BANK CONSIDERED WITH PRIOR APPROVAL. Due to a myriad of International and U. DO NOT DUPLICATE OR COPY! The item "FINE ONE-OF-A KIND CHARREADA MICRO EMBROIDERED HOLSTER CARTRIDGE BELT RIG 1920s" is in sale since Saturday, June 6, 2020. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Western Americana\Antique Western".
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