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Cabinet Card Photographs299 of 306Crayon/ Enlarged images from the late 19th CenturyPhoto of Horvath midgets by Wendt
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Posted 4 years ago


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Here is an 1880s Armed Cowboys Cabinet photograph.

Both wear large hats and work shirts and (in my opinion) look like real working cowboys although some of the weapons may be studio props.

The guy on the right is wearing a cartridge belt with a Civil War surplus "US" buckle. In his belt he has a Model 1877 Colt Lightning double action revolver. I am not sure of the make of the small caliber pocket pistol.

His buddy has a Merwin Hulburt .44 Army revolver in his belt and what may be a Smith & Wesson in his hand. His large bowie knife completes the menacing look.

If you look closely on the guy with the knife, you can even see the lead tips to the bullets in his cartridge belt.


  1. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
    WARNING TO PHOTO Posters on this site.

    Be aware that there are some crooks out there copying photos from this site, creating REPRINTS and then selling them.

    I would recommend that you use a watermark or oddly crop your images, so that a REPRINT cannot be created of the entire image area.
  2. Richard, 4 years ago
    I have reported that seller to eBay. You should look into having the photo copyrighted or at least your scans of the photo copyrighted. You could take legal action and possibly get a lot of money out of the seller.
  3. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
    Thanks vetraio.
  4. beachbomb beachbomb, 4 years ago
    Looks like they both have their finger on the triggers?!?!?!?! Well trained/experienced people don't do this until they are ready to fire. Could be a mocked up photo type shoot, or real, kinda hard to tell.
  5. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
    You are right beach-- I don't how prevalent muzzle awareness and trigger finger safetly was in the 19th century.

    It is not uncommon to see fingers on the trigger and even hammers cocked in these early photographs.
  6. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
    Thanks flyrr.

  7. BeauxPurdy BeauxPurdy, 4 years ago
    Scottvez, Love this photo!
    And thank-you for warning...
  8. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
    Thanks bellin and Purdy-- as always I appreciate you looking and commenting.

  9. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
    Thanks rocker, tom, savoy, kerry....

  10. Hardbrake Hardbrake, 3 years ago
    Scottvez: Nice cabinet card, I tend to agree with you on it containing props but still a nice card. The revolver in the in the belt of the man to the right looks like a Colt 1878 D.A.. Compare it to the 1878 I have picture on my show and tell. Nice card Hardbrake
  11. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
    Thanks hardbrake-- I'll double check on the revolver.

    I researched this a while ago and settled on the Lightning-- what stands out that IDs as M1878 vs. the Lightning?


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