From the beginning of firearms history it was customary to store the gun in a fitted case which equalled the quality of the gun itself.
Such a case protected the gun during rough travel conditions as well as providing safe storage in the home or campground. Cases provided a protective snug fit for the gun plus places for various other items such as bullets, powder flask, caps container, oilcan, screwdriver, nipple wrench and other items required by the owner. Some cases made for twin duelling pistols could have extra items which would be needed during a duel such as bullet mould, patches, hollow punch and spare parts such as screws, nipples and lock springs.
The cases elegance and their finishing grade was usually ordered directly from the gunsmith and often made with expensive wood and would vary according to the social grade of the owner or by the gunsmith’ s fame. The glamour and elegance of displaying pistols in cases are still immutable: one reason more to collect them, to display them and to show viewers the antique gunsmithing history.