NO DOUBT, if the man was striding with a purpose and swinging his hands as he walked, he'd lop-off his left thumb!That unsheathed toothpick might cause some blood loss.
Hickok surely dressed for the occasion whenever he could. If he was involved in outdoor activities, formal attire would not have been practical, and vice-versa.One of JB Hickok's biographers Joseph Rosa suspected that the knife, belt, and coat may have been photographer's props. He points out citing several eye witness accounts that Hickok usually dressed quite fashionably in a Prince Albert coat, and carried his twin Colt Navies tucked in a sash.
Agree 100%.Hickok surely dressed for the occasion whenever he could. If he was involved in outdoor activities, formal attire would not have been practical, and vice-versa.
I have long believed that the majority of visible guns in non-law enforcement related old photographs were props.
Particularly those taken of cowboys, and young men headed to the gold fields aspiring to become miners