1940s service belt

Here’s a rather interesting find – 40s service belt, European origin.

By no means a masterpiece of leather crafting, but I think the details are quite interesting.

Just finished refurbishing:

The leather is thick, and of vegetable tannage.

The grain texture tells me this is a ‘bridle’ leather of some description.

Certainly since the leather is still supple & the grain growth hasn’t popped up at all after almost 70 years, the hide from which this belt was made was heavily curried & setted.

Even though it was a poor soldier’s work-belt, the leather utilised in those days still compares very favourably to most of what’s commonly available nowadays.

The double-prong buckle, although slightly eroded with time, is nicely textured.

The stitching isn’t Terry Dear quality & are somewhat discoloured, but it is an old-school horizontal saddle-stitch, so I can’t complain.

Interesting hook support stitched on to the back!

The hook has been long lost…

Notice the curious way in which the stitching is applied – the main piece of leather has been split open, allowing the front side of the stitching to sit within the body of the belt!

You’d have to look really hard at the picture below to notice the faint cut in the side of the top piece of leather.

The leather is still has plenty more to give!

A bit of abrasion here & there, but no cracking or rotting at all.

Did need a rub-down with my home-made conditioner and some re-colouring in some spots…not a bad job, hey?

Perhaps I could develop a future project or group-buy based on this lovely piece of history.

But for now, it can just hang out of my belt rack – at 2 inches wide, it’s slightly too big for most belt loops.

 

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