Restoring a very old belt…

Following the steps provided in the leather care post, I began restoring this old belt from WWII.

The belt was unused, due to the strap being just too wide for the buckle – it’s now trimmed down – but being 70 years old there’s some damage just from storage & drying out.

The brass buckle and keeper I had previously cleaned, but looking a bit dull.

The hand-stitching wasn’t particularly well done – a bit wonky, as you can see.

But that’s not really the point here, I suppose.

A little bit of dye was used, but the most important aspects were the feeding and waxing. A light wax polish for the buckle also.

With the waxing, I’d recommend a very light coat.

Pain in the butt to clean up and polish smoothly if you use too much.

It turned out pretty alright 🙂

The belt is a little too wide for my jeans, but it was an interesting exercise!

Back in the closet it goes, but hopefully with this restoration the belt will last another 70 years.


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