BACKGROUND: At the beginning of September 1939, the Canadian soldier looked remarkably like his counter part from 1918, wearing the 1914-18 pattern khaki service dress and the 1908-pattern web equipment. It was in September 1939 that the Canadian Army officially adopted the battle dress that had just been approved for use by the British in March 1939 and the first new uniforms arrived the last week of October. At first, Canadian troops embarking to Great Britain, were completely clothed in Canadian made battledress and upon arrival were then issued British steel helmets and modern 1937-pattern webbing. Canadian individual equipment was copied directly from the British 1937-pattern web equipment with manufacture starting at the beginning of 1940 and mass distribution began in October of the same year. The Canadian equipment differed its British equivalent by its yellow coloring and the brown paint used to cover the metal parts.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: A standard issue tan/khaki web holster for pistol or revolver with brass fittings. The tan-colored, webbed canvas holster is about 27cm tall and 19cm wide along its top, tapering to 5cm at its reinforced base. It has a fold over top flap with brass snap closure. The edges are reinforced with additional stitched on webbing. There is a brass drainage grommet to bottom. Sewn to the reverse is a piece of webbing about 6.5cm x 9.5cm folded over on three sides to create loops through which three, brown painted, brass belt hooks have been inserted. Stamped in black ink to the interior top flap is a faint manufacturers mark of "Z.L. & T. Ltd." with 1943 date and "C broad arrow", indicating it was issued through the Canadian Quartermasters Office. Nice, unissued example.

GRADE ****1/2                             PRICE $39.00

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