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leather work

Posted: Fri Aug 03, 2007 10:47 am
by Kate1812
I've just been given some leather work from the two world wars, one german belt which my great uncle took off a german body and two first world war belts. All of them have been stored in an attic and are very dry but the stiching on the german belt has rotted and needs replacing, can anyone reccomend someone who will do a good restoration job on these.

Re: leather work

Posted: Fri Aug 03, 2007 4:07 pm
by Lord Byron
Kate1812 wrote:I've just been given some leather work from the two world wars, one german belt which my great uncle took off a german body and two first world war belts. All of them have been stored in an attic and are very dry but the stiching on the german belt has rotted and needs replacing, can anyone reccomend someone who will do a good restoration job on these.


Well, I can recommend a chap in Clevedon near Bristol if that's any help, but I'm more interested in the belts (being a WW1 chappie) - do you mind if I ask how they look, as some of them can be very rare (ie the 1914 pattern with snake buckle is expensive in good condition). I presume the German one is the standard crown and "Got Mitt Uns", but the others?

Posted: Fri Aug 03, 2007 5:24 pm
by RTB
I recommend John Tremelling, of Horses Through History. I can pass the details to him if you wish, he only lives up the Swansea Valley, so not to far from you. He is semi-retired, but something like this may persuade him. PM me if you like.

Posted: Fri Aug 03, 2007 9:57 pm
by Kate1812
Cheers all,
I'm in the Swansea valley as wel so i would be grateful if you could approach him.
I'll attempt to post some pics of them, I'll just need to find my camera.

Posted: Fri Aug 03, 2007 10:12 pm
by Kate1812
I've just had a look at them, (still can't find the camera) there is a snake clasp one, the other has the lion on a small round disc which fits into a circle with deiu etmon droit.
The german one has an eagle sat atop a swatizka srounded by the words "meine thre holft trouo!" I'm not familiar with the script so I could be wrong on the spelling

Posted: Sat Aug 04, 2007 12:43 am
by Lord Byron
Kate1812 wrote:I've just had a look at them, (still can't find the camera) there is a snake clasp one, the other has the lion on a small round disc which fits into a circle with deiu etmon droit.
The german one has an eagle sat atop a swatizka srounded by the words "meine thre holft trouo!" I'm not familiar with the script so I could be wrong on the spelling


This should give you some details on Arnold Smith of the Clevedon Craft Centre:

http://www.clevedoncraftcentre.co.uk/cr ... ncraft.asp

If the snake clasp belt has two long leather tabs and two buckles at the back, or signs were they once were (as soldiers sometimes removed them to use as walking out belts), then it is a 1914 Pattern leather webbing belt - these in good condition easily fetch £135+. If it's damaged, dry, etc, or has the tabs removed, they can still run £80-90. The other (Dieu et Mon Droit - God and My Right) is a fairly common pre-war practical/dress belt, and was often still worn into WW1 as part of walking-out dress, and worth maybe £40-60 depending on condition (maybe more).

Posted: Sun Aug 12, 2007 1:38 pm
by RTB
Kate, John is away at the moment, I shall try and contact him as soon as I can.

Posted: Sun Aug 19, 2007 10:33 am
by Sani
Kate1812 wrote:I've just had a look at them, (still can't find the camera) there is a snake clasp one, the other has the lion on a small round disc which fits into a circle with deiu etmon droit.
The german one has an eagle sat atop a swatizka srounded by the words "meine thre holft trouo!" I'm not familiar with the script so I could be wrong on the spelling


The eagle and swastika buckle is SS with the inscription "Mein Ehre Heißt Treu" (My Honour Is Loyalty). Worth around £50+ with the belt.

Tom.