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    Trench Watch Straps and Holders, Vintage...

    Hi all
    Here are some pics of my original Trench Watch straps and holders that I wanted to share.
    Picked up over the years with watches, I have conditioned the leather and given then a clean up.
    I really like all the different styles and designs of the original straps, I find the modern copies always have the wrong buckles and it gives them the wrong look.

    Some of the straps are wearable, but I do not use them.

    I will start with the pocket watch holders, first used in the Boar War and later in WW1, a All leather watch holder .
    The Daptable appears to be 1910 PATTERN
    These two styles were used in WW1 with and became less commonly worn with the introduction of Wire Lug watches.
    Made of cow hide and pig skin.

    1 The Daptable watch holder PATENT 2249/10.
    2 All leather watch holder this one id marked REG 217622 and a 2 for the size.

    These come in a few sizes, for small pocket watches.





    Watch straps made in Egypt

    These examples of replacement straps made in Egypt, or as Souvenirs for solders serving in Gallipoli Sinai Palestine, or on route to the France...
    Not sure what kind of leather this is very soft and supple, maybe goat or camel?.

    1 Leather cover with a snap snap/press stud and one piece strap .
    2 one piece strap, with a backing.







    Constructed of a one piece strap and separate backing
    Advertised as the Kitchener strap, presumably named after Lord Kitchener, in UK WW1 watch ads.
    This style strap is also common on, American Trench Watches.

    These examples have no maker marks or pattern dates.

    The top example is made of pig skin.




    MORE TO FOLLOW....
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    Re: Trench Watch Straps and Holders, Vintage...

    Three more examples of trench watch straps.

    1 CLIMAX Rd No 529337 MADE IN ENGLAND, Top with a backing piece stitched to the strap.
    2 No Markings ,with a Separate removable backing.
    3 No Markings, one piece stitched strap.

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    Re: Trench Watch Straps and Holders, Vintage...

    Next three straps

    1 open end strap marked PATENT No 239.... ?, Stitched open ends
    2 unmarked, with metal loop to secure watch.
    3 Marked VICTORY 52932?, stitched.




    Hope these have been of some interest, to you watch collectors, I will add some pics of the straps with watches.

    Regards Jonathan
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    Re: Trench Watch Straps and Holders, Vintage...

    Very nice. It is funny how much the strap style (not just color and texture) contribute to the authentic look and feel of watches - particularly early wrist models. Thanks for the info. on the origin of the Kitchener name, I was familiar with the term but not the origin.

    Finally, I have a question. What do you do to condition the leather? I have several straps dating from the 1920s to the 1940s but all are dried and inflexible.

    Thanks for the pictures and the information.

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    Re: Trench Watch Straps and Holders, Vintage...

    Hi Paletime

    Glad they are of interest .
    Yes, it is in the details of the straps that allot of copies do not take in especially the wrong style of buckle they use.

    I use a leather cream it is like a moisturizer, it takes a few applications but I have found even with hard of paper like leather it improves and becomes supple.
    The type I use cleans the leather also of dirt and grime, I do not like products that darken the leather like oils do.
    A nice clean section cotton material add it to the cloth and carefully wipe onto the leather and gently rub you will see filth and old mank come off as it gets softer.

    Here are a few of the straps on watches
    I will add some more..

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    Re: Trench Watch Straps and Holders, Vintage...

    really wonderful fascinating collection -like hens teeth these items -also i would guess some of them were in a dry lifeless state when you discovered them -its such a joy to treat vintage leather and quite literally watch them come back to life -wonderful historic items -well done

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    Re: Trench Watch Straps and Holders, Vintage...

    Nice to see some still survive. Eatons in Canada only seemed to advertise them in 1908; after that, they only listed wire-lug models.
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    Re: Trench Watch Straps and Holders, Vintage...

    Thanks
    Yes 90% of the straps were dried out like paper or stiff.
    I have always found it a real bonus to find watches with original straps, I no you can just about bring any of them back into some kind of a shape, it is only if they are snapped that you have a problem, even then you could save the buckle.
    I have seen watch sellers say "it had an old strap on it but threw it away as it was old and worn" , thinking to myself what a waste.

    Regards Jonathan

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    Re: Trench Watch Straps and Holders, Vintage...

    Thanks for sharing the add, very interesting and the choice you could have made in "Fig Skin" always something new to learn...
    The Boar war finished in 1902 I have photographs of them wearing this style I will locate them and post.

    Regards Jonathan

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    Re: Trench Watch Straps and Holders, Vintage...

    Thanks for posting all these. A lot of collectors seem to have little interest in vintage straps - but they are an important part of a watch.

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