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....