A ‘set-up’ found worn by officers and raiding parties.
The ‘08 webbing consists of the shoulder braces, belt, bayonet frog and 1914 leather interchangeable (trapezoid side) small pack. Leather work consists of the .455 open top holster, complete with cleaning rod and the ‘D’ shape cartridge pouch, both with 2” brass loop belt fittings.
The webbing is a pretty good matched for colour set up, with both the holster and cartridge pouch in excellent matching condition. Their are various markings to the leather and webbing items, which I have attempted to show.
I have not disassembled the set-up, so more markings may be present but hidden from view.
All items are with wear, but are in excellent damage free condition. The pack is complete with all fittings, to include the interior central dividing panel.
A super looking set-up that displays very well on a uniform representation.
In the study of photographs of the period I have seen a goodly number of men wearing ‘08 equipment in what might be described as the ‘none recommended way’. Officers constructed their own set-ups for use with their pistols. I’ve seen and handled belts with none ‘standard’ fittings made by an individual. This representation is of this type.
The bayonet frog would more than likely carry a club, rather than a bayonet, something as simple perhaps as a shovel helve, the pack would be used for the ‘grab/storage’ of intelligence/documents etc that might be gathered on a raid, the holster and ‘D’ shape cartridge pouch speak for themselves.