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Help to "ID" 1935 Czech/Polish/Austrian Holster

I picked up a holster which looks to be Czech Army dated 1935. (photo links at bottom of this page) It is green cloth and tan leather. The seller said it was a Polish "Zi 35" holster (whatever that would be). Inside is ink stamped "ZI ? 35"
It is marked (die stamped) on the belt loop with the name below.
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Továrna na usnê v Trebechoviclch r/
BRATRI VITOUSKOVI
(not sure of the spelling of the last word in the first line)
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I have also drawn what it looks like as there are accents over some of the letters. Photo link:
http://pic12.picturetrail.com/VOL439/2051017/6962233/90206601.jpg
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  I originally thought it was for a Nagant revolver. But Andy in Slovakia supplied me with the following information:
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"ZI lion 35 should be a Czechoslovakian army proof, that could be seen on any KOMO marked bards of Vz.24 bayos, but it could be a export to other country? I know that many Rast Gasser revolvers were in CS Army, so it could be for this revolver?
The maker name is "Factory for leather in Trebechovice, Brothers Vitousek"
best regards, Andy"
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The Rast-Gasser holster shown in "Military Holsters of World War II" by Eugene Bender..
Photo link to picture:
Austrian Rast-Gasser
http://pic12.picturetrail.com/VOL439/2051017/6962233/90323823.jpg
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is very similar to my holster, but another holster collector believes the holster shown in Mr. Bender's book is not for a Rast-Gasser but is an Austrian WWI Luger holster.
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It makes more sense my holster would be for a Luger than a Rast-Gasser in Czechoslovakia in 1935.
My holster came from Belarus (capital Minsk) a former Russian state. The seller has/had several of these holsters on eBay. My holster has no cleaning rod provision, no magazine pouch, and no cartridge loops or pouch.
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So can anyone "ID" this holster, what is for, a Rast-Gasser, Luger, or Nagant?

David Franchi
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Photos of my holster
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Belt Loop Marking.
http://pic12.picturetrail.com/VOL439/2051017/6962233/90206596.jpg
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"Zi 35" Ink Stamp
http://pic12.picturetrail.com/VOL439/2051017/6962233/90206599.jpg
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Front View.
http://pic12.picturetrail.com/VOL439/2051017/6962233/90206787.jpg
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Rear View.
http://pic12.picturetrail.com/VOL439/2051017/6962233/90206872.jpg
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Holster Open.
http://pic12.picturetrail.com/VOL439/2051017/6962233/90206714.jpg
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Inside View.
http://pic12.picturetrail.com/VOL439/2051017/6962233/90206603.jpg
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Open with Nagant inside.
http://pic12.picturetrail.com/VOL439/2051017/6962233/90207090.jpg
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Nagant on top of holster.
http://pic12.picturetrail.com/VOL439/2051017/6962233/90206981.jpg
 

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David,
I don't think I will be much help, but I would swear that holster is for a Rast Gasser although the markings make that questionable. Did you purchase that holster from a guy named Mogilev? on e-bay? If so, What did he say it was? This guy doesn't have a great reputation. Oh well, I'm sure one of the experts here will come up with something definitive!

Dave
 
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