Bought this just a month or two ago. It is supposed to be (according to the seller) an Israeli holster for the Luger pistol. If it is, it was probably used in the war of independence. What do you think?
Jim, I don't know as these early birdcage type snaps can be strictly blamed on the Germans although it IS likely. These snaps were spread far and wide throughout Europe, the USA and the whole World for all I know but were they made by just Germany or perhaps several more countries as well? I think it would require a little patent research to actually pin it down. I know they could easily travel...But these were used relatively early? They are much harder/more complicated to set than the later solid dome snaps or the US military types you see . When was Israel formed? 1947? I would think by then a much different snap would have been readily available. I would dearly love to find a number of these snaps unused...for restoration purposes. Even this many years later, I bet there is a box of them on a shed shelf somewhere in the World.
Jerry, maybe I should correct myself and say, "I've only seen the birdcage type snaps, with the 4 propellers, on German holsters made in the 1920s or very early '30s." As best as I can remember these holsters having this type of snap were commercial examples." Best regards, JIM
Jim, No course correction needed Jim! I guess what I am saying Germany was a large industrial concern. Anything they made must have been spread to almost anywhere for use on most anything. I have seen these snaps on tool pouches of early Luger holsters..Dutch holsters too.
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