An original 1939 pattern British Army leather basic ammunition pouch in good condition.
This pattern of leather equipment was introduced in the early part of the Second World War alongside the 1937 pattern webbing equipment already in issue. It was intended to bolster the supply of the webbing version and saw issue with second line troops as well as the Home Guard. The pouch is made from a brown coloured grained leather and features a fibre insert which keeps the pouch in shape. The lid fastens with a brass press stud and there are two loops to the rear to allow the pouch to be worn on the belt. The front strap which features the press stud has been moved up by half an inch to allow the pouch to house Sten Gun magazine. This denotes it as one of the pouches which was converted for use with the Home Guard during the mid war period.
The pouch is in good condition and displays well. Please take time to study the pictures as this is a vintage item which may have small flaws commensurate with age.
A nice original item which would make a good addition to any collection.
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