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SPUR STRAPS FOR THE US ARMY MODEL 1911 and MODEL 1914 EXPERIMENTAL SPURS:  These sets are the pattern of spur straps provided for the Model 1911 and Model 1914 Experimental Spurs which were intended for use by officers and enlisted men alike.  While the army had changed over to russet leather in 1902, these sets of spur straps were available in russet leather, black leather, and black patent leather as documented in the Ordnance Department Price Lists published in 1913 and as late as the 1916 and 1917 lists.  This choice in leather may have been offered to accommodate the wearing of the spurs with dress uniforms.   

Far less commonly found than the spurs, these sets of early pattern straps as opposed to the later World War Two dated strap sets are relatively scarce and they will be a nice complement to complete your spurs. 

I have the sets shown below, each set shown in separate photographs with accompanying descriptions.

 

SET 1:  Consisting of two upper and two lower straps, this set is made of black leather and is in like new, unused condition.  The two straight edged lower straps attach at each end over the buttons on the sides of the spur, and two upper swelled straps pass over the top of the boot one end engaging the button on the side of the spur and the other end attaching to the buckle.  All the straps are full length and the mounting holes show no signs of ever having been on a pair of spurs.  The leather retains a bright, shiny smooth surface with no crazing or flexing.  Overall this is an excellent set.  (1019)  $50

 

SET 2:  Consisting of two upper and two lower straps, this set is made of black leather and while showing evidence of use, the leather is still supple and intact.  The two straight edged lower straps attach at each end over the buttons on the sides of the spur, and two upper swelled straps pass over the top of the boot one end engaging the button on the side of the spur and the other end attaching to the buckle.  All the straps are full length and the mounting holes and holes for the buckle tongue are all intact.  The leather on the upper straps retains a bright, shiny smooth surface with no crazing or flexing except where the straps engaged the buckle, and the lower straps show evidence of wear, but are still very serviceable.  Still a nice set in spite of the use.  (1020)  $35

 

SET 3:  Consisting of two upper straps, this set is made of russet leather and is in like new, unused condition.  These upper swelled straps pass over the top of the boot one end engaging the button on the side of the spur and the other end attaching to the buckle. This would be the type of upper strap set that would have been used in conjunction with the lower chain sets.  The straps are full length and the mounting holes show no signs of ever having been on a pair of spurs.  The leather retains a bright, shiny smooth surface with no crazing or flexing.  Overall this is an excellent set.  (1021)  $30    

(NOTE:  I have several sets of these russet straps, all in same unissued condition and the photograph is representative of the selection I have.  Some have some storage soiling, not wear, just some uneven color.  I will select the best of what I have when you place your order for as long as this small supply lasts.)

 

SET 4:  Consisting of two lower straps, this set is made of russet leather and while showing some signs of use, they are still in very nice condition.  These two straight edged lower straps attach at each end over the buttons on the sides of the spur, and would be a good set to match with the russet upper straps shown above.  The straps are full length and the mounting holes show evidence of having been on a pair of spurs, without being torn or pulled out of shape.  The leather retains a bright, shiny smooth surface with no crazing or flexing.  Overall this is a nice set.  SOLD

 

   

SET 5:  Consisting of two upper straps, this set is made of black leather and while showing some signs of use, they are still in very nice condition.  These upper swelled straps pass over the top of the boot one end engaging the button on the side of the spur and the other end attaching to the buckle. This would be the type of upper strap set that would have been used in conjunction with the lower chain sets.  The straps are full length and the mounting holes show evidence of having been on a pair of spurs, without being torn or pulled out of shape.  The leather retains a bright, shiny smooth surface with some flexing where the billet engaged the buckle.  Overall this is a nicet set.  (1034)  $25    

 

SET 6:  Consisting of two upper and two lower straps, this set is made of black leather and while showing evidence of use, the leather is still supple and intact.  The two straight edged lower straps attach at each end over the buttons on the sides of the spur, and two upper straps pass over the top of the boot one end engaging the button on the side of the spur and the other end attaching to the buckle. 

This set, while certainly used together during the period, appears to have been assembled from two different sets and modified for use by the soldier or officer.  The straps were trimmed to the desired length by the soldier and are not broken and the mounting holes and holes for the buckle tongue are all intact.  The leather on the upper straps retains a bright, shiny smooth surface with no crazing or flexing except where the straps engaged the buckle, and the lower straps show evidence of wear, but are still very serviceable.  A very interesting set that is still in serviceable condition.  (1035)  $25

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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