Ersatz 37 Pattern Shoulder Brace

A few weeks back we looked at a pair of ersatz utility straps (here), since then I have managed to pick up a single shoulder brace in the same ersatz canvas material. In form this strap copies the more common webbing examples:imageThe brace is made of a twilled weave and is formed of three parts; the central wider section and the two thinner ends are all separate pieces of material sewn together. As before there is a rubber core to the strap to give strength without sacrificing flexibility. The ends of the brace have brass tips for strength:imageInterestingly the loop on this brace is not made of the same canvas as the rest of the strap, but rather standard woven webbing:imageWhy the strap has this composite construction is unclear, but it has been seen on other examples so is a common variant. The shoulder brace is marked C.P.Ltd with a /|\ mark and a date of 1942:imageC.P. was the mark for Caoutchouc Products Ltd. This company seems to have made both standard webbing items and these ersatz forms. Sadly I have just a single shoulder brace, so I am keeping my eyes open for a second example without a loop to complete the pair.

3 thoughts on “Ersatz 37 Pattern Shoulder Brace

  1. Norfolk 1944

    Nice steps I wonder if these straps being dated 42 were for a co tract to match the issue of home guard web equipment of which the b.a.r ammo pouchs a belt slider for the 03 pattern belt seem to of only been produced in 1942 from the examples I’ve seen ?

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  2. Norfolk 1944

    Nice straps I wonder if these straps being dated 42 were for a co tract to match the issue of home guard web equipment of which the b.a.r ammo pouchs a belt slider for the 03 pattern belt seem to of only been produced in 1942 from the examples I’ve seen ?

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