My collection of Australian produced 37 Pattern webbing is slowly, but surely, growing in part thanks to the help of some fellow collectors down under who have helped me source items that are not as easy to find in the UK. Whilst Australia did use a lot of Canadian produced webbing, and modified the design of many pieces when they did start domestic production, they also produced items that were exact copies of that designed by Mills in the UK and the pistol holster is one such piece. In form it is identical to that made in the United Kingdom:
One thing to note, however, is that in its unblancoed form as here, there is a definite striped appearance to the webbing and far more shades of green than webbing produced in other parts of the Empire.
The rear of the pistol case has the usual three brass c-hooks that allow it to be attached to a belt and to the pistol ammunition case:
The faintest hint of a /|\ stamp can be seen on the back between the two belt hooks. The holster has a large top flap that allows it to accommodate a variety of revolvers, secured with a single brass press-stud:
The manufacturer’s name and date is stamped in purple ink under the top flap, but as is so often the case with Australian production the marking is indistinct and hard to read:
A brass eyelet is fitted to the base of the holster to allow any water to drain out, essential when one considers the amount of fighting the Australians did in the hot and humid conditions of the jungle:
These holsters would be in service for decades after the Second World War and many, like this example, were never issued. Eventually revolvers were replaced with automatics and the holsters replaced with Canadian 51 Pattern examples until the 1988 Pattern set introduced a dedicated holster.