We were excited to find this latest edition to the JohnLowin Revival collection. Originally, this leather case was for carrying a World War 2 trenching tool, plus a bayonet, which could be attached to the handle of the tool to enable it to be used to probe for mines.
I have not been able to confirm the nationality but it has been suggested it might have been Belgium. The hole in the base of the bag was to allow for the handle of the tool whilst the strap and buckle on the front secured the bayonet. In terms of restoration, we needed to remove a couple of small interior holding straps to create enough space to make it a practical bag. Plus, we replaced the two front leather securing straps which were too badly distressed and lined the inside bottom of the bag with a piece of soft leather to cover the hole. To complete the transformation into a crossover bag we needed a shoulder strap, so we were delighted to track down a lovely old bridle leather belt that was date stamped 1943. Despite having a nickel plated buckle, rather than a matching brass one, we decided that the date married up so well with the origins of the bag we felt they would work very well together. All the leather and hardware was then totally cleaned, nourished and polished. This historic leather piece is now is now fully restored and displays a wonderful patina, hopefully the next stage of its life and its owner will witness more peaceful times.