Luger holsters can be worth several hundred pounds, so before you part with your cash, here are a few things to watch out for :-
1) The lower lines of stitching for the left and right hand belt loops line up exactly. If the are out of line, then buyer beware. ( This applies to all Luger holsters dated between 1914 and 1945).
2) The stitching which attaches the pull up strap is continuous from the left hand belt loop stitching. If there is a gap, then buyer beware ( This applies to all Luger holsters dated between 1914 and 1945).
3) The Walther P.38 pistol was adopted for use by the German Army in 1938 but was not issued in any numbers until after 1940. After 1940, in order to distinguish between the holsters for the Walther and the Luger, they were stamped with either P.38 or P08, generally, but not always, on the top right hand rear of the holster. If a Luger holster is dated pre 1940 but has a P08 stamp, then buyer beware.
4) After WW1, the Luger holster underwent some modifications in order to simplify production and to overcome a problem with wear of the belt loop stitching. With the post WW1 holster, firstly, the piece of leather which forms the back of the holster was extended on the left to cover the rear of the magazine pouch and at the top to form the hinge for the flap cover. Secondly, in order to prevent the movement of the pistol, in the holster, from wearing the belt loop stitching, the stitching was recessed into slits in the leather lining. Thirdly, the leather lining was stitched across the bottom. This is visible as a line of stitches, across the width of the rear of the holster. These modifications appear to have been made in response to a Waffenamt (Weapons Office) directive, as all hoster manufacturers have copied the modifications exactly.
If a Luger holster has WW1 design features but is stamped up with eagles and swastikas, then buyer beware.
This week ending May 9th 2014, three Luger holsters have been sold on E bay U.K. One or £74, one for £61 and one for £139. All were described as genuine or original and all were reproductions, which could have been bought for less than £30 each.
The first picture shows the rear of a WW1 dated Luger holster. Note the lines of stitching for the belt loops line up exactly.
The second picture shows the rear of a 1941 dated Luger holster. Note the extensions to cover the magazine pouch and form the hinge for the flap cover. Also note the P08 stamp and the line of stitching for the leather liner.
The third picture shows the exposed stitching of the belt loops on a WW1 Luger holster. Note the abrasions to the right hand stitching caused by the pistols safety catch lever.
The fourth picture shows the recessed belt loop stitching of a 1941 dated Luger holster.
The fifth picture shows a 1937 dated Luger holster. Note that there is no P08 stamp.
Luger Holsters. How to spot the fakes.
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9 May 2014
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