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01-15-2007 09:23 PM
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Nice slings! IIRC, a lot of NZ (and also Australian) web gear during WWII was Canadian-produced.
FWIW ... and you may already be aware of this ... the maker-mark ZL&T Ltd stands for Zephyr Looms and Textiles Limited, of Peterborough, Ontario, which was the largest Canadian manufacturer of web gear.
The other most commonly seen Canadian maker-mark on web gear is MS&U Ltd - Montreal Suspender and Umbrellas Limited.
Woods Manufacturing Company Limited was primarily a producer of canvas goods (like rifle action covers, gasmask bags, kit (duffle) bags, tents and such) and is still in business as Woods Canada Limited - likely our largest producer of tents, sleeping bags and such stuff, though materials like ripstop nylon are the norm nowadays, of course.
The MW&S Ltd mark is, indeed, British - as evidenced by the Broad Arrow standing alone - though I can't recall the full company name it represents ....