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    Can anyone identify what country this bag originates from?

    I bought it from a markets in Sydney Australiaicon.







    I would like to buy a couple more of them if possible as I want to use the 25mm wide shoulder strap webbing to make watch straps.

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    Its a standard Britishicon '37 Patt gas respirator bag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeeRam View Post
    Its a standard Britishicon '37 Patt gas respirator bag.
    Thank you very much.

    Would you know where I could purchase a couple as I cant see any the same on eBay.


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    This is the Mk VII which i think is a late war while the one you have is early (i think) but it's close. Also movies geeks loves these because it's Indiana Jone's bag.

    WW2 British MKVII Respirator Bag - Epic Militaria

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brewer View Post
    This is the Mk VII which i think is a late war while the one you have is early (i think) but it's close. Also movies geeks loves these because it's Indiana Jone's bag.

    WW2 British MKVII Respirator Bag - Epic Militaria
    Thanks for that.... but I want the bags for the canvas carry strap. The one in the link looks wider than the one I have. I need 25mm strapping as I make them into 25mm watch straps.

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    how about these? they fit pattern 37 and P37 straps i have are 25 mm wide. two for 8 bucks. would like to see pictures of watches when you finish one.

    https://www.libertytreecollectors.co...idproduct=6312

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    I would have thought that you could have purchased some of the canvas strapping "new" from a place that supplies furniture restorers or vintage car trim restorers or a similar place. I wouldn't have thought it necessary to purchase a complete gas mask haversack just to obtain the carrying strap for making watch straps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brewer View Post
    how about these? they fit pattern 37 and P37 straps i have are 25 mm wide. two for 8 bucks. would like to see pictures of watches when you finish one.

    https://www.libertytreecollectors.co...idproduct=6312
    I have some of that webbing. It is thicker than the webbing used on the bag.

    I will post some watch strap pictures in the near future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying10uk View Post
    I would have thought that you could have purchased some of the canvas strapping "new" from a place that supplies furniture restorers or vintage car trim restorers or a similar place. I wouldn't have thought it necessary to purchase a complete gas mask haversack just to obtain the carrying strap for making watch straps.
    The webbing that furniture restorers and car trimmers use is different. The webbing on the bag is a very tight weave and it nice and thin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by itt View Post
    Thanks for that.... but I want the bags for the canvas carry strap. The one in the link looks wider than the one I have. I need 25mm strapping as I make them into 25mm watch straps.
    No, its the same.

    The bags used to be cheap and easily available 20+ years ago, there were 1000's of them surplus in surplus shops around the globe. I can remember seeing literally piles of them back in the 80's and 90's at militaria fairs in the UKicon, for 50p each.

    That was then, not now, and they are getting harder to find, and more expensive, and as a result they are being repro'd now for the re-enactors etc., so a repro one might not have the exact same weave and weight of material as an original, although will be the same width.

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