1936 Dated Black Leather PO8 (Luger) Holster
A very good example of a black leather holster for the PO8 Luger semi-automatic pistol.
Made by Wilhelm Brand in Heidelberg, the reverse of the holster clearly displays the date 1936 and the pre Nazi eagle of the Weimar Republic.
Unusually, the cutaway below the flap carries a stamped number 7429 which relates to the original pistol issued with it, a practice dating back to WW1 and one soon to be dropped. Hand written on the inside of the flap is BAP11 with a similar text appearing on an attached linen patch inside the magazine pouch. I assume this relates to the owner.
The leather is still firm from its original pressing and all stitching, straps and buckles are intact, as is the leather “lifting” strap. The shell appears never to have been polished with some of the original white stitching still showing. There are the usual light scratches and bruises but really the holster is well above average, the only point of note being the missing stud on the loading tool pocket.