A cartridge bag strap is a combination of broad webbing in the middle and leather at either end. You have a choice of about 75 webbings and 4 different colours of leather ends to match the colour of the bag; these colours are:- Dark Havana (a bourneville chocolate colour), Light Havana (honey colour), Conker (reddish brown) and Oxblood (maroon). Please see the photo for the colours.
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Cartridge bags come in many forms; some are 100 years old and supplied perhaps by a famous West End Gunsmith – others made by a local saddler to his own pattern – so they vary a lot and the way of connecting the strap to the bag varies also.
To make a replacement strap we need to know how the existing strap is joined to the bag. Usually there are two brass buckles on either side of the bag with the leather ends passing through them; we need to know the INSIDE width of these buckles – please don’t use the old strap to measure the width as it is often narrower than the buckles – over time gravity has pulled it out of shape.
We make 7 different widths of leather ends for cartridge bag straps, so after measuring the buckles, please choose from the following leather widths; 38mm, 32mm, 30mm, 28mm, 26mm, 22mm and 19mms.
Just to make life interesting not all cartridge bags have two buckles, some have only one buckle and on the other side there is a D ring with the strap fixed by a double headed brass rivet. This is no problem – the D ring leather end is one size only ( 26mms ) but we do need to know the inside width of the single buckle on the other side.
Just occasionally a cartridge bag has two D rings – one on either side, this is the easiest fitting as NO strap width measurement is required – the leather ends will be the standard 26mm wide, fastened by a rivet.
Cartridge Bag straps are all cut to about the same length – 50″ to the middle holes. If you require something different please advise.
I think big bags are easier to carry with a shorter strap and small walking up bags ( slung across the chest ) are better with longer ones.
Width of webbing is interesting – the range is from 2″ to 3″ wide. I prefer 3″ and 2 3/4″ for 100, 150 & 250 bags. The 50 bag looks best with 2 or 2 1/4″ width and I think a 75 bag can have a 2″ to 2 3/4″ webbing and still look in proportion. Usually the choice of width is a compromise as the webbings only come in only one width and a particular colour and therefore width, usually catches the eye.
Please choose your webbing from the photo eg R6 x 3 – this relates to the 6th row down and the 3rd webbing from the left and then choose the colour of the leather ends – Dark Havana, Oxblood, Conker or Light Havana.
So I need to know 4 things, please.
1. Which webbing i.e. R6 x 5 that is the row down from the top and the number in the row from the left.
2. Colour of leather ends i.e. From top of photo: Dark Havana, Oxblood, Conker or light Havana.
3. Width of leather ends i.e. 32mms – see choice of 7 widths above, for buckles only.
4. What fastens the strap to the bag i.e. 2 Buckles, 2 D rings or one buckle and one D ring.
Made in our own workshops.