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The Austrian leather field suspenders are used military surplus items in good condition. Each pair of suspenders is constructed from high quality leather and includes steel buckles that provide a secure attachment. They are only available in one size, as the straps are adjustable and subscribe to a “one size fits most” approach. The shoulder straps also utilize a soft padding to prevent the tough leather from becoming too uncomfortable.
Though these suspenders were designed originally to be worn with WWII era Austrian military uniforms, a little polish and elbow grease can buff these into a stylish fashion accessory. They will also make a fine addition to any military buff’s WWII collection.
Consider the Austrian leather field suspenders for:
- Stage and theater production
- Movie production
- Dress clothing
Suspenders, known by some as braces, are traditionally used in place of a belt to hold up pants. Invented in 1822 by Albert Thurston, modern suspenders were widely used until they were characterized as underwear – making public displays of suspenders improper. That didn’t stop Larry King, however, who is perhaps the world’s foremost suspenders enthusiast.
They have also traditionally been a large part of skinhead fashion.
I got these to help complete a KAZ57 Austrian infantry kit. At 14 bucks for 2 you really can't go wrong. They are definitely surplus with some associated wear and tear. The pair I got had good solid padding. Metal was intact although the galvinization was a little worn (lots of white dust on the straps touching the metal although it wipes clean with no effort). The under arm straps were worn but serviceable (and indeed probably take the biggest beating. Was able to use it to set up a belt with FAL pouches, canteen, E-tool, breadbag with no problems.
Overall a solid pick.
Cheap hardware! I took mine apart and kept all the metal for another poject, riveting the straps on to a british p37 backpack I got at a fleamarket. Now this thing rocks!
These might also be good for load-bearing on long hikes. Grab some czech belt d-rings from the net and you can use them for holding ammo pouches!
Very nice, usable suspenders. Happy with the condition of these. May buy more in future.
Purchased these to replace a very poor pair that had come with a vintage Austrian rucksack. It's a good price for two, both pairs are in very good condition to include pliable leather. If you have a use for them I would definitely recommend.
I purchased these to replace the straps on an old backpack, and one of the pairs worked well for that use. However, the other pair was so moldy and worn that I had to throw it out. These were made of very high quality at one time, however bad storage has not helped them over the years.