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Medical Pouch & Suspender Manufacturers

Posted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 00:10
by Ben
In the same vein as Dustin's thread regarding the Contractors for the Parachute First-Aid Packet, I wonder whether or not any of the members on this board should have information relating to the manufacturers and/or contractors of the Medical Pouches and Suspenders.
Any help would certainly be most gratefully received indeed.
Advanced thanks,
Ben :wink:

Posted: Fri Sep 12, 2008 19:17
by TenthA86
none of my examples are maker marked...

Posted: Sat Sep 13, 2008 17:36
by littlelotte
According to Government Issue: A Collectors Guide, by Henri-Paul Enjames, he states on pg 224 the following: "Like most Medical Dept. webbing or canvas items, it does not bear any markings of the manufacturer or date". He was refering to the Suspenders. Now, I do not put a whole bunch of faith in one book, however I will keep my eyes open and post should I find another example.

Posted: Sat Sep 13, 2008 22:19
by martyn
Hi Ben

Did you see these on Ebay a month ago

eBay Link

Never seen any maker marked myself



Posted: Sun Sep 14, 2008 13:38
by Alain
Hi Guys,
The item offered on eBay is NOT a Medical Suspender - the straps very much look like suspenders from the M-1928 Haversack, or something similar ...

I'm afraid the only genuine Medical Suspender is the item described in our Article TR No. 405-95 . For more data , please revert to my Article relating to Medical Kits & Contents - Background Information and Development . I still think this is the only available information on the subject . Medical suspenders and lots of other MD accessories never carried any specific manufacturer markings (with the exception of individual , and possibly unit markings) .

Another friendly advice , please don't take ALL data in H-P Enjames' Collector's Guide for granted !

Alain S. Batens :idea:

Posted: Sun Sep 14, 2008 21:16
by littlelotte
I wasn't I just happened across it (Enjames) as I was doing some other comparisons for my ANC stuff and thought I would post it.

Posted: Mon Sep 15, 2008 10:35
by Ben
Thanks for all of the responses guys!
I am indeed aware that the vast majority of the Medical Department individual equipment did not bear any markings indicating manufacturer or date. I posed this question in case any of our readers might have any papers or journals indicating the manufacturer of the items.
Alain and I have discussed this matter via email, and we believe that the manufacturers of these items were the Medical Research Lab and later the Federal Prison Industries, but of course we would welcome any additional comments on the matter.
Ben :D

Posted: Tue Sep 23, 2008 09:35
by 916matt
Hi , just seen these on ebay eBay Link
quite sure they're repro's though ,matt

Posted: Tue Sep 23, 2008 10:01
by Ben
Thanks for posting the link, they're most definitely reproduction indeed. I seem to recall that a number of the reproduction companies mark their Suspenders in such a way to identify them amongst originals.