Let me tell you about our belts...
Belts represent the essence of our work. It is the strapwork that sets us apart from the rest. In every item we design and make, the interaction and use comes down to hands and fingers doing up, pulling on, or carrying by, the straps. Our belts are a showcase of how a well made strap looks and performs.
Every one of our belts is stitched on a “Made in New York”, Union Lockstitch machine, patented in 1911 (my machine was made about 1920). I use my 40+ years of experience as a Saddle maker, Tack maker, and Case maker to create a simple but rugged, burly yet refined, English Bridle Leather Belt, just for you. English Bridle Leather is a type of leather, defined by the tanning process used. After the initial tanning, English Bridle Leather is treated with oils and tallow to make it more supple, befitting strap work. Leather from Wickett and Craig Tannery in Pennsylvania, is used as both the layers of this belt. That is to say, no cheap lining, no rough backside, but two layers of quality top grain English Bridle Leather. Although this makes for a very robust construction, and it will be slightly thicker than most any other belt in your wardrobe, after just a few wearings it will begin to break in, to engender a look and feel of timeless quality, both to the wearer as well as to anyone who may get to see it.
More modern sewing machines are not capable of pulling the “lock” of the stitch as tightly as the good old needle and awl machines. Used in the manufacture of harnesses, saddles, shoes, sporting goods such as footballs, and heavy leather caseworks, the Union Lockstitch was the standard by which other machines were judged. Simply, when the stitch is pulled tightly into the leather, it creates a crown in the strap. Across the belt, from one stitch line to the other, the leather crowns slightly. The thread is also pulled into the leather so that it does not stand proud of the surface, like a bead of water on a freshly waxed car, thus the thread does not wear out prematurely. The stitching, next to the leather itself, is of highest regard in determining the value and caliber of a leather belt, or any leather article for that matter.
This belt is not guaranteed for life. My customers who have managed to wear out one of my belts are more than satisfied with the value that this item has provided them over decades of daily wear. How many things do we find good value in, in today’s throw away economy.
Although buckle options are virtually endless, we offer a #49 harness roller buckle in solid brass or stainless steel as standard. Roller buckles roll, as you pull the strap through the buckle to tighten it up, making it easier on you and the strap.
If you wish to supply a special buckle we will gladly make a bespoke belt for you.
Available in three colours, three widths, with a choice of buckles.
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Dressed Russet, 1 1/4″ width, with a special harness “Tug” buckle
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