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Object ID # 1973.045.050
Object Name Holster
Title Signal Flare Gun's Holster (First World War)
Lexicon category 5: T&E For Science & Technology
Year Range from 1914
Year Range to 1918
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Germany?
Description Brown leather holster for flare gun. The holster is made of dark, tanned leather, which looks machine-stitched. It has an open-holed base. There is a brass knob catch on one side. A narrow leather strap with a keyhole-shaped slot catches onto the brass knob. The other side has two bend-end brass rods [belt clips?] sewn on underneath leather strips. No maker's identification is seen.
Makers mark None
Provenance This is a German flare pistol case that Rev. P. Pilkey's brother took off of a dead German soldier at Vimy Ridge. It was used for shooting flares in the First World War.

The set was donated to the Owen Sound Public Library by Rev. P. Pilkey on Jan. 27, 1926.

Transferred from the Owen Sound Public Library & Lyceum Club to the Grey County-Owen Sound Museum in 1973.
Collection Firearms & Accoutrements, 20th-c Collection
Material Leather/Metal (Brass)/Cotton/Thread
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
Subjects First World War
The Great War