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Care for WWII leather pistol holster and belt.

Asked by kelly (1883 points ) January 6th, 2009

Liberated Germany officer service holster and belt. Black shiny finish looks pretty good, but seems somewhat dried out. what to do for leather care and preservation

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Most conservators advise against attempting to apply any treatment to antique leather, but there are a couple of things you can use that will have little or no long term detrimental effect:

One is a dressing made especially for antique leather by Pecard

Or you can use pure lanolin

Neatsfoot oil, saddle soap, mink oil, etc. will actually shorten the life of the leather.

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Thanks, Harp. I was wondering about this the other day.

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