It has been some time since we last looked at an example of post-war Canadian webbing. Collecting of these sets has slowed down a bit, but thanks to the generosity of Michel Auger from Canada, I am very pleased to have been able to add an example of the 51 pattern compass pouch to my little collection:The compass pouch is very closely based upon the earlier 37 pattern design from the UK, but made in the dark green of the 51 pattern set. The rear of the case is very similar, but features simple webbing loops to pass a belt through, rather than the metal ‘C’ hooks of the 37 pattern set:This change in construction makes sense when you remember that the 51 pattern belt is very different in design to its predecessor and does not have the woven pockets on the rear for ‘c’ hooks to slot into. The front of the pouch has a box lid that is secured with a large blackened press stud:This opens to allow access to the compass which fits snuggly inside:Both the early prismatic and the later marching compasses can fit in easily. They are protected by a thick layer of reclaimed wool felt that surrounds the compass and offers some insulation from knocks and bumps:I am unsure of the technical term for this felt in Canada, but it is made of what is colloquially known as ‘mungo’ in my part of Yorkshire. This is a poor quality fabric made from the torn up rags and cloth that is pressed or sometimes woven into a cheap cloth.
The underside of the box lid is stamped with the date of manufacture ‘1953’:Note also the circular acceptance mark stamped here. I have finally found some information out about this mark. It consists of a stylised leaf in a circle with the letters ‘IS’ for ‘Inspection Services’ and was stamped on the webbing to indicate that it met the requirements for military service.
It has been nice to add another piece to my Canadian collection, which had rather stalled of late. It has given me a little incentive to try and track down a few more components.