I know that dating Sam Browne belts has always been a bit problematic, but i noticed something today (doubt I'm the first) that got me thinking. Most of mine are ww2+, but I'm sure some are earlier.
The things i noticed were not the dee's or the frog hangers, but the stitching pattern to the rear of the sword hangar and the position of the belt stud.
Pics 2 and 3 show the change in stitching from rounded to pointed (all my ww2+ ones have pointed stitching).
Pic 1 has 5 belts, top to bottom:
1) unmarked, (round stitch) (also narrow flourish to end of stitching), belt stud not inline with 1st dee and frog hanger.
2) as above,
3) made by LG Wilkinson (so 1919+)
4) made by Hawkes (Saville & 14 Picadilly so 1912+) named to Lt R Taylor RAMC (pointed stitch and trapezoidal hangers) (off pattern sword hook, also a cavalry frog!)
5) made by Wilmot Bennet, Walsall, 1937 (the black one with pointed stitch and square hangers)
As you can see 1-4 have trapezoidal hangers ( an old rule-of thumb for preww2 belts), but 4 has the pointed stitch, and only 1-2 have the out-of-line belt stud.
So does anyone know when:
A) the belt stud moved? (prior to 1937)
B) the stitch went from rounded to pointed? (somewhere between 1919 and 1937)
C) the hangers changed from trapezoidal to square? (somewhere between 1919 and 1937)
I have fired off similar enquiries to the KW team and to LG Wilkinson, but hope you guys know something too (even if it is more rule-of-thumb type info)