October 13 08:15 2017

When Peter Sandford found an old leather belt with strange-looking buckle on a flea market he was intrigued & snapped it up on the spot.

As an artisan leatherworker, trading as Victory Leathercraft of Sussex, England, Pete was curious as to the original purpose of this great looking belt with its quick-release brass buckle. He eventually discovered that it dated back to the late 1800s & was used on early fire engines to securely hold firehoses whilst allowing them to be released in the blink of an eye.

Firefighters would often ‘appropriate’ these straps to hold their trousers up, the unique buckles signaling their profession to an admiring population.

After discovering the buckle’s back-story, Peter decided to resurrect the design so he started searching for a foundry capable of recreating these buckles in the traditional way – sand casting them in solid brass. Having successfully had molds made and the first buckles cast, Peter is teaming them with the finest of English bridle leathers and employing his master leatherworker skills to craft The Firefighter Belt for a new generation.

The Firefighter Belt is now available on Kickstarter, following on the heels of Pete’s two previously successful campaigns for wallets and belts, both of which were delivered to backers on time and to glowing reviews.

For more information please visit the Kickstarter campaign here or contact the creator below.

Media Contact
Company Name: Victory Leathercraft
Contact Person: Peter Sandford
Email: [email protected]
Country: United Kingdom