SAM BROWNE - ADVICE ON STORAGE

#1
Quick one this.

What is the best way to store your Sam Browne when not in use. I have recently got it looking fairly good (my man is on leave) and think that the usual place i keep it (at the bottom of my wardrobe under my Mess Wellies) could be improved upon.

Any ideas? Plus what do you do when posted, in a box or in the car?
 
#3
I keep mine gently curled out (fnarr fnarr) in an old shoe box padded out with newspaper along with my brown shoes.

No doubt The Butler will be along to advise me correctly soon...
 
#4
TheCheerfulSubbie said:
I keep mine gently curled out (fnarr fnarr) in an old shoe box padded out with newspaper
Yes, what you absolutely must not do is bend it against the natural curve it would follow around your body.

You could simply roll it up reasonably tight with the shiny side out and keep it wrapped in a duster.
 
#5
Bang two nails 3" apart into the inside of your wardrobe and hang your sambrown belt shiny side out by the last belt hole on one nail and hang the cross belt by the rear fastening hole on the other nail. For travelling, lay it out flat on the rear parcel shelf of your car covered by a duster or some such. Travel by plane, train or motorcyle is rather more problematic.
 
#6
I hang the cross belt by its end hole on the main belt's brass stud, then hang the whole thing by the buckle on the hook of the wooden hanger that my SD jacket is hung on so that it hangs down inside the jacket.

I get it out every November when it always seems to have shrunk just that little bit more.
 
#7
I had the Regimental Tailor make me a felt bag to keep mine in; separate pocket for the cross belt so they don't rub against each other. Perfect for travelling as you are not worried about other items scratching it etc. I firmly believe that you should store it by hanging rather than rolled up but, if your mess is anything like ours was, as long as it is locked up you will be okay!
 
#8
Pasted below is a copy of the after care instructions I give to all the customers I wax belts for. It includes storage tips.
Sam Browne After care.

For the first couple of uses the Sam Browne will flake in the stress areas. I have worked the leather in these areas and re polished several times but it will still occur. For tidying it up once you have it on (removing fingerprints minute scratches ) I find a rolled up pair of nylons a godsend. Rubbing with a nylon will remove most of the damage done by fitting and give a good finished look.
After use nyloning the belt will help to remove the flakes caused by use.
The best way to clean the belt for future use is with a Silvette if you have one
it really does make a difference as yellow duster quality has declined over the years.
A good size plank of wood with nail or screws to hold down one end of your belt via the d rings is an ideal surface for cleaning the belt. Lots of kiwi dark tan and water and a vigorous side to side bulling technique, this warms and spreads the beeswax over the imperfections and it can be back to normal in about 5 minutes. After about 6 months or so your belt will have gotten used to your shape and the flaking will decrease greatly.
Storage.

Dust can get in to all the recesses of your belt and impede bulling by creating micro scratches on the polished surface. Coiled carefully in a good sized box is good for storage and transportation plus the belt gets used to not being laid flat all the time.

I hope you are happy with my work and it lasts you as long as you need it. Beeswaxing is usually a one time job and the rest of the work is bulling.
 
#10
Whilst I was at Sandhurst my platoon Corporal Major had a plank of wood with nails on to store and polish Sam Brownes. In the final term of the commissioning course he took each of our belts, waxed and polished them for us so we would arrive at our regiments as smart as carrots. Charitable chap, I hear you ask? Not at the price he charged us!
 
#11
As already mentioned a block of wood and a number of screws/nails.

I then wrapped a towel round just for that added protection
 
#12
Mine is stored inside the leg of an old pair of stockings then in an empty boot box along with my brown shoes.

Good tip about the wood for polishing - will get the OH to work on that as Im not to be trusted with hammer and nails :oops:
 
#13
the_butler said:
Pasted below is a copy of the after care instructions I give to all the customers I wax belts for. It includes storage tips.
Sam Browne After care.

For the first couple of uses the Sam Browne will flake in the stress areas. I have worked the leather in these areas and re polished several times but it will still occur. For tidying it up once you have it on (removing fingerprints minute scratches ) I find a rolled up pair of nylons a godsend. Rubbing with a nylon will remove most of the damage done by fitting and give a good finished look.
After use nyloning the belt will help to remove the flakes caused by use.
The best way to clean the belt for future use is with a Silvette if you have one
it really does make a difference as yellow duster quality has declined over the years.
A good size plank of wood with nail or screws to hold down one end of your belt via the d rings is an ideal surface for cleaning the belt. Lots of kiwi dark tan and water and a vigorous side to side bulling technique, this warms and spreads the beeswax over the imperfections and it can be back to normal in about 5 minutes. After about 6 months or so your belt will have gotten used to your shape and the flaking will decrease greatly.
Storage.

Dust can get in to all the recesses of your belt and impede bulling by creating micro scratches on the polished surface. Coiled carefully in a good sized box is good for storage and transportation plus the belt gets used to not being laid flat all the time.

I hope you are happy with my work and it lasts you as long as you need it. Beeswaxing is usually a one time job and the rest of the work is bulling.
Do I take it from this that you offer a polishing service? I have a Gunner Cross Belt in need of loving care ;)
 
#14
Harry Paget Flashman said:
the_butler said:
Pasted below is a copy of the after care instructions I give to all the customers I wax belts for. It includes storage tips.
Sam Browne After care.

For the first couple of uses the Sam Browne will flake in the stress areas. I have worked the leather in these areas and re polished several times but it will still occur. For tidying it up once you have it on (removing fingerprints minute scratches ) I find a rolled up pair of nylons a godsend. Rubbing with a nylon will remove most of the damage done by fitting and give a good finished look.
After use nyloning the belt will help to remove the flakes caused by use.
The best way to clean the belt for future use is with a Silvette if you have one
it really does make a difference as yellow duster quality has declined over the years.
A good size plank of wood with nail or screws to hold down one end of your belt via the d rings is an ideal surface for cleaning the belt. Lots of kiwi dark tan and water and a vigorous side to side bulling technique, this warms and spreads the beeswax over the imperfections and it can be back to normal in about 5 minutes. After about 6 months or so your belt will have gotten used to your shape and the flaking will decrease greatly.
Storage.

Dust can get in to all the recesses of your belt and impede bulling by creating micro scratches on the polished surface. Coiled carefully in a good sized box is good for storage and transportation plus the belt gets used to not being laid flat all the time.

I hope you are happy with my work and it lasts you as long as you need it. Beeswaxing is usually a one time job and the rest of the work is bulling.
Do I take it from this that you offer a polishing service? I have a Gunner Cross Belt in need of loving care ;)
I do provide such a service details of which can be found here.
shoeshine online
 
#15
Mine is rolled up in and old leather collar box with a duster wraped around it, or at least that is where I left it when I marched off years ago. It was looking very dark and Guardsie when I last saw it.
 
#16
pimpernel said:
Mine is rolled up in and old leather collar box with a duster wraped around it, or at least that is where I left it when I marched off years ago. It was looking very dark and Guardsie when I last saw it.
Before I donated mine to the TA it had - er - shrunk! A strange phenomenom :oops:
 
#17
I've just unpacked from a six month holiday, and have discovered that the 'drop all my worldly possessions from a great height into several MFO boxes and hand over to the tender care of the Mess Sgt before a Bn move' method hasn't worked out so well for my Sam Browne or, for that matter, my now-rather-amusingly-shaped No 1 hat. So I don't really recommend that. Still, I'll be giving the Drill Bloke hours of fun next time we do anything smart.
 
#18
Although I never had the opportunity to possess a Sam Browne, as I was only a local WO1, I find the advice posted very stimulating indeed, especially the use of the 2 x nails 3" apart in a wardrobe.
 
#19
mwl946 said:
Mine is stored inside the leg of an old pair of stockings then in an empty boot box along with my brown shoes.

Good tip about the wood for polishing - will get the OH to work on that as Im not to be trusted with hammer and nails :oops:
I'm on my 5th bit of wood now.
 
#20
I keep mine wrapped in a duster inside my No1 Dress Hat, which is kept in it's hat box...
 

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