They look like they are actually nearly brand new and only on very close inspection is there any indication that they are not. I checked out the date-maker stamp to see what their actual origin was and amazingly they are stamped as BGS from 1962!!!!!!!!! A total score! I must be sending out some pretty potent vibrational energy in this whole BGS bike project :)
Now the search continues for some additional select uniform components and a new-old bike light and generator....... oh yes, and some field equipment to strap on the bike............ I think you get the idea, "A never ending project"! Half the fun is the research and treasure hunt for the cool "stuff".
Here's a picture of a few BGS officers from the same early 1960's vintage wearing pairs of Y-Straps with their field belts:
Here are my new straps: