For this morning's posting, I dove into my treasure trove of odds and ends and pulled out a mint condition, WW2 vintage, US Army, Colt .45 holster.
This holster was manufactured by Boyt in 1942 and was specifically made for the Colt .45, 1911 and 1911-A1 pistols. The holster is officially classified as the US Model 1916 Holster. The majority of these holsters from WW2 are dated 1942 and 1944. The 1941 and 1943 dated holsters are much rarer. The holster is designed to slide onto a leather belt, or to hang from the attached metal web belt hanger. The holster was normally worn on the US Web belt along with the other field gear.
I will let the pictures speak for themselves:
Here is a classic photo of a number of US Army tankers from WW2....... Battle of the Bulge. You can see the tanker, second from the left, wearing the Colt .45 pistol in the leather holster: