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Surplus Swiss Military Gaiters

Wendy Jofee writes: “I purchased these (Leather Traveling boots) from the original owner, who says she wore them only a couple of times.  When she bought them, a store employee suggested the “straps” as well, since they were an addition popular with the customers.  I figured they must be gaiters of some sort, perhaps military surplus. Upon delivery, I was able to get a good look at the gaiters — they are indeed military surplus, as per the trio of Swedish crowns stamped on the inside. Each gaiter is clearly from a different production run, although it’s impossible for me to determine whether it’s a matter of various manufacturers under contract, or a few years’ difference in production, etc.  The triple crown stamp is fairly clear on one gaiter; the second bears only a faint, partial outline of one crown, which may not show in the photo.”

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Robyn Adams
Robyn's fascination with Banana Republic began in 1984 when her Alaskan adventurer father began buying the clothing and giving her the catalogs. She loved the clothes and as an artist she was drawn to the illustrations. She went on to study illustration at art college in BR's hometown of San Francisco and worked for years as a background artist for animation. She is now based in Oakland, CA as a graphic designer and illustrator with Secret Fan Base . She's been collecting and archiving at Abandoned Republic since 2011.

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