The photo at left shows a pair of my reproduction Assist Straps in the medium brown textured fabric with gold crochet top. An original strap is at the right.
Assist Straps (as shown / on Customer's Own Hardware) are priced at $78.00 per pair. (Ohio Residents must add $5.85 Sales Tax.) Please add $12.00 for Handling, Shipping and Insurance per pair. All other styles, makes or colors will be quoted.
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for inquiries or before sending an order.
Reproduction Assist Straps for various makes of antique automobiles are now available by special order. These are an ongoing, evolving project as I continue to search for more authentic fabrics and materials and learn about the different styles and colors. I am not an authority on these; I am trying to fill a need and assist other restorers.
At the present time, Assist Straps for Model A Sedans are available in a medium brown textured fabric that mimics the look of originals used with brown or tan interiors. The top of the strap is finished with a crochet lace dyed a light gold, similar in design and color to originals. Straps for other Model A interior colors and other makes of automobiles will be considered and accepted based on the original design and availability of materials.
Original Model A Assist Straps were made of a seamless, two-tone woven fabric with a stiff webbing or leather-like insert. My reproduction straps have a seam in the inside of the loop and a stiff webbing insert. When reproducing straps for other makes of automobiles, I need to have originals (or what remains of them) in order to try to duplicate. Some makes of straps were made of a belting woven especially for the make of the automobile. I may or may not be able to recreate these straps, since a similar belting may no longer be available. I will try to suggest alternatives. Model A rope-style hand assists with a ball at the base (similar to my tassel) are not available and I am unable to restore originals. Aftermarket straps and straps sewn with a binding on both outside edges (reproductions made by Le Baron Bonney) will not be accepted for duplication.
All Assist Straps are mounted on the Customer's Own Hardware. I do not provide mounting brackets or screws. If you are using original brackets that need restoration, please arrange to have them completed and/or plated before sending to me. Rusted, damaged, or misshapen brackets will not be accepted. Reproduction brackets are available from Model A Parts Suppliers, usually in a nickel finish. The brackets are available with either vertical screw holes or horizontal screw holes, depending on the year and model of your vehicle. Brackets for other makes may be available from parts suppliers or located at swap meets, eBay, or on-line chat rooms geared specifically for your make of automobile.