Boyt Hunting Clothing
Boyt Hunting Clothing and the Boyt Harness Company, the hunting industry
standard for gun cases and firearm storage and transport, traces their
beginnings to a family owned regional harness shop in turn of the
century Iowa. In 1901, when the industrious Boyt brothers founded Walter Boyt Saddery
in 1901, the Boyt brothers had not yet begun the manufacture of Boyt Hunting Clothes. The Boyt brotherís burgeoning enterprise primarily manufactured
fine driving harness for buggies, however, the Great War in Europe took
the company in a direction that would frame it for the next 100 years.
As World War I grew, the company began building the first of many
firearm accessories such as military pistol holsters for the then new
Colt 1911 .45 pistol along with cavalry saddle bags and harness for
artillery and transport horses.
the name was changed from The Walter Boyt Saddlery Company to The Boyt
Harness Company and a new generation of Boyt brothers continued the
tradition of making harness, saddles, bridles and tack for farmers and
stockman across the Midwest.
through the Great Depression and the dust bowl years, Boyt Harness
Company developed a reputation for quality and delivery second to none
and farmers across the country proudly tacked their draft teams in well
oiled Boyt harness and collars each morning. Then came the Japanese attack on
Pearl Harbor and another shift to production for the war effort. From
1941 through 1945, The Boyt Harness Company produced millions of pieces
of equipment destined for American offensives in both the European and
Pacific theaters as tens of thousands of teachers, farmers, office
workers and tradesmen were transformed into the largest standing
fighting force in the nationís history.
the war, Boyt shifted production back to saddles and harness. But the
mechanization of America put most of the work horses out to pasture and for the first time, sporting goods and Boyt Hunting Clothing became a priority and gun cases,
hunting vests and cartridge bags begin to make up the majority of
production. The Boyt Five Star canvas case, named for the five award
stars that the company had been presented for their production efforts
during the war years, was quickly heralded as the premier method of
firearm storage of the times, a position that Boyt has maintained for
almost 70 years.