There is a hole in the bottom of the slot for the cleaning rod, see photo. The top strap looks like a vintage replacement. The rest of the holster is sound. Stitching is intact, no fraying. On the front, inside the holster is the name: Karl Bing that was handwritten in the leather.
It is very faint and difficult to read. These Original Stock Holsters are very hard to find in any condition. This one has a few issues, but is still very collectible and would make an excellent display with an original Broom Handle Pistol. Check out my other items.The item "WWI German Mauser 1896 C96 Broomhandle Pistol Leather Stock Holster Dated 1916" is in sale since Thursday, April 14, 2016. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\WW I (1914-18)\Original Period Items\Germany\Personal, Field Gear". The seller is "koolstuff1958" and is located in Henderson, Nevada. This item can be shipped worldwide.