CIVIL WAR IMPORTED FRENCH MADE OFFICER’S HAVERSACK

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The metal frames from these haversacks are excavated from Civil War campsites indicating these were popular purchases from military goods dealers, perhaps in part because they could be locked with a small key. This one still bears its French patent stamp on the top of the frame reading, “Brevet SGDG (sans garantie du government,) that is: a claimed patent without government backing. The leather bag has a patterned cloth lined interior with several pockets and an external pouch covered by a small flap and latch. The metal frame at the top latches with a small spring button and can be locked. The narrow leather shoulder sling is adjustable by a buckle and fastens to suspension rings on the frame of the bag with swivel snap hooks.

Haversacks like the issue patterns for enlisted men were usually intended for food stuffs, tobacco and the like. Officers, however, were also expected to carry much of their office with them on campaign: paperwork for morning reports, requisitions, muster rolls, etc. Field officers could rely on a regimental wagon for their needs. Line officers more often had to rely on what they could carry on their persons and were experienced enough to know that whatever was consigned to a quartermaster wagon during a march might never be seen again.

This is a top-notch example in great condition with a full shoulder strap and completely intact lining that would make a great addition to a display of a line officer’s personal effects.  [sr]

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