CIVIL WAR PERIOD CARPET BAG WITH ID TO 47TH MASSACHUSETTS OFFICER

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Item Code: 1179-312

This bag is made of a very heavy carpet material that has the usual floral decorative pattern using multiple colors giving the bag an almost kaleidoscopic appearance.

The top is formed by a brass frame under the carpet. Attached to the front of this frame is a large brass escutcheon with keyhole. There is no key. Sewn to the top of the bag are two leather handles which show wear but are otherwise solid.

Bottom of the bag is lined with black leather decorated with a serrated loop decoration. The leather also holds six brass studs for the bag to rest on.

Overall, the body of the bag meas. approx. 20.00 inches wide x 14.00 inches tall and is in good condition although the latch does not work.

Inside the bag it is lined with worn muslin that shows several stains as well as some stress separations. The inner compartment is divided into two halves by a muslin covered wire frame.

Sewn into the lining of the bag is a large linen or muslin tag with faded ink that reads “JOHN MARTIN” over “47th MASS.” The bag is stuffed with paper to help hold its shape.

John Martin enlisted as a private in Company I, 47th Massachusetts on October 20, 1862. At the time he was listed as a 35 year old mariner. He deserted from the regiment while it was at Boxford, Massachusetts on October 26, 1862. Nothing else is known of him.  [ad] [ph:L]

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