KNAPSACK IDENTIFIED TO THE 10TH MASSACHUSETTS OR MAINE VOLUNTEER MILITIA

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Item Code: 381-19

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Item is made of tarred or painted canvas. Closed the exterior meas. approx. 15.50 x 16.00 x 4.00 inches.

The outer flap is in good condition with only minor surface finish loss on three of the four corners. A numeral “10” is painted at center with “M.V.M” below. All are done in white paint. All that is visible of the letter “V” are the serifs at the top. This outer flap is held closed by two long leather straps that descend from the top of the pack to two white metal buckles attached at the bottom.

Lifting the outer flap exposed a large bag on the underside. The outside of this bag is stenciled with a letter “G” over the number “16.” The body of the bag has two holes at the lower right. The first meas. approx. 2.00 x 1.00 inch and the other is more of a horizontal stress separation than an actual hole. It meas. approx. 2.25 inches long. The rest of the bag’s exterior shows minor surface finish loss. This inner bag was made without a flap.

Across from the bag is compartment formed by four folding flaps. Each are held closed by a short leather strap that attaches to a white metal buckle on its mate. The bottom of this compartment has a strong patent stamping of “PAT’D NOV. 12. 1861” in a slight arc over “JAN. 28,” at center with a lower arc formed by “& DEC. 12, 1862.” The flaps that form the compartment are is nice condition with only minor surface finish loss. Straps are attached by one copper rivet.

The bottom edge of the knapsack has the two previously mentioned white metal buckles for the two straps which hold the knapsack closed and sewn outside of each buckle are the anchor straps for the adjustable shoulder straps which are missing. The leather on the lower section of the straps are a bit worn but each has a heavy white metal roller buckle for attaching the upper strap. Though the upper shoulder straps are missing, the support strap which passes across the front of the chest of the wearer is present.  [ad] [ph:L]

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