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Auction: 2006, Spring Americana, May 10, 11 & 12
was auctioned on: 30 April 2006
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U.S. Army Regulation M1853/55 Non-Rigid Knapsack,

Estimate: n. a.
Price realised:  US$180
Lot number 209, Views: 11

made of black painted canvas cotton cloth rendered "waterproof" (oilcloth) with all leather straps, iron buckles and brass hardware present. By all period accounts the most commonly issued type of field pack capable of carrying 40 to 50 pounds of personal kit and usually "thrown away" after the first hard march as too heavy and uncomfortable. This regulation pattern consisting of two bags or compartments, a front section that folded into a partial envelope and rear section made of four triangular flaps that buckled together, joined by a top strip with two sewn leather loops for the blanket straps. Knapsack was fitted with 2 inch wide leather shoulder straps that terminated with brass attachment points allowing for connection to the armpit and adjustable cross (breast) straps. Found in an infinite number of variations including state models and examples made for the militia, sometimes with stenciled unit designation. This example part of a William Butterfield, New York contract with R. Valentine/U.S. Inspector, NY stamp. This lot and the next two appear to be un-issued, the damage and wear more attributable to the ravages of time than actual service use. Condition: This specimen complete but with bottom edges of bags torn and split in horizontal sections. Leather straps complete with tight stitching though curled and flaking in areas. Unable to completely open front section due to residue of sticky oilcloth adhering to rear bag, caused by water damage? Inside metal buckles and brass showing verdigris.

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Cowan's Auctions, Inc.
Title: 2006, Spring Americana, May 10, 11 & 12
Date of the auction: 30 Apr 2006
Address: Cowan's Auctions, Inc.
Este Ave 6270
OH 45232 Cincinnati
United States
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