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M1853/55 U.S. Regulation Knapsack

 

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M1853/55 U.S. Regulation Knapsack – This is a structurally solid example of the regulation US, pattern soft knapsack. The black painted canvas is still very flexible, although a bit brittle, in some small, isolated areas. The knapsack retains its original, complete set of leather straps that are flexible, although missing some of the original, black finish; all brass hardware is present, as well. The top of the knapsack still retains two sewn loops to accommodate blanket straps. Three respective buckles at the bottom of knapsack. The verso of the pack has “V” shaped leather straps, flaring out to fit over the shoulders. These knapsacks remain an essential element issued and carried by all Union infantry soldiers, and is, therefore, an essential element for all collections, today. The soldiers carried up to 30 – 40 pounds of gear and personal belongings in their backpacks. This knapsack weighs about 2.5 lbs. and measures approximately: 15″ x 17″ with three 3″ leather closure straps on front flap.SOLD

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