People of the Waters - Fur Trade
OPM #:
800-T34
Object Name:
Bag, Hunting
Description:
Large left-side double game bag/rifle pouch made of hide with the hair/fur left on and leather shoulder strap. The hide is probably calf skin or could be clipped beaver hide. The flap and strap have embroidered heart shaped and floral designs in the Germanic tradition. The game bag is accessed through a side opening and the rifle bag is accessed through the top.
This unique left-hand over the shoulder bag is made from professionally tanned fur and leather. The back of the bag, where is rides against the body, appears to be three-ounce tanned pigskin. The edges are nicely trimmed with light, two-ounce leather. The front bag is believed to be for shooting accessories, and the shoulder strap has indications of once holding a strap, perhaps for a horn. The bag also opens to the rear into a fairly roomy compartment that is held closed with a draw string. A waist string kept the pouch snug on the body and prevented the second pouch from flopping. When worn, the second compartment would ride nicely on the small of the back, with the other pouch conveniently at the side. The larger compartment could have been used for additional equipment or accessories, or for holding small game. However, there is no evidence of blood on the lining, so the latter use seems unlikely.

Designs on the front flap and front edge are distinctively Germanic and are similar to those found on 18th and early 19th century Pennsylvania Dutch pieces, consisting of stylized flowers and foliage. The bag is lined with handspun linen and the embroidered hearts and flowers are beautifully executed with linen thread. The bag was created by someone highly skilled with needle and thread and was certainly a top-quality piece. The shoulder strap fastens with a brass buckle with an iron tongue, and is beautifully decorated with very thin, 1/16" wide strips of rawhide woven in a geometric design reminiscent of quillwork.
Collector:
Mitchell, Stephen D.
Material:
Leather/Linen/Cotton/Brass/Iron
Culture/Period:
German
Dimensions:
W-35 L-52 D-7 cm
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Aug 2010 after conservation treatment.Aug 2010 after conservation treatment.
Aug 2010 after conservation treatment.Aug 2010 after conservation treatment.
Aug 2010 after conservation treatment.Aug 2010 after conservation treatment.
Aug 2010 after conservation treatment.Aug 2010 after conservation treatment.
Aug 2010 after conservation treatment.Aug 2010 after conservation treatment.
Aug 2010 after conservation treatment.Aug 2010 after conservation treatment.