DescriptionRare Federal Issue Double-Bag Knapsack, in extraordinary condition. Resembling the far more common 1864 contract knapsack, this example is better made, using a heavier tarred material for the body and having the straps affixed with rivets or with rivets that augment stitching. The leather straps show some modest flaking but are flexible and sound and all straps, buckles and hooks appear to be present. The body is excellent and pliable with no noticeable tears or openings. Obviously more expensive to manufacture and more durable than the usually encountered 1864 contract specimens, this knapsack was most likely what the average soldier was issued during the bulk of the conflict. An important piece of gear in remarkable condition.
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