Painted Militia Knapsack

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Painted Militia Knapsack

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Title:  

Painted Militia Knapsack
Date:
circa 1810

Content Description: 

Cloth knapsack with two half flaps or covers. Painted black with red edges; outer flap lettered in gold" "No.33." On exposed section below, a six-pointed star in gold and black. Within the star motif, a band inscribed "MONSTRAT VIAM" (He leads the way) encircling a gold greek cross on a field of red. No decoration on inner flap. Shoulder straps are coarse-woven with red stripes worked lengthwise. A short leather cross-belt which connected the two shoulder-straps across the wearer's breast. The back of the knapsack is reinforced with linen. Knapsack may be that of the Independent Cadets of Boston. Knapsack is definitely of First Corps Cadets, Boston, Mass. ca. 1810

Physical Description: 

Canvas, linen, paint. 15" x 16 1/2"

Location:
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road,Massachusetts,Sturbridge,01566
Identifier:
49.21.1
credits:
Collection of Old Sturbridge Village

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