Painted Militia Knapsack

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Painted Militia Knapsack

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Title:  

Painted Militia Knapsack
Date:
circa 1820

Content Description: 

Handwoven canvas knapsack painted with red oil paint, decorations in black & white. Case has a flap at the top which folds over the opening and may be secured by leather straps and wrought iron buckles, handwoven linen tape attached at top to carry case over shoulder. 5/8" black border. Flap has head of a crested eagle painted in black and white. Semi-circle of 13 stars in white around head of eagle. Lower section has a black oval with white rays. Two letters in script in middle of oval are MM in white. MM may possibly stand for Massachusetts Militia. Belonged to the Reed family of Oakham, Massachusetts.

Physical Description: 

Canvas, linen, paint. losed: 13" x 14"

Location:
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road,Massachusetts,Sturbridge,01566
Identifier:
49.21.3
credits:
Collection of Old Sturbridge Village

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