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Painted Militia Knapsack

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Title:  

Painted Militia Knapsack
Date:
1820

Content Description: 

Coarse-woven linen knapsack with full flap cover. Painted blue and decorated in red, yellow, white and black. "2R" and "2B" at top, above heraldic eagle holding red and yellow striped flag, stand for 2nd Regiment, 2nd Brigade. Initials "JT" are those of the owner and "DLI" signifies "D Light Infantry," a volunteer company. Shoulder straps are missing as are leather straps for fastening flap; one pewter buckle survives. Some think that "DLI" stands for Douglas Light Infantry. A letter from R. L. Frazer of Cohasset, MA says that the roster books indicate that the Dartmouth L. I. was part of the 2nd Rev. 2nd Brigade, 5th Division (10/19/1974). Despite the lack of some elements, the multi-colored decoration and date combine to make this one of the outstanding knapsacks in our collections.

Physical Description: 

Linen, paint. 16" x 13 3/4"

Location:
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road,Massachusetts,Sturbridge,01566
Identifier:
49.21.5
credits:
Collection of Old Sturbridge Village

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