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Painted Militia Knapsack

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Painted Militia Knapsack
circa 1825

Content Description: 

Cotton duck knapsack with unusual 3/4 length flap on the reverse (inner) side. Red marocco leather shoulder strap, square steel buckle. Decorated with a gilt eagle, arrows and olive branch, facing right; above eagle are sixteen five-pointed silver stars on a green field. Eagle stands on a yellow and green field atop a black plinth stenciled "N.R.C." (Nelson Rifle Company). Inner border black, gilt stenciled with leaf foliage repeat. Outer red border. "No.8" on flap. Paper slip found in side knapsack reads, in ink: "Knapsack used (by) / Sewell Day when/ he was in the militia / in Nelson, N. H. /" Nelson (cheshire Co., N. H.) was called Packersfield until 1 October 1814. OSV Militia Booklet, p.68, comparable eagle motif.

Physical Description: 

Cotton. 13 1/2" high, 12 1/2-13" wide
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road,Massachusetts,Sturbridge,01566
Collection of Old Sturbridge Village