Painted Militia Knapsack



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Painted Militia Knapsack

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Painted Militia Knapsack
circa 1835

Content Description: 

Hand sewn cotton militia knapsack; the outer protective flap made from a twill weave and the inner pouch a coarse weave. Underside of protective flap is inscribed, in ink: "Phinihas Underwood" Outer surface of flap is decoratively painted. Black border approx. 3/8" (1.0 cm) wide surrounds a field of mustard color lightly stippled in black. Upon this field is a large black oval cartouche bearing the legend: "GRANITE PHALANX/ 37th Rgt/ N. H. MILITIA" stenciled in gilt or bronze powder paint. Shoulder straps are missing, as is breast strap, although evidence is clear on outer edges of pouch where straps were attached. There are minor paint losses along the right hand edge, upper right quadrant of field, and, particularly, just above the "37th Rgt" at center. In 1835, the 37th rgt was comprised of militia companies from the towns of Canaan, Dorchester, Enfield, Grafton and Orange

Physical Description: 

Cotton, paint. Flap 13 7/8" x 14 1/2" (35.2 x 36.8 cm), pouch 11 x 10 1/2" (27.9 x 26.7 cm)
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road,Massachusetts,Sturbridge,01566
Collection of Old Sturbridge Village