Army Haversack c1768 -1840
War of 1812
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haversack is based on a number of surviving examples and is made of 8 oz
oznaburg linen and is marked with GR and the broad arrow.
is hand sewn faithful to the
In fact you will be hard pressed to
purchase the materials alone at this price.
haversack used during the Seven Years War somewhat larger than this design and
had an adjustable strap and a three button closure.
an attempt to reduce costs and lighten the load the soldier bore, a smaller
version was introduced, likely in the late 1760s, with a non-adjustable strap
and a two button closure.
are at least three surviving examples of haversacks of this pattern.
is marked with a GR and broad arrow, one with a BO and broad arrow, and one with
no markings at all.
The measurements, materials and construction of
each one are quite similar.
In the name of economy, one of the three
actually used the selvage of the linen as the edge of the flap.
item of field equipment was manufactured on contract by the Commissariat or the
Broad of Ordnance and there was likely some slight variations in the patterns by
the different departments.
Because this was a mass manufactured item, the
length of strap would have been a standard size.
In addition since this
item of field equipment was often returned to stores after its use, alternations
of it would have been forbidden.
An exception to this might have been
troops in the field without depots like in the Peninsular War where haversacks
were purchased by the various regiments from the Commissariat.
regimental or personal mark was made along side the government marking.
1811 this piece of equipment was considered by Military officials to be of a
horrible design because it was not waterproofed and was always filthy and
A new haversack with a painted cover was proposed and approved by
a board of officers.
C. Hamilton Smith went as far as to illustrate
it (Foot Guards in Winter Dress) as part of the changes to be introduced in the
new 1812 clothing regulations.
However it was dropped because of
cost concerns and was never used.
In 1813, one Commissariat
contract called for some of the haversacks being made to have a webbing
This requirement was dropped on another contract later that
An original 1860s haversack shows the linen strap survived for
most of the 19th century.
The poorly-designed un-adjustable linen
haversack continued a long life all the way to 1871. - Robert Henderson
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