The three interior straps are buff leather. The exterior leather main buckle keeper and sling hook keepers on the bottom of the pack appear to have been coated with a white polish at some time in the past. I have not attempted to remove this polish. The hardware, straps, and other leather components appear to be original to the pack. Both the interior and exterior straps are noticeably dry and stiff and threading them through the corresponding buckles is a difficult proposition.The exterior straps are not only stiff, but curled. Saddle soap or oil may soften and straighten them but I've not attempted any remediation. There are no interior boards or shoulder slings present. The oil cloth is in strong condition, with minor losses here and there. Considering the age of this rare article of equipment, the knapsack is in very nice condition.
Knapsacks of this pattern were extensively imported into the Southern states through the blockade during the American Civil War. Their distinctive hardware is found in camps and battlefields of the the East and West, as well as in the Trans-Mississippi.
The extent of successful importation of the packs is estimated to have been in the tens of thousands. Because it is marked with the "broad arrow, " indicating British War Department acceptance, this knapsack is atypical of known knapsacks that were imported.
Surviving examples with strong provenance appear to have been newly made specifically for C. Ordnance Department contracts and do not typically display the "broad arrow" stamp. Manufactured a significant number of all knapsacks imported into the CSA. All provenance available will be provided to the purchaser.
Additional images will be provided if you are interested in a particular feature. While a definite American Civil War provenance cannot be represented, this knapsack is guaranteed to be an original British Army pattern pack of the mid-19th century and is clearly marked with the A.Buyers will be permitted a fourteen-day inspection which begins upon receipt. No sales will be made outside of the continental United States. The item "Original Pattern 1857 British Knapsack American Civil War period" is in sale since Saturday, October 27, 2018. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\Civil War (1861-65)\Original Period Items\Other Civil War Original Items". The seller is "cedartree1974" and is located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This item can be shipped to United States.