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12-30-2008, 01:35 PM
How would you go about packing one of these? What is the pocket on the flap used for? For all I can tell it is an 1854 model.
Jon The Beloved
12-30-2008, 01:49 PM
Maybe I'm still a newbie.. but where did you get your hands on a French Knapsack? Did you purchase one recently from an outside vendor or did you make your own? AND if so what's the impression you're going for?
Just wonderin' I've been looking at a few examples since you posted.
12-30-2008, 02:23 PM
Yeah,you little worm.Where did you get one of those?I've been looking for one for the longest time and you found one?You little worm.
12-30-2008, 02:28 PM
It is this model about which you speak?
12-30-2008, 02:41 PM
I too would be very interested in knowing where you got one of these. Thanks
12-30-2008, 03:44 PM
I think Lord Voldemort a.k.a. NJ************** was making these a while back, probably eight years ago or so. I do not know of anyone who is currently producing them now.
12-30-2008, 04:11 PM
NJ ************ was making these some years back? Huh.
12-30-2008, 04:36 PM
I could have sworn back in the day Jarnagin was making one. Now they only have their French box up.
12-30-2008, 04:40 PM
I think the french knapsacks could be the latest item offered by Wrinn Inc...I own one of his coverlets...a.k.a. wrinnletts...and have seen his special addition ugly-as-the-backside-of-a-mud-fence confederate trousers a.k.a. wrinnsors.
Surely it's not the 1747 Louisburgh issue
12-30-2008, 04:58 PM
Surely you can not be calling Chad's scarcrow trousers ugly! I believe the great Ross of Florida and the Great Blunt of Florida replicate these bags.
12-30-2008, 05:35 PM
I was down at the Nashville Show and a man was selling it he said it was made by Sam Haywood (never heard of him?) The Knapsack I'm talkin about is the one Mr. Miconnet has posted . I was looking at making them if anyone is interested.
12-30-2008, 05:55 PM
Have you photos of your purchase?
12-30-2008, 06:12 PM
Pat I dont even think were fit for a scarrcrow anymore now there my holy pants.
12-30-2008, 06:16 PM
I can't get my computer too upload the photos but the Knapsack is almost exactly like the one you have the pictures for but it does not have the ties on the Flap opening.
12-30-2008, 06:31 PM
Chad, Sam Haywood is probably one of the best pack makers from "back in the day"
12-30-2008, 08:39 PM
I am talking about those trousers hahaha. I have been blessed enough to view the pair he made for Brian and they could actually work as an intimidation piece lol. Dont' get me wrong...wonderful construction...great trousers....unique fabric.
12-30-2008, 08:39 PM
I figured he knew what he was doing from the way the pack looks
12-30-2008, 08:40 PM
HAHA you've been blessed, more like " he showed them too me and they burned my eyes out"
12-31-2008, 08:33 AM
Don Smith of TMD fame makes a nice French Knapsack.One of my Pards has one, and the flap pocket has been the source of a few jokes as to it's use(think long, lonely nights and you'll get the idea).
12-31-2008, 02:00 PM
I had one of these packs and used it for a few years. It is made by Sam. I saw the one at the show that you bought. What it is is a copy of the pack that is in The Atlanta History center. It is thought to be of CS issue. They don't know. Joe Blunt and I have been talking back and forth about this for a year or so now. There is a guy in GA that is making them his name is Buddy Jowers and he's with the GVB. They are not spot on but they are pretty nice copies. I know Layton Young makes them also. However I know both are not AC sutlers and this will more than likely get snatched off...however I just thought I would help out. If there is enough folks who want them I may try and make a few.
Ross L. Lamoreaux
12-31-2008, 03:28 PM
I know from experience they aren't too fun to make - I've tried. Mine too was based on the Atlanta History Center pack (which I believe they have more than one). I had an older one from Leighton Young awhile back, and it was a nice pack, but someone wanted it more than I did and bought it from me. There was some good disussion on this awhile back, particularly from Joe Blunt and our French cousin McOuiOui, so do a search on this forum.
01-01-2009, 10:02 AM
I did a search and the only thing i could turn up was threads on what they looked like, and details, not on how they are packed.
01-01-2009, 10:24 AM
01-01-2009, 12:23 PM
This is very fascinating (even if the topic is French) here is Texas. Every few years we get people curious about doing the French Army in Mexico. The problem is that alot of the stuff is not readily available and the interest wains. If the packs and some of the gear start becoming more accessible, who knows what we might see running around! LOL!
01-01-2009, 12:44 PM
In any cases, if in the future such a "company" had to be born in Texas, I know two, three, who could indeed come to Texas not only for CW event...
PS: Rougeaud our specialist of this period will belong to IPW, on the other hand he does not speak English then if you want reliable information on the French expeditionary force in Mexico, you have two months to teach French... Courage :) :) :)
01-08-2009, 04:53 PM
I have a Sam Haywood pack. Most likely the last one he made. Did anyone say what the compartment in the flap is for? The opening for it is definitely a conversation starter. Used underware maybe?
01-08-2009, 05:18 PM
I asked this on another forum and I got that the French designed this to keep their dress uniform it it.
01-09-2009, 07:03 AM
The compartment in the flap closed by two small leather belt serve has to was able to the military record, the dress uniform does not exist has this period, it is the uniform decorated of some flourish which is used.
01-09-2009, 12:34 PM
If you want some documentation in French on uniforms and French equipments in Mexico, give me your e-mail addresses, saying me what you want and it will be happy to help you... ;)
All the best
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