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U. S. Knapsacks
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Early War Knapsack, Double Bag Knapsack,
Knapsack Frame, Replacement Parts & Repair
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J-Hooks
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Double Bag Knapsack
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Early War Double Bag

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Frame For Early War Bag

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Buckle & Triangle Assembly
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Blanket Roll Straps
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J-Hook Straps
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Arm Pit Straps
 
 
 
 
 
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How do our knapsacks survive the test of time?

Scroll To Bottom Of Page and you be the judge.

The one place we deviate from the original bags is the coating.

No, We Do Not Use Period Paint Recipes

YES! We use a latex base coating on all our knapsacks

and haversacks. Missouri Boot & Shoe Company made

a conscious decision not to use period paint due to fire

and health hazards both to our ourselves and to our

customers.

 

Boiled Linseed Oil is a main ingredient

in “period paint recipes.” It contains

lead, arsenic, beryllium, chromium,

cadmium and nickel. These elements

are toxins, carcinogens and teratogens

Linseed Oil Treated Cloth
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Can Spontaneously Combust
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Federal Knapsacks
Our Federal Knapsacks are faithful reproductions of original knapsacks. Years of research and study of many original examples have gone into perfecting our historically correct reproductions. The hardware is faithfully reproduced in correct wire gauge and finish. We do not use poorly made mass produced hardware. The cloth bags are made from imported linen canvas with correct hand flat-felled seams and painted after construction for better waterproofing.
We use only top grade leather sewn with waxed linen thread for our straps and blanket rolls. We don't try to fool you by pricing our bag lower by leaving necessary things off and then making you buy them separately. Our bags come complete .  

 

DBKS

Double Bag Knapsack aka "Mr. Knapsack"

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DBKS

Double Bag Knapsack aka "Mr. Knapsack"  

This is our absolutely historically correct copy of the war-time issue doublebag knapsack .  Made from imported linen canvas with correct hand flat-felled seams and painted after construction for better waterproofing.

 

The V-pocket closes with buckskin  ties.  The leather shoulder straps have correctly scalloped ends, and the brass studs are covered with leather washers to prevent scratching the stock of the musket. If you have ever inspected the interior of one of these original knapsacks, you will remember the profusion of black linen thread that was used to chain stitch all the straps in place.

 

You will see this reproduced in wonderful detail in our reproduction because it is not clumsily imitated by hand but, actually sewn on an original machine.  All our hardware is faithfully reproduced in correct wire gauge and finish.  Our bags can provide the owner with years of service if properly cared for. Below the photos of the new Double Bag Knapsack you can view photos of one of our bags that is over 35 years old that we repaired a few years ago for the owner. It is STILL being used to this day by its original buyer.

 

We don't try to fool you by pricing our bag lower by leaving  necessary things off and making you buy them separately.

 

Our bags come complete with blanket roll straps, J-Hooks and Free U.S. Priority Mail Postage, Delivery Tracking and Delivery Confirmation !  The bag is complete and ready to take out of the box, load and take into the field.

                 

Front of Double Bag Knapsack with
Blanket Roll Straps on top.
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This design knapsack was also produced

prior to the war. Schyukill Arsenal records

reveal the use of covered shoulder strap s

tuds and buckskin ties prior to the civil war!

The big difference between the Schuykill

Arsenal produced Double Bag knapsack

and those made under contract is the use

of machine chain stitching for the strapping

by the contractors as opposed to the Arsenal's

reliance on hand-stitching. The Double Bag

Knapsack produced under contract saw

extensive use of machine chain stitching.

Bottom Line, there is little difference between

a "late war" marked knapsack and those

produced early on.

DBKS - Double Bag Knapsack
aka "Mr. Knapsack"

DBKS----------$250.00

 

 

 

 
 

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To Place Your Order Knapsack Order

Close Ups Of Details Found On Our Knapsack
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             Close up showing the scalloped cut shoulder

             strap ends and the leather washer covered

             brass studs of the war-time issued Double

             Bag Knapsack.

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Close up view of black linen thread used to
chain stitch all the straps in place on our bags
just as the original bags were done.
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        All our hardware is faithfully
        reproduced in correct wire
        gauge and finish.
 
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J-Hooks made in our shop
to match originals.
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Close up of the buckskin ties.
 
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Back of Double Bag Knapsack

How do our knapsacks survive the test of time?

Scroll To Bottom Of Page and you be the judge.

Early War Double Bag Knapsack

 

Available With Or Without Frame

Photographs show frame in knapsack for display purposes only

Frame Is Sold Separately.

IF YOU WANT A  FRAME You May Order One At The Same Time You Order Your Knapsack.

EWDBKS-FRAME-------$25.00 when ordered with the Knapsack

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Early War Double Bag

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Frame For Early War Bag

The early war doublebag knapsack bears a superficial resemblance to the U. S. government double bag. These were probably produced for issue by various state authorities unitl the Federal government could begin supplying knapsacks. We are pleased to offer this early design correctly machine sewn of cotton oil cloth. Based upon the original in our collection, it contains all the features common to the knapsacks in use before 1862. 

 

Each seam is welted with a folded piece of oil cloth, machine sewn and then hand serged like the original.  Edges are folded and machine top stitched.  All leather strapping is sewn into place per our original

specimen with one of our original 19th century chain stitch machines. 

 

The shoulder straps are cut square,  and the rivited brass studs are left exposed.   All the buckles and hooks are direct copies of originals.  This knapsack  has a smaller V-pocket than the later design. It closes  with cotton herringbone twill tape ties. The knapsack with two overcoat straps.

 

It was sometimes used with a wooden frame inside the knapsack. For those who wish to have a frame we make and sell a frame that fits inside our Early War Double Bag Knapsacks.  

 

So, why is there an "Early War" Doublebag Knapsack?

The issuance and use of these non-standard packs, (often seen with wooden frames) is likely the result of state contract and issue.  Apparently their use was fairly common in the early months of the war, gradually being phased out.

 

An article from the New York Sun, reprinted in the February 1, 1862 Scientific American (page 67) discloses that 200,000 contract knapsacks were delivered in January 1862 alone and in the eight months previous 700,000 were delivered.  Contract prices averaged $2.00 per knapsack.

 

The major centers of production were New York City, New York, (Which produced more than half the total number produced.)  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Newark, New Jersey and Wilmington, Delaware.

Early War Bag Without Frame

EWDBK-NF--------$245.00

 

 

Early War Bag With Frame

EWDB-FRAME-----270.00
 
 

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To Place Your Knapsack Order

Close Ups Of Details Found On Our
Early War Knapsacks

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Back View of the Early War Knapsack

showing the square cut shoulder straps

with the riveted brass studs are left

exposed. All the studs, hooks and

buckles are direct copies of the originals

that are hand made in our shop.

 

 

 

 

 

Photographs show frame in knapsack for display purposes only

Frame Is Sold Separately.

 

 

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Open view of the  Early War  Knapsack

showing the V-pocket with herringbone

twill tape ties.

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Close up showing the square cut shoulder

strap ends and the exposed riveted brass

studs of the Early War Style Knapsack.

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Close up views of the welted seam with

a folded piece of oil cloth, machine-sewn

and then hand-serged like the original.

Wooden Frame-Made just like the

original frames that were often used in

the Early War Bags.  May purchase a frame

at same time you purchase your knapsack

Photographs show frame in knapsack for display purposes only

Frame Is Sold Separately.

 

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Open view of the Early War Knapsack

with the optional wooden frame in place.

You can see the leather reinforcement

behind the shoulder straps chain stitched

in place same as the originals knapsacks.

Knapsack Replacement Parts
All our replacement parts are made by hand of top grade materials and are the exact same parts as we use on our own products. Order extra straps and hooks for your gear or order replacements for lost or damaged parts on your equipment.
A great way to get extra milage out of your investment in your equipment. Order with any item over $100.00 and save even more.

 
 
  Blanket-roll Straps(aka overcoat straps)
BRS---$20.00.per pair  SAVE When ordered with any
order totaling $101.00 or more. 
 
Ordered Alone------$26.00 per pair
plus postage, insurance and handling.
                                              
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Close Up Of Buckle End
Of Blanket Roll Strap

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To Place Your Knapsack Parts Order
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Extra Blanket-roll (aka overcoat straps)
 
 
 
 
     J-Hooks-One Set of Brass J-Hooks  
Hand made in our shop to match the original
J-Hooks. These are not bulky mass produced
J-Hooks but are hand made one pair at a time.  
 
SAVE When ordered with any item over $101 
          Buy For ONLY $6.00 per pair 
                             OR
Purchase a pair by themselves for only
         J-HOOKS----------$10.00 per pair Plus
Postage, Insurance and Handling              
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Brass J-Hooks
Order an extra pair to have on hand
for replacing a lost hook or for using
as fastners.
 
 
 
          J-Hook Straps-Holds Brass J-Hooks
SAVE Only $6.00 per pair with any order of $101 or more.
 
    When ordered separately $10.50 per pair
plus Postage, Insurance & Handling
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J-Hook Straps
 
 
 
 
Buckle & Triangle Assembly 
SAVE When ordered with any item over $101 
              For ONLY $9.00 per pair 
                         OR
When ordered separately $14.00 per pair
plus Postage, Insurance and Handling      

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  Arm Pit Straps(aka overcoat straps)
SAVE When ordered with any item over $101 
      APS-------ONLY $7.00 per pair 
                         OR
When ordered separately $11.00 per pair
plus Postage, Insurance and Handling-                       
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Arm Pit Straps Available in Two Lengths
Original Length, 17 inches long
                         or
  XL Length, 24 inches long
Specify Length when ordering.

How do our knapsacks survive the test of time?
You be the judge. Here is a knapsack over 35 years old and still in use today.
 
 

"Mr. Knapsack" at age 35
 

These pictures are of a bag we made over

35 years ago! It was sent in a few years ago

for some repair work by one of our valued

customers. He reported using it heavily

over the years and just wanted to get it

"dressed up" to use many more years.

It is STILL in the Field Today.

 

But you must care for your bag

and not abuse it if you want

similar results.

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Don't throw away an old friend.
Let us take a look at it first.
We do knapsack repairs.
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Let us take a look at it first

or purchase replacement parts for it below.

Please contact us before sending in your

knapsack for cost and shipping instructions.

All bags must be sent with a minimum of $20.00

For Return Shipping. Bags sent without return

shipping and unannounced are subject to disposal

as we see fit. The payment must be in the form of

a cashier's check, money order or made by VISA

or MasterCard Debit or Credit Cards or PayPal.

No Personal Checks, as a few ruined it for all.

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US Military Footwear

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Confederate Military Footwear

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Civilian Footwear

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Military & Civilian Pull On Boots

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Footwear Repair

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Hobnails & Heel Rims

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U. S. Knapsacks

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Confederate Knapsacks

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Military & Civilian Haversacks

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U. S. Accoutrements
Sold In
Sets and Individually

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U.S. Accoutrement Sets

U.S. Cartridge Boxes

U.S. Cap Boxes

U. S. Shoulder Belts-Waist Belts-Plates

U. S. Scabbards, Gun & Canteen Straps

Confederate Accoutrements
Sold In
Sets and Individually
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Confederate Accoutrements Sets

Confederate Bayonets

C.S. Belts, Slings, Straps and Plates

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Leather and Footwear Care Products

Footwear Care How To Guide

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C. S. Wooden Buttons

Learn More About Our Historical Accuracy

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Refund, Exchange and Shipping Policy

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Order Form and Instructions For Placing Order

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How to Measure Your Feet

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