This shoulder pouch was inspired by a bag shown in an 18th century German image by J E Ridinger (1698-1767). I have incorporated my own shell design into the layout and adjusted the shape of the body and flap to suit my eye.
A Civilian Shoulder Pouch ca 1700 as purchased from a colonial harness maker or saddler.
The button is an original late 17th century gasback style button. The buckle is all handmade by me and based on period originals from my study. The buckle is set to be worn across the chest of a right handed user, being reminiscent of the baldric style. The pouch is a very thin weight, all vegetable tanned calf that is used in double thickness so as to create"pouches" or veins for stuffing tow for form. This idea was taken from a 17th century bandolier type pouch. It has an internal divider so as to separate shot from ball as is written about in more than one 18th century account.
Belt pouches seemed to be just as popular or in many cases more so in the 18th century and earlier. These examples are based on the shape of a belt pouch found in an early 18th century painting by Enoch Seeman of a gentleman hunter. They have an internal divider.
Small double pouch of vegetable tanned leather. Very roomy for the small space it occupies. Leather lined flap, rolled welts and bound edges. Edged, creased and burnished strap with brass buckle and iron tongue. The leather took a nice burnish, color and texture that exhibits a nice warm feel.
This pouch is constructed of fine calfskin. Approximate dimensions are 9 ½”W by 8 3/8” T. Incorporates a gusset and is sewn with rolled welt edging. Entrance to main pouch as well as the two small inside pockets are rolled and sewn for appearance and ease of entry. The flap is hair on goat with calfskin lining. Edges are bound and sewn. There is a decorative scalloped top with contrasting colors. The 1” shoulder strap is edged, creased and burnished and has a solid brass harness buckle with hand forged tongue
Photos supplied by James Rogers andR obert Weil.