Friday, June 13, 2014

2014 CLA Live Auction: Hunting Pouch by Bill Smith

The hunting pouch is an icon of the American frontier.  By the early 19th century pouches could show distinct regional variations, wide ranges in quality from home made to finest cordwainers work, and variations in size and shape based on use.  This years auction presents a stunning range of bags and accoutrements.

Bill Smith has donated a double bag of finely tanned deer skin with double internal compartments.  Bill has been making bags for over 20 years and they are very popular with re-enactors and shooters alike.  

This black leather bag exhibits very fine workmanship, an example of the best 19th century cordwainer’s art.  The stitching is so well done as to be decorative in itself.  Hand forged iron buckles and a woven strap complete the bag.  The multiple compartments would serve the long hunter very well.  It would also work equally well for the organized shooter or the packrat like myself.

BlIl Smith’s contact information is:

William Smith
8930 Bardstown Rd
Elizabethtown  KY 42701

Photo by Ric Lambert and copy by Heinz Ahlers.

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