This well made dual cavity bag has a deerskin front and flap. The original strap is intact and there is a sheath sewn to the back of the bag, complete with an antler handled double-edged skinning knife. On the right side is a chain attachment containing a brass sundial, three tin powder measures of varying sizes and an antler powder measure. Complete with its original York powder horn with convex turned wooden plug.
CONDITION: Very good overall, showing some cracks and crazing. One tear on top of right side of flap and some stitching losses. Strap shows one weak area and a re-enforced repair. Horn is very good with a very dark patina. Knife very good. A very attractive Pennsylvania rifleman's bag.
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