CIVIL WAR BACK PACK
SHOULDER STRAP REPLACEMENT SET – COMPETE AND IN VERY
Recognizing that the shoulder straps were prone to wear
and breakage under normal service, the army provided
additional sets of these straps for refurbishing the
Civil War Infantryman’s Back Packs.
A full, matched set of two,
each piece incorporates the shoulder strap that passed
over the shoulder from the pack to mid chest where at a
swivel rivet junction, a second strap depends down to
the bottom of the pack, one side a regular billet that
would fasten into a buckle on one side of the bottom of
the pack, and the other side fitted with an iron buckle
and brass triangle to engage a hook on the other side of
the bottom of the pack to allow for quick release. A
third strap that issues from the swiveling rivet at mid
chest is fitted with a brass hook. This third strap,
engaging a matching hook on the same strap from the
other side, crossed the soldier’s chest to keep the
straps in place on his shoulder.
This set is in full form
with all of the hardware present and intact. All of the
straps are full length, supple and have no breakage or
other damage. The surface of the leather is crazed and
dry, however once mated with a pack needing these
straps, the leather can be treated, however I have left
this process to the purchaser so the straps can be
matched in appearance to the pack.
Seldom seen in this
condition or as complete as this set is, this is scarce
opportunity to complete your pack with a full set of
straps that are often broken or missing from the packs.