Do you have a specific timeframe and geographical area in mind? My own interests are mainly in the trans-Mississippi west, around 1800-1865. The photos I've collected reflect that.Would like to see some pictures of original/repro Native possibles (shooting) bags, thanks.
Thank you, Bob! My interests run to the pre-past Civil War era and East or West tribes. I don't reenact but do make some NA things for my own use. I have kinship to 4 tribes of the East, and one of my daughters is part Comanche. I just admire the NA use of what was available, and the level of skill and artistry exhibited. Mostly I look for ideas for my own use, and gifts for friends. Geo.Do you have a specific timeframe and geographical area in mind? My own interests are mainly in the trans-Mississippi west, around 1800-1865. The photos I've collected reflect that.
Anyway, this is a nice original pouch and horn set from the Assiniboine:
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I think the shoulder strap (or cord) is probably braided out of strips of wool trade cloth. The horn appears to be commercially made from a domestic bovine. Finished horns were stocked by the traders. The size and shape of the pouch (above) is very similar to the pouch worn by this Assiniboine hunter, who was painted by Carl (or Karl) Bodmer:
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This man, whose name translates as "Nothing But Gunpowder," has a bison horn instead of a cow horn, and his pouch lacks the fabric trim around the edges, but I think the size and flap shape are pretty similar.
This next one is not really a shot pouch, but was identified as a "food bag," likely the equivalent of a haversack, from the Blackfeet:
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I posted several other hunting pouches from Taos and San Ildefonso on the 1840 Era Shooting Bag Design thread in the Rocky Mountain Fur Trade section of this forum if you are interested. I can re-post them here if needed.