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Riley slid his laptop into his vintage Dutch army messenger bag and then slipped the bag over his shoulder as he prepared to make his morning rounds. He ran his hand across the top flap of the bag--the heavy textured canvas material felt good. There was just something about that bag that made him feel grounded. Perhaps the fact that it was over seventy years old and that is was a piece of history sparked in him a sense of purpose. Whatever it was, he didn't go anywhere without it. He closed the door to his loft and made his way down to the first of many downtown coffee houses where he would while away the day typing posts to his blog and sipping coffee.

His first stop was his favorite, The Jake Shack. The barista saw him come through the door and immediately began making his usual drink.

"How is Mr. Wordsmith today," she said as she knocked the grounds out of the portafilter.

"Feeling a little melancholy today Wendy, better give me an extra shot," Riley responded.

"You need to try one of those Very Perky Berry scones, that'll brighten your day," She replied.

"Always the consummate marketer aren't you?" Riley said as he reached for one of the scones.

He took his Mocha Latte´ and his scone to his favorite table and pulled out his laptop. He immediately began to write... My day began anew with a Very Perky Berry scone...

This unique messenger bag is not only a piece of history but a cavernous tote for carrying all essentials of life. It once served as a utility bag for the Netherlands Army during WWII and even has a date stamp on the inside of the flap. It is made of heavy-duty cotton canvas in faded olive drab and measures 12.5" (32cm) wide, 11.5" (29cm) tall and expands to 4.25" (11cm) thick. The large flap secures with two cinch straps with brass hardware. It looks like this bag was originally designed to attached to a utility belt or shoulder straps. We added a 60" long shoulder strap made of 1.25" (3cm) wide cotton webbing and you can adjust it to your favorite length with two brass cinches located on the back. There are also two fabric loops on the bottom that can be used to secure things. This bag is wide enough to hold a 13.5" laptop and since there's not dividers inside you can cram lots of stuff in there. We were impressed with the quality, heavy-duty material used to construct this piece--it is ready to go into action with you.

This bag is in very good vintage condition and has spent most of its life (70+ years) in storage. We found no rips, holes or tears and the fabric is nicely faded for a great broken-in look. The hardware is free of rust and the stitching integrity is good. This one has a faded red stain on the bottom.

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WWII Dutch Army Messenger Bag - Unique, Historic, Big & Beefy Stuff Hauler


  • Vintage item from the 1940s
  • Materials: brass, cotton canvas
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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