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This listing is for one of my most exciting finds to this date. ☺ A fur military backpack, how cool is that! I did a fair bit of web research on this type of piece and found some conflicting information. So, you’ll have to forgive me if I am not precise with my facts.

I am inclined to think that this is a Swiss military backpack circa WWII. The backpack is large and constructed on a rigid frame. The pack measures 18 x 10 ½ x 4”. The entire exterior is covered with fur, even the frontal surface under the flap. I am inclined to think that it is a calfskin, however, some of the web sources I located, referred to similar items as made from pony. The interior is lined with canvas. The straps are a made of combination of leather and coarse, sturdy canvas. Some of the hardware on the straps does not match, however, it also could have been part of the design. The backpack was made with an exceptional craftsmanship and great care.

The imprinted information on the backpack is as follows: a cross insignia and Sch encased in a rectangle, A. Zollinger, sattlermeister, affolternna, 43. I suppose this identifies the person, location and year this piece was made.

The backpack is in good vintage condition, especially considering its age and original use. There are no structural issues with the piece, just mostly surface wear. I am pleasantly surprised by the condition of the fur as it shows very little wear. The leather parts show some scratches and a bit of cracking, but nothing I would consider structurally damaging. The interior surfaces show some discoloration and areas of rust stains near the hardware. There is a mild odor typical of items stored in closed environment for prolonged period of time. Nothing terribly offensive or too noticeable, unless you really put your nose right next to the pack.

This is a great find that would make a fantastic gift to someone who collects WWII era pieces or to a rugged outdoorsy type of person who likes to hike in style. ☺

Fantastic antique Swiss military backpack

Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1940s
  • Materials: fur, leather, canvas, hardware, wood, metal
  • Only ships to United States from California, United States.
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