Compared to guns,
very few original hunting bags survive today. Most were made of various
leathers including calf, cow, pig, sheep, goat, deer and even groundhog.
Many of the wild game shot for food had their skins tanned for bags as
well. Cloth bags were used on occasion but cloth was more expensive and
wore out quicker. Of all the leather bags I've examined, only one had a
cloth lining. Early hunting bags were most often a utilitarian design.
Just something to carry your gear in. The more fancy or decorated ones
tend to be later 19th century ones when shooting matches were popular and
showing off your fancy gun meant having a bag and horn to match. The
bags I make are styled after originals that I have seen or from Madison
Grant's book "The Kentucky Rifle Hunting Bag". I use typical
leathers and hand sew all seams. I use a linen/nylon thread that looks
period correct but will last much longer than the straight linen thread
used on the originals. The buckles are iron or brass ones appropriate
for the time period. I stain and finish most of my bags to have a
slightly used and well cared for look. Due to the nature of leather,
color shades will vary and there may be some range marks from bugs or
barbed wire that I think will add to the natural look of the bag. All
come with one inside pocket except where noted.