Hunting Bags

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.

 

These are the same bags sold in the Prentis Store at Colonial Williamsburg.

 

* Tooling on the flaps may vary slightly*

(These are handmade after all)

 

All hardware is solid brass or aged iron.

 

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Halifax County

with 'D' flap and edging

Original bag was found in Halifax Co., Va. About 7 1/2" wide x 10" tall. Strap is 1" with buckle adjustment.

$165  

 


    

 

Giles County

with tooled flap

Original bag had the spider web tooling. About 7 1/2" wide x 6 1/2" tall. Strap is 1" with buckle adjustment.

 

Tooled Flap $145 

Plain Flap $135 


 

Bland County

Nice little day bag with just enough room for all your stuff. Measures 8" tall and 6" wide. Strap is 1" with buckle adjustment.

 

 Plain Flap $145  

 

Tooled Flap $155

 


Tazewell County

With Tooled Flap

Just a nice day bag with a different look. Original is in Madison Grant's book. About 7 1/2 " wide x 6 1/2" tall. Strap is 1" with buckle adjustment.

 

With Tooled Flap $145

With Plain Flap $135

 


 

Bath County

Tooled flap

Wider than deep makes this bag easier to get into and find what you need. Measures 7" tall and 9" wide Strap is 1" with buckle adjustment.

Tooled Flap $165 

 

 

Plain Flap $155

 

 


 

Highland County

with tooled flap

This is my most popular bag. Lots of space but not too large. About 8" wide x 10" tall. Strap is 1" with buckle adjustment.

 

Tooled Flap $185 

Plain Flap $175 

 


 

 

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