A scarce pre-war second issue 1908 pattern haversack, this type being replaced in early 1914 with the simplified type seen throughout the war.
This type of haversack was designed to incorporate the wearing of the water bottle on the front of the haversack, via the twig buckle and loop sewn to the top and front of the flap. These features were removed from the pattern from February/ March 1914, making this an early pre-war example.
This example is unfortunately not dated but is likely to be circa 1909-1914. The webbing has been treated with blanco at some point and there is overall wear, though nothing considerable. There is some ribbing in places and a small fray mark to the front flap with some rust marking to it. All brass work is present and correct. There is a faint ring of wear where a round tin has been carried for some time pressed against the lower body, possibly a cooker. The name 'Briggs A' along with 957 have been handwritten under the flap.
Overall a scarce early item of 1908 webbing, worthy of any Great War collection.
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