Named WWI Army Haversack
The haversack is a private purchase example, typical of the field gear that was offered to soldiers and officers by retailers such as Abercrombie & Fitch during the First World War. The bag has two interior compartments and the bag has two exterior pockets, one on each side. The sides and bottom are reinforced with leather which remains pliable. The haversack cover is fastened down through the use of brass studs on the bag. There are two pair of studs to permit closing the bag more tightly or to permit the bag to be expanded. One of the four studs is missing. The name of “Capt. A. F. Ruch” is artistically painted on the bag cover. The full shoulder strap is present, and the bag shows clear signs of use in the field but it is in overall good condition.