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May/Jun 2011

BILL CUNNINGHAM

Captain - Staff Writer

Our old friend, NAF member and owner of "Longhunter Leather Company" gave us permission to use information from his website on correct hunting pouches with some fine examples found sold at different auction houses in the last few years. Pretty good information to use when building or buying a new bag. 

You may want to look up Bob at: http://longhunterleather.tripod.com/

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An original 1700's Hunting Pouch

(Documented)

HaversackHaversack

David Cooke [1761-1842]

All articles shown are from the hunting pouch of David Cooke a well known hunter from Norristown, Pennsylvania. Born 1761 - Died 1842.

This is a very heavily documented pouch & rifle in the Norristown PA area with family letters dating back to the mid 1800's. An inventory of the gun & pouch along with other personal belonging was written in 1837 & included in the will when Mr. Cooke passed away. The rifle/pouch & contents had stayed within the family until the early 1960's when resent members realized its worth. $$$

The American Hunter
December 1975

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More ON Historical Pouches

1730 - 1830

These are original hunting pouches of a 100 year span in history, auctioned at several of the Eastern Auction Houses dealing in antique firearms and accessories. Time frames as well as estimated value and realized selling prices are shown. The interesting part is the sizes and shapes really donít change as much as one would think in a century time period.

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A problem found with any of these pouches, bags or whatever they are called from the different regions is. The information in most part is 5th hand or earlier. As we all know from personal experience, the more times they story is told it changes in character. We have found that some authors claiming documented records for their books on a subject got their information from someone that heard that information from another and so on - that's not documented proof - "that's hear say".

You have to use common sense when doing your research not just one or two sources, that's how bad information gets worst.

Go to the sources that have good solid information; museums (not all of them are correct either - remember the family that donated the article had a story too), historical sites with museums, private collections and like shown antique auction houses. Always work all the angles in your research and you'll gather more information on all your items not just in this case hunting pouches. Good Luck, and enjoy yourself quest.

 

11/08/2006

ARNOLD'S ANTIQUES

 

 

 

ITEM N0.

DESCRIPTION

CONDITION

OWNER

SELLING PRICE

Hunting Pouch

# 0622

The pouch is an original 1800-1830 style bag.

10" x 9" hunting pouch-hand sewn commercial tan leather quite possibly cow & linen lined.

A little stiff, and has several small holes in the front of the bag.

Overall a great example of these rare items that are seldom found.

Original Owner: Theodore L. Bates.

Estate of:

William T. Bates - Fairfax, VA.

(EST $1000 - $1500)

Price Realized: $1,300.00

ITEM N0.

DESCRIPTION

CONDITION

OWNER

SELLING PRICE

Hunting Pouch

Hunting Pouch

# 0623

The pouch is an original 1790-1830 style bag.

10" x 9" made of hand-stitched animal hide quite possibly deer, with some fur intact. Double pouch, beaver tail front flap, leather shoulder sling has a replacement of finger woven fabric, scissor mold and a very crudely made powder horn are included

The leather is a little stiff, no holes. A few of the seams are opened slightly.

Overall a great example of these rare hunting pouch.

Original Owner: Alexander G. McCormick.

Estate of:

John D. McCormick - Little Rock, AR.

(EST $900 - $1000)

Price Realized: $1,150.00

02/20/2007

AMOSKEAG AUCTION CO.

 

 

 

ITEM N0.

DESCRIPTION

CONDITION

OWNER

SELLING PRICE

Hunting Pouch

Hunting Pouch

# AM1311

This is a very nice 1790-1820 hunting bag. All construction was done by hand retaining 95% original finish with some minor wearing along the edges. The cow powder horn has a buff color body and walnut plugs. 11" x 7" made of hand-stitched vegetable tan hide possibly cow. Double pouch, leather shoulder sling with brass buckle, powder measure of cow horn.

The leather is pliable, with no holes on the bag. A couple of the seams are opened slightly.

Overall a great example of an early hunting bag.

The hunting bag is original from the estate of Daniel T. Evans Family of Lancaster, PA.

(EST $1200 - $1500)

Price Realized: $1,525.00

07/20/2008

AMOSKEAG AUCTION CO.

 

 

 

ITEM N0.

DESCRIPTION

CONDITION

OWNER

SELLING PRICE

Hunting Pouch

Hunting Pouch

# AM0291

This hunting pouch appears to be from around the 1750-1780 period. A nice hunting pouch with a crudely made powder horn with a pail yellow colored body and walnut plugs. 10" x 8-1/2" made of hand-stitched animal hide quite possibly deer, bark tan. Single pouch with long front flap, leather shoulder sling with iron buckle, brass adjustable powder measure. The leather is a little stiff, and has one small hole in the front of the bag. And a couple of the seams are opened slightly.

Overall a nice example of a rare item that are seldom found.

The pouch is original from the estate of Tyrone L. Hancock Family - Westport, CT.

(EST $1000 - $1500)

Price Realized: $1,150.00

11/23/2006

JOE SALTER COMPANY

 

 

 

ITEM N0.

DESCRIPTION

CONDITION

OWNER

SELLING PRICE

Hunting Pouch

Hunting Pouch

# 002367

This is a well cared for 12" x 9" classic hunting pouch made of hand stitched commercial tanned cow hide. It's a single pouch with a rectangle front flap, the shoulder sling is a possible replacement, nice period brass measure, a bone handle knife with a sheath and a sheath attached on back of pouch for the pole axe and a very nice powder horn. The leather is in excellent condition, no problems with the hunting pouch or any of the extras. Seldom found are the nice additions.

Overall a great example of a classic hunting pouch and add-ons.

From the estate of:

Elise Madison Jackson of Harrisburg, PA.

This pouch is late 1790 early 1820 styling.

(EST $1200 - $1600)

Price Realized: $1,750.00

01/11/2007

LITTLE JOHN'S AUCTION

 

 

 

ITEM N0.

DESCRIPTION

CONDITION

OWNER

SELLING PRICE

Hunting Pouch

# 7812

10" x 8" crudely made of hand sewn animal hide. Single pouch, leather sling is a replacement, iron buckle and a well worn powder horn that at one time was nicely done. An original pouch body and brass adjustable powder measure. An 1800-1830 era pouch. The leather is getting a little rough, with a couple of the seams opening. Overall a good example of an old original pouch.

From the estate of:

John R. Rockwell Family - St. Louis, MO.

(EST $600 - $1000)

Price Realized: $750.00

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 Thank you Bob Browder

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