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#1 Greg Robinson

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Posted 30 December 2006 - 06:09 PM

In 1940 the Marine Corps adopted the Army M1936 pattern field "musette" bag and modified it for their use by adding padded shoulder straps to it. I've seen documentation showing it as an officer's pack. Powers & Co and New York Drop Cloth Co. made it in 1940 and 1941. Atlantic Products Co and Boyt Harness Co. made them in 1942.

In 1943 and 1944 they went to a new pattern made by BOYT and S FROEHLICH Co. The new pattern could be adapted to be worn as a back pack or over the shoulder bag.

Here's the early pattern dated 1942.

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Posted 16 January 2008 - 12:24 PM

A first year of production USMC Officer's field pack made in 1940 by POWERS & COMPANY which also made USMC shelter halfs.

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Posted 19 November 2009 - 06:00 PM

Below are a few examples of the M.C.-modified Field Bags which Greg mentioned in the first post. The 2 at the top are 1944 Boyt-made Bags; the one at lower right is a "BOYT -43-". The only really substantial difference between these are the color shades; the Bag at lower left, made by the Sam Froelich company, differs in other ways from the rest.

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Posted 19 November 2009 - 06:06 PM

This Bag, in my experience at least, is unusual for this particular model because it is constructed of pea-green canvas (though they may not be as rare as I think they are); the great majority of these I've seen have been the familiar mustard-O.D. Marine contract duck...

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Posted 19 November 2009 - 06:09 PM

A little trivia: one Bag dated '43, the other dated '44, both with the same contract numbers:

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Posted 19 November 2009 - 06:13 PM

Stamped "S. Froelich Co. 1943", this is an oddball: soft web flap straps with no metal end tips and cast buckles a good deal smaller than the normal Musette...

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Posted 19 November 2009 - 06:17 PM

Detail of the Froelich Bag; note the difference in the "U.S.M.C." stamp from the widely recognizable Boyt letters.

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Posted 19 November 2009 - 06:31 PM

3 "U.S.M.C." stamps...

'43 Boyt:

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'43 Froelich:

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This is from the 2-shaded '44 Boyt Bag...what the heck happened?? :huh:
Just that wierd stamp being on a W.W.II Boyt product makes this collectible... :P
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Edited by 'Flage Guy, 19 November 2009 - 06:49 PM.


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Posted 19 December 2009 - 05:40 PM

Stamped "S. Froelich Co. 1943", this is an oddball: soft web flap straps with no metal end tips and cast buckles a good deal smaller than the normal Musette...

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The Lite '43 manufactured version also has soft straps and no metal tip.

Edited by collector, 19 December 2009 - 05:43 PM.


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Posted 25 December 2011 - 12:42 PM

Another M1936 Bag identical to Greg's example, fitted with "strange" M1936 Suspenders- the Carrying Strap is a '41:

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Posted 25 December 2011 - 12:43 PM

Inside:

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Posted 25 December 2011 - 12:48 PM

The Suspenders are fitted in all cast brass hardware and stamped "U.S.M.C. M-1936; S.F. Co., Inc. N.Y.C.".
I've seen a small number of these pop up through the years, but it's been a very small number...

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Edited by 'Flage Guy, 25 December 2011 - 12:50 PM.


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Posted 20 July 2017 - 04:33 PM

The Lite '43 manufactured version also has soft straps and no metal tip.

 

 

I have one of those, the kind with no end caps on the straps. Every one I have seen, including mine, have no shoulder straps like all the others.

Anybody have one with pads, might be just a coincidence, since the contract would have called for pads?



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Posted 21 July 2017 - 12:37 AM

hello
late model , not easy to find
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