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Guest Baggage: Czech Army Sling

Posted on: July 6th, 2009 by Lesli Larson

I’ve been investigating closure solutions and historical satchel examples for my musette project. A friend of mine picked up this WWII, Czech army satchel from a local surplus store. A flickr friend noted that he liked the “random #4 stamp” and the “standing seam detail” of the body of the bag–details that don’t reproduce well when aped by modern bagmakers wishing for vintage authenticity. I love the toggle closures which seem more craft fair than military surplus. I also like the sway strap but would change the bag’s portrait orientation from vertical to landscape.


  1. Solomander on

    I am starting to appreciate vertically oriented bags for walking around. They’re easier to balance over one shoulder (for me, anyway). Also, lighter is better.

  2. dr.gailleton on

    Great, I have one since two or three years – it was around 3€.
    The toggle closures are not really well sewn on but that’s a part of the real eastern-europe style 😉

    It is rather my weekend bag as it is just a bit too small – nevertheless very low profile.

    Like the comment above I prefer a portrait orientation – it is just
    easier to handle.

  3. l'il hateful on

    I’ve got to come down in favor of horizontal — more books, more organizational space, although straps are always a problem. More weight in the bag means that even a solid wide strap will get puckered into that pocket between your neck and your shoulder.

  4. Bench rules on

    that bag looks nice!ive been looking for something like that but you dont get much online!

  5. sue on


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