1914 Pattern Haversack

In this part of our ongoing series on the 1914 pattern leather equipment set, we turn our attention to the haversack. The haversack is an interesting element in the set as the design chosen is rather different to that of the 1908 pattern, although there was no inherent manufacturing reason why it needed to be so. The haversack was approximately the same size as the 1908 pattern example and was made with a webbing body, but leather straps and chapes: 

What makes the haversack different, as well as the fittings, is the profile front to back which is wedge shaped, with a larger base than top and affording a greater carrying capacity than its predecessor: 

Interestingly, however, this change was never translated over to the 1908 pattern set, even though that remained in production for another twenty years.  

The top flap of the haversack is secured by a pair of leather tabs and brass tongued buckles: 

A pair of buckles are rivetted to the base of the haversack: 

These are used when the pack is worn on the back, together with a pair of angled 2” wide leather tabs on the rear that mate with the buckles on the braces: 

Note also the buckles on either side of the haversack. These are used when the haversack is carried on the hip on the brace ends. All these fixing points are reminiscent of the 1908 pattern set but use leather and tongued buckles in place of webbing and Twigg friction buckles. There are a number of different variations of the haversack, and this replica follows the first, British made pattern with copper rivets and a full set of leather fittings. American examples used two-piece steel rivets and later production included webbing tabs with eyelets for the buckle tongues. 

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