Not all the components of the 1914 pattern set were entirely made of leather. We have already looked at the haversack which had a webbing envelope and leather fittings and today we are looking at the pack which shares a lot of design features with its smaller counterpart:
The main body of the pack is made of webbing and is the same size and shape as the 1908 pack. The fittings are also similar but made of leather rather than webbing. The top flap is secured with two leather 1” straps and matching brass tongued buckles:
These straps are sewn to the underside of the flap:
Note the weather flaps at either side to help protect the contents of the pack. The base of the pack has a pair of leather loops and a buckle to allow the supporting straps to be attached to it:
Whilst at the top of the pack the two angled 2” tabs and the tabs holding the 1” buckles are also leather:
Because they will be holding a lot of weight, the 2” tabs are not only stitched, but also secured with three brass hose rivets:
Because they are made of leather, the 2” tabs indicate that this replica follows the design of the first 1914 pattern pack, later variations replaced the angled 2” tabs with webbing examples with metal eyelets to allow the buckles of the 1914 pattern set to attach to them. Later examples replaced all the fittings on the 1914 pattern pack with webbing, but retained the eyelets and tongued buckles to allow them to be used with the set as the first pattern had been.
The 1914 pattern pack retains all the strengths and weaknesses of its 1908 pattern equivalent. It is reasonably well balanced when worn on the back and has a moderately adequate load carrying capacity, however it lacks flexibility and being a single open bag, it is awkward to find items at the bottom of the pack without emptying it completely. Post war designs would look at remedying this failing, with greater or lesser success.