The original possibles bags were carried by black powder riflemen in the 18th and 19th Centuries. The bags were typically rustic, and designed to hold all of the shooting accouterments needed operate the comparatively primitive early firearms. This particular example was custom designed for a collector of artistic reproductions of flintlock rifles and accessories. It was specifically designed to accompany an elaborate scrimshawed powder horn that tells the story of the owner’s ancestors, some of the earliest European immigrants to Western Pennsylvania.
We borrowed from some of the traditional motifs of possibles bag construction to create this example which took over forty hours to complete. The pattern is entirely unique for the customer, and every stitch was sewn by hand using linen thread. We are grateful for this commission, and hope that our customer gets many years of enjoyment from this addition to his collection.