Military WW1 or before Leather saddle bags / panniers.
From a little research, these original saddle bags are likely to be dated somewhere between 1900 and 1920. There are no military markings (or any maker’s stamps) on them. However, it seems that the Swiss, French, British, German and Austrian Army officers used similar saddle bags within their cavalries. Most of them had longer flap covers and also folded flat. The only ones that come close to this pair, is an example of a Swiss Army issue from around 1901.
I have them because I thought they were an interesting set of panniers that would go with a vintage or veteran motorcycle. (They are just big enough for a couple of bottles of “lemonade” for those veteran runs out to the countryside.)
I think I have priced them very sensibly. Other examples seem to be over £300.
Condition: Well, whatever date they are, they are old. The leather is thick but they do have cracks on the outside. The tops still fasten and all of the harness anchors are in decent condition. They aren’t like new, but they will do the job.
- Height. 10″
- Width at top. 5 1/2″
- Width at base. 5″
If you know for certain what these were used for, and who used them, please let me know.
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