Re: Indy's shoulder bag

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Posted by Michaelson on November 21, 1997 at 07:38:26:

In Reply to: Re: Indy's shoulder bag posted by CS EHLER on November 20, 1997 at 17:48:36:

: : : : Sorry, folks!

: : : : An additional comment to Indy's shoulder bag (Gas mask bag MK VII).
: : : : It costs 20 pounds, the international shipping charge is 10 pounds each (at Sentimental Journey).

: : : Given the exchange rate, that's somewhere around 65.00 U.S. dollars. I
: : : ordered one this summer and it was in great shape... I even added a
: : : leather strap and metal buckle to give it a more authentic look.

: : Good grief, folks. I just acquired one in mint condition from a collector in New York state for under $20.00, and have received several responses to an inquiry I left on a militeria web page to date for bags in the same condition at around $12.50! If you're happy with the $65.00 price tag, great. But there are plenty of collectors out there who have them the MUCH less! Regards.

: YES to that! Most British collectors have these Mk VII gas mask haversacks for anywhere from $10 to $20 in UNISSUED SHAPE. One great place to list a post seeking a bag is TMCX ( This site, The Militaria Collector's Exchange, has a nice RECON page for people wishing to post a FREE WANT AD.

: As an historical aside, though Indy uses a Mk VII haversack in all 3 films, the Mk VII bag did not exist until 1940-41. As with most things British, there was a phase out of previous models (the Mks. V and VI). In 1936, the bag available would have been a Mk V only. But a prop is a prop is a prop.

: The Mk V and VII bags are very similar in appearance in that they have ONE top flap. The Mk VI has TWO top flaps. The Canadians also made a MK VII haversack virtually identical to the British model. . . though the CDN canvas tends to be more yellowish in appearance.

: Another note re props -- in the Raiders' truck chase, there's a map case (board with canvas flap) hanging to Indy's right. Though it's in a German truck, it's properly a British map case/board.

: Moreover, most British dealers/collectors will have the leather .455 Webley holster. Most of these are WW1 vintage as the .455 was officially phased out of British service as of 1932 (though it did see WW2 usage). International Military Antiques of Millington, NJ makes a nice REPRODUCTION .455 leather holster. Hope that helps.

Regarding the Miliaria web page mentioned above...that's where I found my bag. They are great folks to work with, should you ever need this kind of service. Appreciate the additional information! Regards

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