GERMANY – SEA BAG – NAVY SAILOR
This is heavy duty, thick canvassed, hand painted German Navy sea bag (barrack bag) used by a sailor of the Kaiserliche Marine. Here in the U.S. we might call this a barrack bag. The sailor would have used this items as he moved from ship or shore installation to a new assignment. Once there he might keep it under his sleeping berth and pull out items as needed.
The barrack bag has a pull drawstring tight closure. The bag is made of stiff and sturdy canvas which would absorb a lot of punishment as it was moved around.
The original owner was a bit of an artist and personalized his sea bag to suit his taste. The well hand painted barrack bag is vibrant in color. The front is adorned with a fouled anchor with the German national flag. It also has the numbers “89″ and “92″ which along with the German national flag as opposed to the Kriegsflagge would date this sea bag to 1889-1892. On the reverse hand painted in white, outlined in red is “J. LUX.” . On the bottom of the bag the same rope as is used for the drawstring is sewn in. Inside this circular rope is hand painted in whites “W.I.3. 97. 89.”The normal enlistment was for three years. One may wonder where this sea bag was during those three years.