Not sure, oudenos. The Improvement Era at this time is filled with scouting stuff, including detailed illustrations of plaiting lanyards ‘n’ stuff from strips of leather (in my day, it was bright plastic and we called it boondoggle). I wondered if this was some of that, but it seems kind of big.
Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — July 29, 2010 @ 9:13 pm
That’s a canteen and a hank of rope on the right; a hatchet, pocketknife, and mess kit on the left.
Hadn’t even noticed the hatchet until you named it, Coffinberry.
She Who Knows has spoken! Thanks.
Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — July 29, 2010 @ 9:38 pm
I knew a Scouter once who used his campaign hat to avoid speeding tickets. By strategically positioning the hat in the back window of his car he would get a pass from the state troopers, county mounties and sheriff’s deputies – a professional courtesy to a “fellow law enforcement officer.” If they only knew!