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My guess is that they were not marked. It would have cost time and money to no great purpose. Flour, sugar and many other supplies would have been shipped in jute sacks.
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Posted 20 May 2014 - 05:58 AM
Just to show an opposition sand bag, which has no visible marks or stamps. The bag is constructed from a 'paper' material and apart from the knife cut through it, the bag is still in a sound strong condition. There once was a hand written tag with this (since gone missing) describing it as a 'German papier machie sand bag'
Dimensions are 11 x 23 inches or 28.0 x 58.0 cms
Trust this is of interest.
They were not paper Mache but rather thin strips of brown paper rolled to look like strands of cord and then woven. Your bag is 100% genuine and a wonderful thing to have as they are now so scarce as to be nearly impossible to find.
My grandfather told me that German women used to roll the thin strips of brown paper and then it was woven. He was so impressed by that fact that he cut a square out of a German Sandbag and brought it home and in the 1960s gave it to me. About fifteen years ago on an internet auction site a fellow offered a bag and he described it as 'Open weave 1st ww ? in good condition, no markings Individual who gave me this assured me it was german. measures 58 x 30 cm.'
I asked him one question - What is it made from and gave him a selection to choose from - silk, cotton, canvas and so on. He wrote a reply - 'None of those. I have examined it closely and it is made of paper'
I knew then that it was genuine and put aside $250 to bid but no one else bid on it so I got it for $40 NZ - about 16 pound Sterling. It is in next to perfect shape and the weave was exactly the same as the piece my grandfather gave me and both are identical to yours...you have an absolutely marvellous piece of very scarce WWI history so count yourself fortunate to have it.
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Posted 23 May 2014 - 11:55 PM
The longevity of this fabric is surprising. I have a German knife scabbard where the belt loop is made of the same material as the sandbag, the scabbard was buried for many years and is in relic condition, yet the belt loop remained.