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Object ID # 1961.019.001
Object Name Case, Traveling
Title Henry Byers' Carpet Bag
Lexicon category 3: Personal Artifacts
Date Likely pre-1853
Year Range from 1825
Year Range to 1860
Made London, England, United Kingdom
Place of Origin London, England, United Kingdom
Description A carpet bag with two handles and a beige/orange/yellow/red/green/black design. The handles are constructed of heavy twisted hemp fibers, which are covered with leather and handsewn with a cord-like thread. Inside the bag, there are metal strips and wire to form the tight closure and provide a divider. These metal pieces are hidden under a white cloth lining, which is sewn to the carpet walls. The carpet bag has a flat bottom made out of leather-covered cardboard. Along the sides of the bag, there is leather piping along the seams. There is a label with black printing glued to the leather bottom. It is rectangular, with a belt design (garter) and reads "London Made Order 5445 86". At the top of the bag on one side is a flat keyhole fitting, possibly for locking the bag.
Provenance The previous owner, Isabelle Byers (née Bell) reported that this carpet bag was brought from Scotland, circa 1853. It had been owned by a Henry Byers, who came from Dumfrieshire, Scotland. He took up land in Normanby Township, Grey County, Canada West in 1866 from the Crown.

Isabelle Byers (née Bell) was married to Wilbert Byers. Her husband, Wilbert Byers, survived her and passed away on June 6, 2009 in his 102nd year. He was also known as "Bert Byers".
Collection Personal Gear
Material Textile/Cloth/Leather/Cardboard/Thread/Metal
Dimensions H-28 L-40 cm
Found Grey County, Ontario
People Byers, Henry
Subjects Luggage
Search Terms Normanby Township