|Object ID #||1961.019.001|
|Object Name||Case, Traveling|
|Title||Henry Byers' Carpet Bag|
|Lexicon category||3: Personal Artifacts|
|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.|
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".
|Dimensions||H-28 L-40 cm|
|Found||Grey County, Ontario|