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Cresta (Brown Best) Rucksack

Accession Number

109.2008.1

Object Name

Cresta (Brown Best) Rucksack

Created

13/10/2008

Creator

Hermione Cooper

Accession Date

13/10/2008

Brief Description

Cresta (Brown Best) canvas rucksack. Metal frame, canvas straps, metal buckles. Drawstring with red toggle. Pocket at either side.

Materials

canvas, leather, metal

Dimensions

439l) x 40(w) x 14(d) cms.

Number Of Objects

1

Inscription Description

Label with a flower sewn on top. "MADE IN BRITAIN" stamped on leather back rest.

Colour

dirty cream

Object Production Place

Britain

Provenance

We can't be 100% sure this is a Cresta rucksack since the label is missing, though where it is missing from is usually where Brown Best put their labels. The Cresta reigned supreme back in the 1960's though, rather confusingly, everyone called them ' bergen' since Bergens of Norway had captured the market earlier, to the point where 'bergen' became the generic term for all rucksacks, a bit like we call a vacuum cleaner a hoover, even though Hoover might not have made it.
Some faded writing tells us the rucksack was made in Britain and at one time seems to have belonged to John Clough, Hitchin, Herts. How it found its way to us we are not sure.
The sewn on badge with an Edelweiss indicates that the owner - presumably John Clough - was a member of the Austrian Alpine Club.

Acquisition Date

13/10/2008

Condition Check Date

28/04/2009

Rules

Spectrum : UK Museum documentation standard, V.3.1 2007

Modified

28/04/2009

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