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Sleeping bag

Accession Number

656.2008.1

Object Name

Sleeping bag

Created

15/12/2008

Creator

Hermione Cooper

Accession Date

15/12/2008

Brief Description

'Black's' down sleeping bag. Hood with cotton tapes at the top. Khaki coloured with purple lining.

Materials

cotton, down

Dimensions

186(l) x 78(w)cms.

Number Of Objects

1

Inscription Description

"FIN 31" stencilled onto hood

Colour

khaki, purple, red

Maker

Blacks

Object Production Place

Scotland

Provenance

Thomas Black founded a sailmaking and chandlering business in Greenock, Scotland in 1863. His son, also Thomas, changed the emphasis and direction of the company in the early 1900's by diversyfying into tent manufacture which reaped big rewards from military contracts during World War 1.
Always ahead of the game, Black's Good Companion Catalogue was launched in 1932, a sumptious blend of equipment and narrative, way ahead of its time and proving to be an excellent marketing tool. The Arctic Guinea Tent and the Black's Icelandic Sleeping Bag were icons of the 1950's and 60's camping scene,and this rather 'used' bag has become part of our collection though we are not sure where it came from.
In 1933 Blacks were invited to supply tents for the Icelandic Millenium Celebrations and it seems they then became aware of the large Eider Duck colonies in Eastern Iceland. So, the Blacks Icelandic sleeping bag was born!

Acquisition Date

15/12/2008

Condition

hood torn

Condition Check Date

28/04/2009

Normal Location

Bohuntin

Current Location

Bohuntin

Rules

Spectrum : UK Museum documentation standard, V.3.1 2007

Modified

28/04/2009

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