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Item Type:
Object
Category:
Object
EntryNumber:
304
AccessionNumber:
07.2012.1
AccessionDate:
2012-07-18
Name:
Bed roll
Image: Bed roll
Brief Description:
Bed roll, cotton, leather, metal, white text stencilled on "S W HERFORD", metal buckles and leather straps used for fastening, leather seam protection, brown outer with green lining. Fabric torn on the top inside inner edge plus tar like substance on reverse side.
Materials:
cotton, leather, metal
Dimensions:
66 (w) x 180 (l) x 15 (d) cm
Number of Objects:
1
Inscription Description:
S W HERFORD
Colour:
brown, green
Object Production Note:
Believed to have been made for sale through Army and Navy stores
Object Production Date:
Pre 1914
Provenance:
Understood to have been owned and used by Siegfried Herford whilst attending Officer Training Corps prior to enlistment as a Private with the Royal Fusiliers
Provenance:
Herford, Siegfried Wedgwood (1891-1916)
Acquisition Date:
2012-07-17
Condition:
Good
Normal Location:
Mountain Heritage Trust
Current Location:
Mountain Heritage Trust
AccessStatus:
Open
Notes:
This bed-roll (upside down in picture) was known as a 'Wolseley Valise' used by army officers and those undertaking expeditions etc. Officers had to purchase their own kit, so there were few restrictions as to what they could have as long as it met the 35lb weight limit for 'active service'. This was a bed and a suitcase all in one. Normally these would be kept behind the lines for use when you came out of the trenches. As a bed, the base of the valise normally had a fitted blanket. On top of this went a fitted mattress (for insulation not comfort). On top of this went a 'Jaeger' of 3-ply thick woollen 'fleabag' made of three blankets stitched on three sides with three buttons to facilitate entry/exit. Depending on the weather you slept with either one or two blankets above you. Above this you could put an extra army blanket if needed before folding the heavy mail canvas outer and tying yourself in. You would have had one or two field pillows, these were canvas pillow cases you filled with spare clothes etc. One tucks inside and the other goes on top. To keep your head warm there was the Wolseley 'sleeping helmet' rather like a balaklava but much thicker. The whole valise was designed to lay upon a folding campaign bed ('X bed') made of canvas and wood, there was a propriety mattress that went in between. As a suitcase, you simply laid out your kit on top of your bed (including folding bed and Roorkhee chair), folded the canvas cover over, tied it and rolled it up and fastened the whole with two very heavy duty leather straps with fitted carrying handle (not with Herford item). Further information kindly supplied by David Whithorn.
Rules:
Spectrum : the UK Museum documentation standard, 1997
Access Points:
Bed roll
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2985
Created:
2012-07-25 00:00:00
Creator:
M Willett