Black Leather Military Messenger Bag

A medium-sized, leather army surplus messenger bag with clasp fastener and two compartments. New old stock.
Availability: 1 in stock
Stock ID: 463

Black leather army surplus messenger bag

This is an army  surplus East German military messenger bag in black leather. It's tough and well made.

This is the last one of these that we have in stock. The photographs are of one of several that we had in stock and their condition is similar to this one.

It has a fold-over flap on the front, secured by a metal clasp. Inside, on the front, are a small pocket, pen holders and two larger tubular holders. Behind are the two large, main compartments.

The small pocket could hold several credit cards, the larger tubular holders are wide enough for USB thumb drives.

Both main compartments offer the full height of the bag. The rear is 240mm high x 170mm wide x 60mm deep (6.75" x 9.50" x 2.5").  The front is not quite as wide.

The shoulder strap is attached by two carabiners and two metal D rings. The length can be adjusted by the buckle and can also be altered by adjusting the placement of a number of metal pins along the strap, so there's quite a bit of flexibility. The shoulder strap also has a connecting strap which helps keep the bag close to the body when walking.

Finally, on one side of the bag is another short strap. This could be used for handling or for securing a scarf.

We've shown a pen, 5" smart phone and book (15cm x 21cm x 2.5cm or 6" x 8" x 1") to demonstrate the bag's size.

It was made for the East German Army (DDR NVA) and is probably from the 1980s.

New old stock army surplus leather shoulder bag

  • New old stock (it's old and has been in storage, but was unissued and unused)
  • In good condition
  • There are scuffs on the front and the back

Dimensions of East German mulitary shoulder bag

  • 25cm high (just under 10 inches)
  • 20cm wide (just under 8 inches)
  • 3cm depth empty (just under 1.5 inches)
  • 648 grams

The mannequin dress form in the pictures is around size 10-12.

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Item Attributes
Attribute nameAttribute value
PeriodLate 20th century (1950-1999)
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