Thursday, October 23, 2008

US GI Army Medical Kit/ Pouch; Vintage but nice looking

Recently I got a call from a friend about a US Army pouch he saw in some kedai bundle in Sungai Buloh. I was a bit busy (more like lazy) to go all the way there for a pouch but I remembered having something like that.

So…in I went into the pile of stuff I have tucked away in the big carton box under the windows. Oh…that box is a treasure chest!

Anyway, one thing that caught my eyes was this military medical pouch. I got it from one of them baju bundle shops in Penang many years ago. I had a feeling I already have something of this kind. I just can’t remember where I left it.

Back to the pouch. To be honest, I am not sure if it’s a pouch, a bag or to call it a kit. It looks significant enough to be called a kit. Here’s a picture of the pouch with a small drinking water bottle beside it. I tried looking it up the internet for something similar. There are a few similar designs but perhaps this one is old enough to fall into the ‘vintage’ category.

The pouch is obviously used. It’s rather old actually with metal buckles and the heavy canvas material. There are two badges on the lid of the pouch. Both of the badges are black in color with one depicting the ‘medical’ logo. See pictures below:

These badges can be removed but I have not touched them ever since I bought them. Okay, have a look inside. There are a total of 3 main zippered compartments. The zippers are all made of steel. Initially I thought they were going to be ‘ideal’ zippers, a brand that is rather common among vintage jeans. This pouch however uses zippers from ‘Éclair’ Kind of funny name for zippers. Reminds me of a brand of chocolate candy available here in Malaysia. Have a look at the zippers below:

Coming back to the main sections of the pouch. There is one main compartment. The other two zippered compartments are roughly of the same size but the upper one folds down to create something sort of a ‘chair’ shape.

As you can see, most of the buckles are made of metal. Some has already started to rust. The pouch’s lid is closed by a strap that deploys two methods of open/ close. One way to open the lid is to use the snap link. The other is using the feed through buckle. However, I believe the feed through buckle is for strapping the pouch tight. To access the contents of the pouch by feeding out the strap via the ‘feed through’ buckle would take too long.

Why I think this is a military first aid kit/ pouch? Well, for starters the green color is unmistakably very army and the ‘medical’ badge makes more sense to the pouch. I can not imagine what use the pouch would have except for being a first aid kit to the army people.

The printed numbers on the lid is another giveaway. Why would any civilian want to print such gibberish number on their bags without specific reasons? The one organization that often name their products would be the army.

So, what am I gonna do with this GI Military kit? I have not a clue. I like the idea of using it as my daily pouch to carry my stuff but its just a bit tad too big. The metal buckles, snap-ons etc are just too prone to rust and that’s another downside. Other than that, I think I have a rare collector’s item here. Even if its not, I doubt if I will ever throw it out any time.


muor76 said...

nice bag arr.. susah mau carik beg cam nih... simpan buat koleksi la..

L.C. Keong said...

Hello muor76...yalaaah, aku pun sayang la beg ni. Memang nak masuk koleksi siot.

Tok Rimau said...

U should visit Rengit. Orang asli sana ada permit jual barang lusoh dari Sinapore. Army gears included.

I propose u start a Barang Bundle facebook group. Invite me (Tok Rimau) n others.

Kita post gamabr pose in bundle shirt. Yipiyaikaiyee.

Ashleigh said...

Definately American because of the caduceus (unless a copy).

The second sinsignia will help you identify it. Post vietnam is my guess

Ashleigh said...

probably post vietnam but definately US cos of the caduceus

L.C. Keong said...

Hi Asleigh...
I hope its not a copy! Thanks for the info. Will check up on this caduceus thingy :)

L.C. Keong said...

Tok Rimau...okay, ada chance I pergi Rengit. Facebook? I tak pandai la facebook. Consider dulu :)