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Stupid question about PORTMANTEAU's

 
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 1:40 pm    Post subject: Stupid question about PORTMANTEAU's Reply with quote

Historically what would have been carried in one?

My answer in today's time would be anything that fit, but what was actually carried in one.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 8:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stuff,garmets,think of it as a suitcase
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 10:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

most of them I have seen is barely big enough for a shirt let alone Clothing.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 10:52 pm    Post subject: Portmanteau Reply with quote

The name implies carrying your coat. Or a change of clothes. Agreed, most I have seen would not carry a full sized toothbrush and a tube of toothpaste, let alone a clean shirt or change of socks.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2013 8:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Then perhaps the reproduction ones that some have seen are incorrect? Those that I have seen would carry a change of clothing, though perhaps not a coat as well.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2013 8:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I believe you can find some of General Washington's online. Not sure of the size but they don't look too small, and I concur that they would have served as a type of valise.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 10:26 am    Post subject: Portmanteau question Reply with quote

I have carried a portmanteau several times for one or two night trips but not for period clothes; extra shirts, underwear, swimming trunks etc. I prefer to pack small things like toothbrushes in a separate little bag: my portmanteau has a tendency to dump things out of a hole in the middle front that magically appears when I pack it really full. Wallets (the cloth things that can sit astride your shoulders) seem to have been really popular for normal folks to keep up with things; I'd like to try one of those. Portmanteaus seem to come up (in old books and stories) in pairs; don't no why. My portmanteau is roughly 24" by about 9", although it seems bigger when I'm carrying it :)
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 4:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Without the horse and saddle that the portmanteau buckles onto, its not the first option I would pick for transporting my gear......

For traveling, think pistol buckets in front, saddle bags on back, and the portmanteau "Locks" the saddle bags in place.....

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 4:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That makes sense.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 2:34 pm    Post subject: Re: Portmanteau question Reply with quote

Gottlieb wrote:
my portmanteau has a tendency to dump things out of a hole in the middle front that magically appears when I pack it really full.

Add another strap & buckle to the center...
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2013 5:37 pm    Post subject: Manteau Reply with quote

A manteau is a cloak or coat. A portmanteau is a suitcase to carry a coat. They come in various sizes. Literally "a cloak carrier." They date back to the late 1500's.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2013 5:37 pm    Post subject: Manteau Reply with quote

A manteau is a cloak or coat. A portmanteau is a suitcase to carry a coat. They come in various sizes. Literally "a cloak carrier." They date back to the late 1500's.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2013 5:38 pm    Post subject: Manteau Reply with quote

A manteau is a cloak or coat. A portmanteau is a suitcase to carry a coat. They come in various sizes. Literally "a cloak carrier." They date back to the late 1500's.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2013 5:38 pm    Post subject: Manteau Reply with quote

A manteau is a cloak or coat. A portmanteau is a suitcase to carry a coat. They come in various sizes. Literally "a cloak carrier." They date back to the late 1500's.
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