This is an original flax / hemp grain sack that is dated from 1842. It comes from the village of "Niedernai" in Alsace (on the sack the village written Niederne in Alsatian phonetic language) and the owner was S-B LUTZ. These sacks were hand woven by the farmers wives and families during the long cold European winters and originate from all over Europe. This tradition continued until the mid XXth century. The sacks were often replaced or threw away when the new generation was rising so it is pretty hard to find old sacks.
These sacks were stored in the homesteads in large old chests until harvest time. Many sacks bear the initials of the farmers but also special traditional patterns that vary according to the area and even the villages ! On this one you have a very classic hand painted laurel crown. The reason for these sacks was communal grain stores were often used and it made for easy identification of the farmers own grain.
You will notice that the sack is full of patches, holes, rips but also character and charm !
Weight : 500 g / 1.1 Lbs
Length : 120 cm / 47.2 in Width : 53 cm / 20.9 in
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