Wallets & Shoulder-Sacks

These medieval shoulder-sacks are most frequently depicted as a sort of double-sack slung over one shoulder, almost always white (presumably an undyed linen or hempcloth?), with one or two slits along the length of the bag, towards the middle; it appears to have been used as a saddle-bag, too. See Carrysack from Martebo for a method of construction; the 18th century market wallet is similar.

These bags sometimes also appear to have been carried on a stick, as we see in the illustration of Fortune and Poverty in De casibus (BNF Fr. 132, fol. 42v), c. 1470-1480.

See also On Carrying Things: Packs, baskets, bags and bundles in Dragon #11 for additional 15th century examples on pages 2, 12, 15, and 16 of the PDF.