Vintage Woods Arctic 3 Star Sleeping Bag Wool Down Canvas Sleeping Robe. The Woods Company, founded by James W.Woods produced canvas tents and other canvas goods for prospectors, surveyors, lumbermen, and the military. Sometime around 1898, the company introduced a new type of sleeping bag designed for extremely cold weather.
Externally, the bag was unremarkable but the insides were a different story. The bag was revolutionary for being the first to use duck down plumes for the insulation, stabilized with "Harwood patented" internal compartments. The use of some kind of internal compartment to prevent the migration of down continues to be employed today. By the 1920's, the Robe was carried by the best sporting goods stores including Abercrombie and Fitch , Griffin and Howe and Von Lengerke & Detmold (of these, only Griffin and Howe survives). These shops served a very wealthy clientele that included Teddy Roosevelt, Ernest Shackleton, Col.Townsend Whelen, Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, Clark Gable and Gary Cooper. The Robe was an ideal product to be carried by these high-end shops. , it was quite expensive and out of reach for all but the very affluent.
(History from the woods life dot com). This vintage sleeping bag is likely from the 1930s to the 1940, and for 80 to 90 years old it is showing some wear.
There are four open rips, none very large. Mostly they are along the seams which would be quick and easy fixes. These are highlighted in pictures 5, 6.There is also one rip that has been sewn up which you can see in picture 7. I have also attempted to highlight some of the more predominant stains in pictures 8, 9. Though they are not overly noticeable I want to make sure you are aware of them and the fact that this is not a pristine sleeping bag. The inside liner is a lined grey color and is in great shape with very few, very small holes likely caused by a moth (Pic 4). The bag also is missing two top snaps (Pic 10). Those are what I would consider to be the issues with the bag. The sleeping bag comes in a duffel bag that does not appear to be original, and which has a name written on it and a couple holes but functions as intended.
The sleeping bag itself also functions as intended despite the two missing top snaps. This bag is generally clean aside the listed issues and does not exhibit any smell other than age and the wool it is made of. The down in the lining still feels substantial and does not give me any reason to believe that this bag would not fulfill its intended use. I also have no doubt that this bag will continue to hold up for a very long period of heavy use.Measures 80" x 80" in the open position. Outer cover is made from 75% wool and 25% nylon. The inner lining and filler cover is 100% cotton. The filling s made of 75% down and 25% duck feathers. I hope that if you are interested in this bag that you will feel free to contact me with any questions or if you'd like more specific photographs. While this would certainly make anyone who collects vintage camping gear mighty happy, I believe it would find just as happy a home with anyone who collects unique historical items. If owning the same gear as the great Ernest Shackleton or Hemingway has an appeal, then this may be the bag for you. I'm real glad you stopped by to take a look? The item "Vintage Woods Arctic 3 Star Sleeping Bag Wool Down Canvas Sleeping Robe" is in sale since Saturday, March 20, 2021. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Advertising\Merchandise & Memorabilia\Advertising-Print\1940-49".
The seller is "stevecollected" and is located in Fox River Grove, Illinois. This item can be shipped to United States.