Vintage Swiss Army Medic Bag - Messenger Bag, Shoulder Bag or Purse

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Katie was exhausted. She had been scouring the Berlin flea markets for a shoulder bag big enough to hold her iPad Mini and a water bottle and just couldn't seem to find something that was unique and eye catching. She was running out of time too, her flight back to the States was scheduled for later that day. But all that shopping had made her hungry and she was being seduced by the enticing smells emanating from a Turkish dolma stand. She ordered one, sat down on a nearby bench and began to eat. After a few bites, she raised her head to look around and spied a vendor's booth straight across the street.

"That's it," she thought to herself as she quickly stood up and trotted across the street, half eaten dolma in one hand. "Mag ich diese Tasche bitte sehen" she mutter out in her feeble second-year high school German.

Amazingly the vendor understood what she had said and responded "I speak Englsh...yes you may see the bag. It is a Swiss Army medic bag. It would make a great purse, yes?

"YES, I'll take it!" Katie said as she quickly paid the man and slung the bag over her shoulder. It was off to the airport and home. She'd bagged a last minute Berlin treasure and ironically it was from Switzerland--she felt so "Continental".

Here's a cool shoulder bag formerly serving with the Swiss Army as a medic bag but is now ripe for re-purpose as a messenger bag or purse. It is 12" wide, 10" tall, expands to 4" deep and is made of military-grade faux leather vinyl in olive drab green. It weighs in at just under 2 lbs. The latches are made of aluminum and it has an adjustable shoulder strap made of 1" wide webbed cotton--long enough for wearing cross-shoulder.There are two side rain flaps that fold in from the sides for added weather protection. The interior is divided into two sections (7" & 3") with a small 2" pocket on one end and a couple of pen slots on the other end. The larger section is plenty big enough to hold an iPad Mini and could probably hold a full size iPad at a slight angle. (You could also cut away the center divider if you need a larger area for stowing devices.) The Swiss Army is known for their quality-made equipment and this bag is no exception. It is made of heavy-duty material and the latches have a quality feel to them. We are dating this bag to the 1970s - 80s.

This bag is in very good vintage condition and looks like it was never issued. We found now rips, holes or stains. The stitching integrity is good.

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The following items can't be returned or exchanged

Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:

  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
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At the Leaping Lemming, We like happy customers! Upon receipt of your purchased item, check for any shipping damage and Convo or email us ASAP if there is shipping damage or other issues.

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Reviews (1)


The bag arrived quickly and exceeded my expectations :-)

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