I finally finished the commissioned bag from last month based on the beautifully proportioned Roman design. As far as I know, this design dates back to at least the First Century C.E. and judging by it’s logic, probably much further.
I think the true loculus (satchel) utilized an envelope design from a single small goat hide but as they survive only in art, we have to make a few guesses as to construction. The one I made has a few more modern features including inner dividers and a cell phone pocket.
The leather is an oiled cowhide with a slightly scotched (textured) surface. This type of leather wears well, is weather-resistant, and comes back to life with a wipe down.
A simple button closer secures the flap while the straps cover the seams and give it body. The sewing is all double needle saddle stitch done by hand.
The body is divided into three pockets with an added cell phone holder.
Finally, the handle. Historic examples appear to have used this handle over the end of the staff with a cross piece through the loops, keeping it from sliding side-to-side as the one below.
I hope Gen, it’s new owner, loves it and finds it useful.