To order Cartridge Pouches, Boxes, Buff or Black Leather: click on this PDF icon
and follow the instructions on the top of the page.
Box, Pouch, and Buff Leather Order Form
I presently have a lengthly backlog of 29 hole Continental Army boxes,
and 29/36 hole British pouches to make for fellow reenactors and museums.
Please be advised I am not accepting any more orders until I get caught up,
and I do not have any idea when that will be.
Cartridge Pouches - Prior to 1784 there wasn't a standard or Warrant
for a British army cartridge pouch. It was the custom of the Colonel of
each regiment to purchase, through the Regimental Agent, cartridge pouches
for their regiment. Consequently several varieties of British cartridge
pouches were used during the war. Two common varieties are the 26-hole
and 29-hole pouches. Several originals of the 26-hole varieties exist,
including one with Bunker Hill provenance, and several originals of the
29-hole variety also exist. Presently I make the 29-hole pouch and eventually
I will also make the 26-hole pouch. The only major difference between
the two is the length of the block.
British Cartridge Box - This is the simple 18-hole block with a leather flap that was furnished by the Crown as part of a soldiers "stand of arms". Some were made with plain flaps, others were embossed with a gold GR2 or GR3.
Continental Army Cartridge Boxes - Documents in the George Washington papers suggests that British pouches of 29-hole design were the inspiration for Continental Army cartridge boxes. These boxes, of the "New Construction" as Washington called them, were made and issued from 1777 to the end of the war.
Box vs. Pouch: The style of ammunition case with leather surrounding the wood block was called a pouch by the British, and generally known as a box by the Americans. To the British the terms cartridge box and cartridge pouch meant two different types of equipment, while the Americans seemed to use the terms interchangeably.
Like most pouches
of the period, the flaps are of heavy, rough-side-out leather. Rough-side-out
on pouch flaps, and shoes as well, enable the blackball to adhere to the
leather. The flap is held closed by means of a round leather button, brass
clasp, or iron pivoting stud on the bottom of the pouch. Two hand-forged
iron buckles on the bottom of the pouch, and a wide carriage keeper on
the back, holds the shoulder carriage (sold separately.)
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Shoulder Carriage for Pouch or Box (and buff leather)