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News as of April 14:

White, Madder Red, Black, British Royal Blue*, and French Royal Blue Broadcloths are out of stock and more should arrive next week, perhaps in time for the Fort Frederick Market Fair.
(* I do have plenty of British Royal Blue Kersey in stock.)
Natural White Serge is also out of stock, but I do have the Natural White Milled Serge.
Cassimere, which was often used for waistcoats and breeches, may be available next week.

9/8" musket flints are back in stock.

Robert Land emailed me to announce he has resumed making shoes. I should have the first batch at Fort Frederick next weekend. He will no longer do custom work for individuals, but will make shoes for merchants like myself. Most of his production goes to Civil War sutlers. However he does supply Flying Canoe Traders with the Hi-Lo's. I believe that I am the only merchant that will have his buckle shoes.

All four sizes of the iron buckles are now in stock.

The Rhode Island company that I used for over 25 years to cast brass buckles closed shop in January. I found another local small foundry to make the same items but at a slightly higher cost, so my new prices are slightly higher.

My stock of Blackball is very low, perhaps a dozen pieces. It is likely to run out before Debra and I make another batch.

Mohair Buttonhole Twist is in stock, though a limited supply. Mohair is a hair from the Angora goat and the yarn was used to work buttonholes on soldiers and common civilian clothing. Nowadays this fiber is hard to find compared to silk or linen. If you have the chance to look at original 18th C. garments the buttonhole thread looks shiny, lustrous, and you think it is silk, but it really is mohair. In period newspaper advertisements and army receipts and bills of lading, it is refered to as Mohair twist or sticks. I have this twist in most of the Kochan & Phillips cloth colors, and the hand-dyed twist is $18 for a 27 yard skein.

Good day and welcome to our reproductions home page.

On the following pages are many items of use to Revolutionary War period reenactors. For those who don't know us, we have been active in Rev War reenacting/living history for quite sometime. Roy since 1976 and myself, Debra, since 1982. We are currently members of the 40th Regiment of Foot, Brigade of the American Revolution (Roy was former Inspector), British Brigade and Company of Military Historians. When Roy started in this hobby he was one of the founding members of the 2nd Rhode Island Reg't. Like most other units, much of what they used they bought from sutlers. As the unit began to grow and conduct research they realized that a lot of sutler merchandise wasn't as authentic as it could be, and we could do better on our own and for a lot less money. Roy took up leatherworking and hat making, Eric Swanson made wood canteens, Steve Boscarino created a machine to spin cast pewter buttons, and Carl Becker made the clothing. It didn't take long for friends in other regiments to begin asking Roy if he would make something for them, and that's how his reproduction business got started. Some of you may remember when Roy simply had a blanket spread out with merchandise. When Steve Boscarino retired and moved to Maine in the 1980's, Roy inherited the button casting machine, which was a hazardous contraption built from washing machine parts, and now long since replaced by a professional centrifugical casting machine. About the same time, he and a few other 2nd Rhode Island members left and began the 40th Regiment of Foot. Soon after 40th Foot commander Don Dailey and Roy took classes on 18th C. shoe making and general leatherwork. Roy met Debra at the Marietta, Ohio B.A.R. Grand Encampment event in 1988 and married a year later. When Ed Arrufat (Butler's Rangers) died his widow Margaret offered the brass buckle molds to Roy, which he acquired and has since doubled the number of brass items that were available from Ed.

Over the years Roy and I have examined many original accouterments and other period items in private collections and public museums. This knowledge was combined with experience in traditional leatherwork, hat blocking, sewing, and finding correct materials so we could make accurate reproductions.

Some of the items we offer are pictured in Collector's Illustrated Encyclopedia of the American Revolution by George C. Neumann and Frank Kravic, Soldiers in America by Don Troiani, and other well-known reference books. Where applicable we have noted the book, page and figure number in the item description.

To further document some items herein I have liberally quoted from Bennett Cuthbertson's A System for the Compleat Interior Management and Economy of Battalion of Infantry, 1768 edition. Mr. Cuthbertson was a Captain in the 5th Foot and his recommendations appear to have been followed by many of the British regiments as exemplified by the frequent appearance of his suggestions written verbatim in several other books and regimental orders. It is not known if Cuthbertson was describing the current practice in the 5th Foot or what he wished they did but nonetheless his book was widely read and to some extant his recommendations were followed.

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