Roy

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Roy and Debra Najecki's
American Revolutionary War
Reproductions Home Page

Debra

News:

As some of you know Debra had surgery for breast cancer last year just after recovering from heart surgery
and getting back to work for a few months. All went well but this fourth bout of cancer has left her very weak
and struggling to get back to 'normal'. So Debra is now staying home on long-term disability and we expect a long, long recovery.
But she will be at events in 2014, and is still making the horsehair neckstocks and cockades.

We are now making cuff links for mens shirts.
Also known as sleeve links, these are cast from originals, and available in pewter, solid silver, gold plated, and silver plated.

We changed the Table of Contents page so hopefully this will make it easier to find the items you are looking for, assuming we make them.
I know how to make other items not listed, such as cocked hats and bayonet carriages, but simply don't have the time.

We recently started accepting phone orders with credit card payments (4% surcharge) for customers in the USA.

In 2013 we added Swanskin to the line of Kochan & Phillips Historical Textiles.
And on October 31st several colors of broadcloths and kerseys are now back in stock.

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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