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Military Accoutrements

  • shakos

  • belting (black harness leather and imported white English buff)

  • artillery belting and tools

  • ammo pouches

Between the battles, I have been busy sewing and making equipment.  The following pictures give examples of some of the items that I have made over the last few years.  I rarely can keep any items in stock but I will do my best to get the item to you as fast as I can make it.  Shakos have a lot of drying time in the process of making them and I do have a limited number of hat forms and strength in stretching them.

Experience: I have made over 450 shakos in the last four years.  I have been selling through the Internet since 2000.

Contact: Email is the best way using the Email address above.  I will need the circumference of your head when ordering a shako or hat.

Scroll down for pictures of things that I make and their prices - shakos, belting, brass tools for artillery, ammo pouches, scissor chairs and other period items. If I have the time and if the project looks interesting, I am quite willing to tackle something new. I am presently working on the "quilted" shako.

I am not an historian so do not expect any expertise if you do not know what you want.  I do have several books for reference but that is it. I am an electrical engineer by trade.

Prices as of November/2014 subject to change without notice. The price of shellac has tripled in the last two years which makes me wish I had invested in shellac futures instead of buying it to make hats. Since all of my materials are bought in US dollars, prices are in US dollars.

Note: All pictures on this WEB Site are copyright, items are made by me, and the pictures taken by me.  If you see them on another WEB site, the person did not make that item and I would be very skeptical of their ability and quality of their product if they have to steal my pictures.

Please note: Prices are in US Dollars

Item

Description

Cost

Stovepipe Shako - Privates

Shakos use 26 ounce wool felt stretched and formed and then stiffened with white shellac.  Brim is of heavy vegetable tanned leather. A leather pocket is sewn in behind the brass plate for the tuft or plume. There is an internal hat band is of soft suede leather with a natural linen liner to adjust hat height. There is also a 1/2 inch wool lace outer band along the edge of the peak. Peaks are rough side up as per original.

Please specify if you are ordering for light infantry so the tuft pocket can be sewn on the inside of the shako.

Basic Stovepipe Shako - $130.00

Wool or Feather Plume - $25.00 (specify colour)

Universal Brass Plate - $45.00

Leather Rosette - $5.00

Unit Button - $2.00

Light Infantry Pewter Badge - $15.00

Belgique Shako - Privates

Shakos use 26 ounce wool felt stretched and formed and then stiffened with white shellac.  Brim is of heavy vegetable tanned leather. A leather pocket is sewn inside the hat on the right for the tuft or plume. There is an internal hat band is of soft suede leather with a natural linen liner to adjust hat height. There is also a 1/2 inch wool lace outer band along the edge of the peak. The edge of the shield has hand sewn edging. Peaks are rough side up as per original. Hooks are sewn on to attach the cording. Cording is wool braid.

Basic Belgique Shako - $160.00

Wool or Feather Plume - $25.00 (specify colour)

Universal Brass Plate - $40.00

Wool Cording - $40.00

Leather Rosette - $5.00

Unit Button - $2.00

 

Belgique Shako - Officer

Shakos use 26 ounce wool felt stretched and formed and then stiffened with white shellac.  Brim is of heavy vegetable tanned leather. A leather pocket is sewn inside the hat on the right for a plume. There is an internal hat band is of soft suede leather with a natural linen liner to adjust hat height. There is also a 1/2 inch wool lace outer band along the edge of the peak. The edge of the shield has hand sewn edging. Peaks are rough side up as per original. Hooks are sewn on to attach the cording. Cording is gold with red stripe braid.  The officer plate has the background dimpled as per original. Unit button is usually gold plated.

Basic Belgique Shako - $160.00

Feather Plume - $25.00

Officer Universal Brass Plate - $45.00

Gold Cording with Tassels - $50.00

Leather Rosette - $5.00

Unit Button (Gold) - $2.50

 

Belgique Shako - Royal Artillery

Shakos use 26 ounce wool felt stretched and formed and then stiffened with shellac.  Brim is of heavy vegetable tanned leather rough side up. A leather pocket is sewn inside the hat on the right for a plume. There is an internal hat band is of soft suede leather with a natural linen liner to adjust hat height. There is also a 1/2 inch wool lace outer band along the edge of the peak. The edge of the shield has hand sewn edging.  Hooks are sewn on to attach the cording. Cording is a deep yellow for artillery.  The plate is unique to the British Royal Artillery as well.

 

Basic Belgique Shako - $160.00

White Wool Tuft - $25.00

Royal Artillery Brass Plate - $60.00

Yellow Cording with Tassels - $40.00

Leather Rosette - $5.00

Artillery Button - $2.00

 

 

Specialized Shako: Shakos use 26 ounce wool felt stretched and formed and then stiffened with shellac.  Brim is of heavy vegetable tanned leather. These shakos can be made using almost any colour felt and the brim can be dyed as well.  Specialized custom wool plumes can be made as well. Due to the way the wool felt is purchased, minimum order is three shakos of one colour. Basic Unique Stovepipe Shako - $140.00

Wool or Feather Plume - $25.00 (specify colour)

Universal Brass Plate - $45.00

Leather Rosette - $5.00

Unit Button - $2.00

Light Infantry Pewter Badge - $15.00

(Minimum order of three.)

Belgique Shako Cords

(100% wool except for the officer's cording)

  • White for line infantry and grenadier
  • Dark Green for light infantry
  • Dark Yellow for artillery
  • Gold and red for officer

Gold and blue tassels/cording also available for officer in the navy, (for a chapeau bras and not a shako).

White wool cording - $40.00

Green Wool Cording - $40.00

Yellow Wool Cording - $40.00

Officer Gold/Red Cording - $50.00

Leather Rosettes - These are pressed leather rosettes,  Standard British size was 2 inch diameter.  American units used 4 inch diameter.  Sometimes rosettes were layered on top of each other. 2 inch diameter - $5.00

3 inch diameter - $8.00

4 inch diameter - $10.00

Feather Plumes - Line company was white over red (2/3 white and 1/3 red).  The doctor's plume was black and is shown on the left.  Grenadier was all white and light company was all green. Specify colour for plume - $25.00
Wool Tuft - White over red for line infantry, all white for grenadier, all green for light infantry.  Some militia units used other colours such as brown or black. They are about 6 inches in height and 1 1/2 inches in diameter mounted on a solid heavy single wire slightly flattened. Specify colour for tuft - $25.00
Specialized Tufts and Plumes - These are hand made by me - not imported from overseas so I can make whatever you wish. Write with details on what you are looking for. Typically about $25.00 each.
American Infantry War of 1812 Tombstone Leather Shako - Vegetable Tan leather, foul weather flap. American Leather Infantry Shako - $180.00

Nickel Plated Infantry Plate - $30.00

Shako Cord - $25.00

Wool Tuft with 4 inch leather rosette and Eagle button $45.00

Since leather has very little adjustment, please provide your head circumference accurately.

American Marine Shako - The American Marine shako is similar to the stovepipe British except tapered the opposite direction, with the top being wider than the bottom.  The brim is made with felt stiffened with leather.

Basic American Marine Shako - $150.00

Red tapered wool tuft - $30.00

Deep Yellow Cording - $40.00

Brass Plate - $40.00

(Marine buttons and eagle button only supplied if you buy complete package)

 

Albert Shako (British 1844-1855) - The  shako is similar to the stovepipe shako except with a patent leather top and patent leather brim and rear rain guard.  It also has a chin strap. The wool tuft was a ball affair with the same colour codes as before.

Basic Albert Shako - $250.00

Wool Ball Tuft - $25.00

 Brass Plate - $60.00

(I get the brass plates from England and there is a very limited selection of unit numbers unless you are willing to order a bunch). These are only sold with the shako.

Note: I am very limited to shako head size at the moment.  Size 7 1/2 is standard.

Revolutionary War Light Infantry Caps - Please specify head circumference.  Shield, peak, and edge covered with 3/4 inch twill. Silk scarf wrapped.  Linen liner for height adjustment standard.

Cap as shown minus horse hair bow - $100.00
Horsehair Fin: $25.00
Horsehair Bow - $25.00

British Oak Canteen - These canteens are made of oak and designed as per drawings of originals.  They normally hold water. The maker has seen one on the inside after a season of use and does not recommend drinking from any wood canteen.  (It appeared that black mold may have set up residence inside or the end user had put a liquid in the canteen that caused the oak to turn black.)  I now shellac the inside to stabilize the wood and help waterproof the unit.  Shellac is much like beeswax, in that it is non-toxic and a product of an insect but like beeswax, it breaks down with alcohol so you cannot put alcohol in your canteen - you will end up drinking the shellac. British Oak Canteen with wood stopper, strap, iron buckle and British Ordinance markings - $120.00
29 Shot Ammo Pouch - Suitable for Revolutionary War and War of 1812.  Fixed maple wood block with compartment underneath for tools and flints. 

Ammo Pouch - $160.00

White Buff Shoulder Belt - $55.00 

Specify 2 1/8 or 2 1/4 inch belt width.

Revolutionary War 36 shot "flip-over" Ammo Pouch (Rawl's Pouch)

The wood block has 18 holes in each end and flips over after the first 18 cartridges are used. 
These were used in the Rev War.

Ammo Pouch - $160.00

 

White Buff Shoulder Belt - $55.00

 

18 Shot Belly Box, hard maple, options to have belting on inside (considered safer reduced flipping) or on the outside (historically correct).

18 shot Belly Box - $35.00

GR2 or 3 Embossed Gold - $5.00

Belt with iron buckle for Belly Box - (specify waist size ) - $25.00

Bayonet Hanger for belt: $35.00

 

17 shot Belly Box, hard maple, options to have belting on inside (considered safer reduced flipping) or on the outside (historically correct).

The advantage of the odd number of holes is a more gentle taper for the belt and slightly less chance of the unit flipping over.

 

17 shot Belly Box - $35.00

GR2 or 3 Embossed Gold - $5.00

Belt with iron buckle for Belly Box - (specify waist size ) - $25.00

19 shot Belly Box, hard maple, leather catch.

The advantage of the odd number of holes is a more gentle taper for the belt and slightly less chance of the unit flipping over.

19 shot Belly Box - $36.00

GR2 or 3 Embossed Gold - $5.00

Belt with iron buckle for Belly Box - (specify waist size ) - $25.00
9 shot Belly Box showing Tom Browne catch 9 shot Belly Box - $25.00

Belt with iron buckle for Belly Box - (specify waist size ) - $25.00

GR2 or 3 Embossed Gold - $5.00

British French and Indian

Style 21 shot Ammo Pouch with belt: $200.00

Belting made with " champagne " buff leather which is a light yellow colour imported from England. Buckles are 2 3/4 inch.

Officer Sword Belt - white buff leather, shown with "GR" brass belt plate (extra). Shoulder Sword Belt - $75.00

"GR" Shoulder Plate - $28.00

British War of 1812 White Buff Bayonet Belt, using real English White Buff Leather imported from England, 2 1/4 inch width. (Bayonet/scabbard not included). Bayonet Belt - $65.00

Oval Belt Plate - Plain - $28.00

Oval "GR" Belt Plate - $28.00

French Style French and Indian War Double Frog White Buff Waist Belt - lower unit held sword or axe while upper unit held bayonet. The axe was more common in North America.

Belt is 2 inch wide.

Belt - $100.00

Please specify waist size.

English Style White Buff Double Frog Waist or Shoulder Belt - Original belt was worn around the waist but both the French and English in North America almost immediately started to wear their belts over the shoulder.  Lower unit usually held an axe and the upper unit the bayonet.

Belt is 2 inch wide.

Belt - $100.00

Please specify waist size or whether you plan to wear it over the shoulder.

 

Musket Sling, White Buff: This design was used when it was discovered brass buckles were causing the white buff to turn black. Easily adjusted by sliding leather loops to desired position.  Musket Sling - $40.00
Black Harness Leather Voltigeur Style Belting Bayonet Belts - $55.00

Ammo Pouch Belt - $45.00

Chapeau Bras, can be folded flat.  Made with map board which is shellacked to resist rain damage, all hand sewn, black wool melton, with silk rosette, gold and red tassels for infantry and gold and blue tassels for navy. Comes with gold button and plume pocket and a linen liner inside to adjust height. American chapeau bras has the American eagle centered on leather cockade and gold tassels.

Chapeau Bras - $250.00

Plume - $25.00

British Artillery Tools.  Pictured on the left are the standard issue British Artillery tools.  Pictured on the right are the drawings from Pierre Turner's book "Soldiers' Accoutrements of the British Army 1750-1900".  Pick is from solid brass, hammer is brass with oak handle.  The cannon spike is forged steel and has the angled slit in the end. Hammer - $25.00

Pick - $10.00

Spike - $7.00

British Royal Artillery Powder Horn.  Copied from original. Polished brass with steel spring.  Hand made from sheet brass and brass stock. Horn colour may vary (black, white and some amber colours depending on the horn).  I make three different sizes depending on the purpose of the powder horn.

Revolutionary War Powder Horn for Light Infantry has an end cap of 2 3/8 inches making the length of the powder horn typically 10 to 12 inches.

Royal Artillery used a priming horn which is smaller.  I have two sizes; a two inch diameter end cap which tends to make the horn about 7 to 9 inches long and a 1 1/2 inch diameter end cap which makes the horn 6 to 7 inches long. Original examples from North America show a horn with a 2 inch diameter while original examples from Europe show a 1 1/2 inch diameter horn. The horns vary in colour, curvature, and size. 

Revolutionary Light Infantry Powder Horn - $110.00

Royal Artillery Large Priming Horn  - $95.00

European Small Royal Artillery Priming Horn - $95.00

Royal Artillery Pouches shown on the left.  Belts are 2 1/2 inch wide English buff with brass tips.  Pocket on the front belt hold a brass hammer and two brass picks.  Brass rings on the belt hold a red wool cord which carries the Priming Horn. The pouch cover is English white buff with a cast brass crown mounted.  The pouch itself is "English Tan" leather with a wood block containing 9 holes for cartridges and two holes for cannon spikes. The pouch has two 2 5/8 inch brass double-D buckles. White English Buff Artillery Belt with Brass Tips - $110.00

Brass Pick - $10.00

Brass Hammer - $25.00

Pouch with wood block, white buff cover, brass crown and two brass buckles - $245.00

Artillery Spike with slanted slit in end as per original - $7.00

Royal Artillery Priming Horn - $95.00

Red Wool Cording with Tassels - $25.00

Complete package with with two spikes and two picks - $534.00

 

British French & Indian Matchcase: Brass with hardwood top.  Used in Grenadier Companies on front shoulder belt. Matchcase: $60.00
Artillery Cartouche - Heavy leather container to transport the powder charge from the storage box to the artillery piece. Small ones are 4 1/2 diameter and the large ones are 6 inch diameter. Cartouche 4 1/2 inch - $160.00

For other sizes, please Email for price.

Revolutionary to early War of 1812 British Style Packs - Painted duck cloth outer cover, (English Tan or reddish-brown), heavy linen inner lining, English white buff leather straps, iron buckles and brass front buckle. Size is approximately 18 inch square when folded. Linen ties and black horn buttons to secure clothing and items. Pack as shown - $220.00
Neck Stock - British 1812 Neck Stock - black leather, medium soft contoured for comfort. Includes black leather lace for tie. Neck Stock: $15.00

Other projects

                        

                       Camp Red Oak Scissor Chair                                               Camp Scissor Chair Folded

For those historians and re-enactors who have questions about the authenticity of the chair design:    

Folding Field Chair used by Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Allen about 1780

 Material:  Oak

Height: 72.3 cm   Width: 67.2 cm  Depth: 36.2 cm

Location: New Brunswick Museum, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada

 

   

                       Pine Folding Camp Table Set Up                                                        North West Mounted Police Belt with Holster - 1875             

                                          

Leather Apron suitable for Pioneer or Surgeon - War of 1812                 Stacked Leather Rosette for American Bell Top Shako

     

French Marine Ammo Pouch (F & I War)

   

Cat-of-Nine-Tails - War of 1812                    Artillery Belly Box - 1/2 inch hole for fuses and Compartment for Tools

Flogging Stick - Penitentiary Style about 1920

 

 
(Reenactment Pictures are under construction and will be continued some day)