Jim Keller's
Historical Reenactment

Military Accoutrements

·         British Shakos:

1802-1814 Stovepipe Shako

1814-1815 Belgique Shako

1816-1844 BellTop Shako

1844-1855 Albert Shako

1855-1861 Style Shako

1861-1869 Quilted Shako

·         American Leather Tombstone Shako

·         American Marine Shako

·         Belting (Imported White English Buff)

·         Artillery Belting, Pouches and tools

·         Ammo Pouches

·         Other Projects

·         Rev War Light Infantry Caps

·         Wool Tufts, ball tufts, and Plumes

·         Cording

·         Leather Rosettes

·         Chapeau Bras

·         Matchcases

·         Artillery Cartouches

·         Belly Boxes with belting and bayonet hangers

·         British Packs

·         British Style Priming and Powder Horns

·         Neck Stocks

·         Camp Folding Chair

·         Field-Tourniquet

 

Experience: I have made over 500 shakos in the last five 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 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 Feb/2017 subject to change without notice. Since all of my materials are bought in US dollars, prices are in US dollars.

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 Tuft - $30.00 (specify colour)

Universal Brass Plate - $45.00

Leather Rosette - $5.00

Unit Button - $2.00

Grenadier Button - $3.00

Light Infantry Pewter Badge - $15.00

Light Infantry Brass Badge - $25.00

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Stovepipe Shako – Light Infantry

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 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.  Most light infantry had braided green wool cording as shown.  There are two types of badges - pewter or brass.  I can also brass plate the pewter badge.  The brass badge is imported from England.

Basic Stovepipe Shako - $130.00

Wool Tuft - $30.00

Light Infantry Green Cording - $30.00

Leather Rosette - $5.00

Unit Button - $2.00

Pewter.jpgPewter Badge - $15.00

Brass.jpgBrass Badge - $25.00

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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 Tuft - $30.00 (specify colour)

Universal Brass Plate - $40.00

Wool Cording - $40.00

Leather Rosette - $5.00

Unit Button - $2.00

Grenadier Button - $5.00

 

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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 - $32.00

Officer Universal Brass Plate - $45.00

Gold/Red Cording with Tassels - $50.00

Leather Rosette - $5.00 

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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 - $30.00

Royal Artillery Brass Plate - $60.00

Yellow Cording with Tassels - $40.00

Leather Rosette - $5.00

Artillery Button - $2.50

 

 

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Rev War Light Infantry

Felt cap with silk scarf wrapped around lower edge and a horse hair bow on the side.  There is a front felt shield.  Other decorations can include such things as feathers, bear fur, and horse hair.

Cap - $100.00

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Rev War Light Infantry 34th Regiment

This uses reddish brown horse hair mounted on a central “fin” with a front felt shield and has a silk scarf sewn on the perimeter. Horse hair bow on the side.

The badge is not included.

Cap - $150.00

Chapeau-Bras

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 - $32.00

Shako-cords

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

Rosettes

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

plumes

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 - $32.00

wool-tuft

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 - $30.00

Tuft-Selection

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. (Diameter, colour, ball, tapered, stem length, single or double wire, brass base, etc.

Typically about $30.00 each.

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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.

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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, plate, and eagle button only supplied if you buy complete package)

 

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Bell Top Shako – 1816-1844

These varied in size depending on the time period.  Typically 11 inch diameter top covered with leather overlapped on the side by one inch.  Height varied but about 6 ¾ inches to 7 ¼ inches depending on the year.  A 7/8 inch band typically sewn both edges is on the lower edge with a buckle at the back. There is a inner leather band with a linen adjustment for height. Everything on the outer shell is hand sewn.  A small brass tube is sewn in the front to mount a ball tuft or other plumes and tufts used throughout this period.

Basic Bell Top: $360.00

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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 - $50.00

(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.

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1855 Style Shako

Shako shown is a copy of a 1855 Rifleman shako from Fort Wellington.  It has a sunken leather top with a horse hair plume with oak leaves base.  The rosette is a silk cord half sphere with a mounted queen’s crown.  There is a small chin strap and leather liner with a linen adjustment for height.

Please contact for pricing.

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1861 British Quilted Shako

This shako is one of the most difficult and time consuming to make.  The shell is covered with a quilted wool with sewing lines made 5/16th of an inch apart. The brim is patented leather with a front edge cover sewn on.  There is a ½ inch wide chin strap and a 5/8 inch band along the lower edge The band is sewn along its edges.  There are two options on the venting, (see pictures below).  The original design had a gorgon face mounted on the back with the eyes and mouth used as vents.  After finding out that small bees liked to think the gargon mouth was an entrance, the gargon was later replaced with side vents which were screened.  The badges are pewter with the gorgon badge plated brass.

Basic Shako without badges - $350.00

 

Front Canadian Militia Badge - $30.00

 

Back Gorgon badge - $25.00

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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 - $60.00 

2 1/4 inch belt width.

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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 - $60.00

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.

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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 - $40.00

GR2 or 3 Embossed Gold - $5.00

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

Bayonet Hanger for belt: $40.00

 

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                  9 shot Belly Box showing Sam Browne catch

9 shot Belly Box - $30.00

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

GR2 or 3 Embossed Gold - $5.00

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

Shoulder Sword Belt - $80.00

"GR" Shoulder Plate - $28.00

Bayonet-Shoulder-Belt-War-of-1812-Buff

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 - $70.00

Oval Belt Plate - Plain - $28.00

Oval "GR" Belt Plate - $28.00

French-1755-Double-Frog-Waist-Belt

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 - $110.00

Please specify waist size.

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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 - $110.00

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

 

Musket-Sling-white-buff

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

Artillery-Tools-Comparison

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

Powder-Horns-3-Sizes

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

Two-Royal-Artillery-Pouches

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.

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 - $7.00

Royal Artillery Priming Horn - $95.00

Red Wool Cording with Tassels - $25.00

Complete package - $534.00

 

British French & Indian Matchcase: Brass with hardwood top.  Used in Grenadier Companies on front shoulder belt.

Matchcase: $60.00

Cartouche-2

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.

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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

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Original Camp Chair

   

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 Camp Folding Scissor Chair – Red oak with forged pins.

 

 

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

 

Camp Scissor Chair - $120.00

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French-Field-Tourniquet-circa-1812

Made from brass, bloodwood and cotton webbing.

French Field Tourniquet-$65.00

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British Wood Canteens

Made from clear pine, shellacked and painted.  “BO” branded on side.  For people who are not familiar with shellac, it is a natural bug secretion much like bees wax and is used in the food industry to coat pills, candy and fruit.

 Wood Canteen with strap - $80.00

Other projects

Camp Folding Table

North West Mounted Police Belt with Holster - 1875

Stacked Leather Rosette for American Bell Top Shako

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Leather Apron suitable for Pioneer or Surgeon

French Marine Shoulder Ammo Pouch - closed

French Marine Shoulder Ammo Pouch - open

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Cat-of-Nine-Tails

American Dragoon Leather Helmet

Rev War French Belting

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Leather Artillery Bucket

Square Bill Shako

Belting and Ammo Pouches 1885

Artillery Bucket Square Bill Shako

Foul Weather Belgic Cover

Double Frog White Buff Shoulder Belt

Square Brim Belgic 95th Light Infantry

   

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