View Full Version : November 2007- W.W. & Co. Federal Shelter Tents

Matt Woodburn
11-12-2007, 09:35 AM

Here's another great deal for you!

NOVEMBER BULLY BUY: FEDERAL SHELTER TENT HALVES!!!$85.00 Styled similarly on the French tente d'abri, the Federal issue shelter tent half was a new and invaluable piece of equipment for the Federal soldier of 1861. Previous types of tentage, such as bell tents and common tents, were deemed too problematic for campaigning soldiers to use as they demanded constant vehicular carriage in the field. The result was the Quartermaster's adoption of the shelter tent; minimalist in regards to providing comfortable shelter from the elements yet utilitarian and simple enough for a soldier to rely on in the circumstances. In-house production of the shelter tent half was limited except at a few government manufactories, most notably at Cincinnati's so-called "tent loft", but contracts were let starting in late 1861 resulting in millions being produced and issued by 1865. Stylistically the shelter tent was simple yet no two contractors made them precisely the same until an effort was made in 1864 to standardize the pattern, construction, and materials. No matter if he was sloughing through White Oak Swamp, entrenched on the outskirts of Atlanta, or in vigorous pursuit of Lee's shattered army, the common Federal soldier made the best use that he could of that little square of cotton. For the November Bully Buy in conjunction with the Authentic Campaigner, Wambaugh, White, & Co. are proud to offer no less than three different styles of the Federal-issue shelter tent half. Please read on for information regarding each individual style!

No. 1: Cincinnati "Tent Loft" Contract Shelter Half.

This style of tent half, produced in-house at Cincinnati Depot and also under local contract, appears to have been based closely on the original samples of the French tente d'abri. A high number of extant shelter halves exist with similar design, construction, and material characteristics pointing to their possible origin at Cincinnati's tent loft. Cincinnati began in-house production of tent halves sometime in late 1862 to early 1863 and as far as records indicate did not stop production or change their pattern before the end of the war. This style of tent is most suitable for Western impressions ranging from 1862 to 1865 due to their facility of origin and common features.
Each Cincinnati contract shelter tent half will be made from three horizontal panels of cotton drill, machine sewn and hemmed, with machine-sewn drill corner reinforcements. Twenty-three reinforced black-enameled bone buttons with matching hand-sewn buttonholes, hand-sewn slotted upright and round loop grommets, hemp rope guy line and peg loops, a George Moulton (Cincinnati) inspector stamp and "BW" contractor stencil finish each shelter half.

No. 2: H.S. McComb Contract Shelter Half.

Based on one of a matching set of tent halves from H.S. McComb of Wilmington, Delaware, this style reflects an early version of what is known in typography as a "Type IIIa" shelter tent. McComb won multiple production contracts in April, May, and August 1862, and again in February 1864 for a total of 269,000 tent halves. The most likely depots of issue may have included New York and Washington, making this style of tent suitable for an Eastern Federal impression. However, as with many eastern-manufactured items McComb's tents might also have been purchased under the auspices of western depots. Tents of this style will be made from two vertical panels of cotton drill, machine-sewn and hemmed, with machine-sewn drill corner reinforcements. Twenty-three natural bone buttons with matching buttonholes, hand-sewn round grommets, hemp rope guy line and peg loops, and a red "H.S. McComb contractor stamp finish each shelter half.

No. 3: Theo. Polhemus Contract Shelter Half.

Based on an original in a private collection, this particular tent also fits the typology of a "Type IIIa" but exhibits materials common towards the end of the war as duck and sailcloth came into wider availability. The now-famous "blueline sailcloth" was widely used by contractors but as the availability waned, purchasing agents were not hesitant to obtain common duck cloth without the blue selvedge edge line. By 1864, Quartermasters had mandated the exclusive use of sailcloth or duck as shelter half material, based on it's water shedding capabilities and strength, making this style of shelter tent suitable for late war impressions both east and west. T. Polhemus contract tent halves will be made from two vertical panels of cotton duck, machine-sewn and hemmed, with machine-sewn linen canvas or linen toweling corner reinforcements. Twenty-three tinned buttons with matching hand-sewn buttonholes, hand-sewn round grommets, hemp rope guy line and peg loops, and a black Theodore Polhemus contractor stamp finish each tent.

No matter what style (or styles!) of shelter tent you decide upon, each one is priced at a sale price of $85 (postage paid). Remember that the sale price will last for the month of November only before they go back up to $100! Please contact Dan Wambaugh to order! Via eMail: Dan@wwandcompany.com or Via Phone: (517) 303-3609 9am to 6pm EST, Mon. through Fri.

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Dan Wambaugh
11-27-2007, 10:55 PM

Just a heads up that this sale will be ending on Friday the 30th. The response so far has been excellent (especially considering that we got started two weeks late!) So get those orders in ASAP before this chance for an affordable and unique shelter half passes you by!

Best Regards,