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  1. #1
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    Painted Cloth Cartridge Box

    I have a friend who is interested in getting a Painted Cloth Cartridge Box. However, he is most interested in authenticity. The unit we belong too is the 44th GA which was an ANV regiment.

    Did painted cloth cartridge boxes have wide spread usage? Would their use be appropriate to a late war ANV unit?

    I seem to recall reading somewhere that painted cloth accuterments were more common in the Western theater but I could be mistaken.

    Does anyone know of a good source for a painted cloth cartridge box? I have checked with S&S, C. J. Daley and the Jersey Skillet Licker but they do not currently have any.

    Thanks,

    Tom Glaze/Thumper

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    Re: Painted Cloth Cartridge Box

    Tom,

    There are only a few folks that I can think of off the top of my head. One would be Don Smith of the now reduced-in-capacity Trans-Mississippi Depot. He doesn't do much in the way of specialty ordered items so unless he happens to make up a few and sends them up to Family Heirloom Weavers for their storefront, your best bet is probably to scan the "want to sell" folder and leap on any that might pop up there.

    Another source is Ethan Rogers. Here is a link to his website:
    http://erogers_tarredgoods.tripod.co...ods/index.html

    Butch Meyers may also do painted cloth accoutrements, although the old price list/catalog that I have for him doesn't indicate that. Here is his contact info should you want it:
    J. R. Myers Company.
    Manufacturer of 19th Century
    Martial Accouterments.

    6507 Horsepen Road
    Richmond, Virginia 23226
    804.288.9380

    Hope this helps.

    Fred Baker

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    Re: Painted Cloth Cartridge Box

    Layton Young made my box and cap box. I can't remember how to directly get in touch with him, but Justin Morris sold his stuff for a while.


    Quote Originally Posted by Gallo de Cielo
    Tom,

    There are only a few folks that I can think of off the top of my head. One would be Don Smith of the now reduced-in-capacity Trans-Mississippi Depot. He doesn't do much in the way of specialty ordered items so unless he happens to make up a few and sends them up to Family Heirloom Weavers for their storefront, your best bet is probably to scan the "want to sell" folder and leap on any that might pop up there.

    Another source is Ethan Rogers. Here is a link to his website:
    http://erogers_tarredgoods.tripod.co...ods/index.html

    Butch Meyers may also do painted cloth accoutrements, although the old price list/catalog that I have for him doesn't indicate that. Here is his contact info should you want it:
    J. R. Myers Company.
    Manufacturer of 19th Century
    Martial Accouterments.

    6507 Horsepen Road
    Richmond, Virginia 23226
    804.288.9380

    Hope this helps.

    Fred Baker
    Just another self proclaimed expert,

    Patrick Landrum
    Independent Rifles

    "Hey Mister, where you going with that shovel?"

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    Re: Painted Cloth Cartridge Box

    Tom,
    The aforementioned vendors are excellent sources (although I'm not sure if Mr. Myers does painted cloth items; wouldn't hurt to ask) for these type of accoutrements. However to my knowledge painted cloth infantry gear had a somewhat limited use in the ANV versus the AOT.
    There is a painted cloth roller buckle waistbelt that has an Eastern provenance as well as the somewhat well known painted linen cartridge box sling with the figure 8 stich in the Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania Military Park collection. With the exception of perhaps a cap pouch I've been told about, these are the only surviving painted cloth accoutrements with provenance to the ANV/Eastern Theatre. There may have been others (including cartridge boxes) but none have survived that are documented to an ANV soldier.
    Painted cloth accoutrements were in somewhat common use in the AOT from about mid-War on and are well documented. I would suggest your friend, if he wants to be more specific to the ANV, go with a generic (ie unmarked) set of CS Leather accoutrements. Besides Mr. Myers, he can check out Bob Serio's site, www.missouribootandshoe.com, as he can make these items also.
    Hope this helps.
    Cheers,
    Larry McIrvin

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    Re: Painted Cloth Cartridge Box

    Actually there are at least two painted cloth cartridge boxes identified with the ANV. One is in the AH Stephens Hist. Site collection and the other I believe is still in a private collection. The one in the AH Stephens collection appears very similar in pattern to those believed to have been issued here in the western theater. The second box is of the much more rare (at least originals are) belt carriage only type painted cloth box. Either type would be obviously be correct for ANV, at least in limited numbers. I have no way of saying exactly how many painted cloth boxes were issued in the east. However, cap boxes, belts, slings etc. are all known to have been used in the east as well you can take from that the serious possibility that sets were issued in the east as well.

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    1842musket Guest

    Re: Painted Cloth Cartridge Box

    Ethan,
    Thanks for sharing that information. I was not aware that these painted cloth cartridge boxes had an ANV provenance. Do you have any further details on them (i.e. approx. dates of use, possible manufacture in an eastern facility, etc.)?
    Thanks,
    Larry McIrvin

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    leathers and tarred goods patterns?

    I was wondering if anyone knows where i would be able to get patterns for leather goods of any kinda along with haversacks.


    ~Knapsacks
    ~haversacks
    ~belts,catridge boxes, cap boxes

    thanks

    ~Jonathan Kroppmann

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    Re: leathers and tarred goods patterns?

    Hi, Jonathan,

    A Confederate Sketchbook has several "measured drawings" for articles you mentioned.

    Moses Alexander white cotton haversack
    Cartridge box sling
    Confederate cartridge box
    Confederate cap pouch
    Leather wallet
    plus some clothing and other things.

    The U.S. Pattern Book contains clothing drawings and step-by-step measurement and sewing instructions.

    The Columbia Rifles Research Compendium second edition is due out this year, and the first edition is still available.

    I would be very interested in the opinions of others who know more about the authenticity of the patterns in the first two books mentioned.

    Good luck!

    P.S. I sent you a check for the Daley Jacket. Thank you.
    Kathy Bradford
    Preservation Parcels

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    Confederate Cap Box

    I don't normally look over in ebay for items, however this one appeared. Pretty interesting Confederate cap box out of St Louis, Mo.

    http://cgi.ebay.ca/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?...category=13960
    Vince Jackson
    Straggler mess

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    Re: Confederate Cap Box

    I should have added this to the orginal tread, I was under the Impression that Sickles made equipment for the union army. The question is, did Sickles in St. Louis make equipment on the side for the Confederacy? Or are we looking at a piece of equipment that was captured and sent to a depot where it was remarked as CS property? This is the only example I have ever seen that was made in the North and has a Southern stamp on it. As usual, I am leary of anything listed on Ebay.
    Vince Jackson
    Straggler mess

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