Crates, Chests and Boxes... oh my!!
- I'm finally, after many years in the hobby, outfitting myself for
doing full weekend-long Encampment type things!! NOT just "Day
Tripping" like I've done for oh these many decades. I've ordered my
tent and it's being made as we speak... So, a good friend of mine is
really handy with the wood working tools and has access to a fully
stocked co-oped cabinet makers shop.
We're thinking of making some crates, boxes, etc... for me to:
A). Store my various different gear in while not in use.
2). Transport the aforementioned accoutrement's to camp
III. Have something nice, period looking to use to sit on and
otherwise flesh out my persona of a middling to well-to-do Tavern
Keeper / Militia Captain from eastern Mass circa 1775.
There in lies the rub... if I'm going to go through all the trouble to
make something custom made, I want it to look as authentic as
possible. So, do I make a couple shipping type crates and/or boxes and
then paint them with "TEA" or "RUM" on the side? A couple different
boxes, all different types, styles, etc...
I know that G.Godwin and others have "chests" for sale... but how
Period are they?
Also, do any of you fine Living Historians know of any Online
resources where I can see pictures of actual period storage devices?!?
What would the real thing looked like compared to more recent boxes
and crates? How are they constructed? Dovetailed nicely finished
corners or just nailed together pieces of rough boards?
Rick Lawson, Captain
Stow Minutemen Co.
- Nails from Fort Stanwix.
I just wanted to follow up with a worthwhile resource for this topic.
âCasemates and Cannonballsâ has a section about nails recovered during
the archaeological investigations at Fort Stanwix.
âRose-head (fig 31a) Rose-head nails appear in all sizes but not all
specimens of this type have rounded heads; many were flat with only
short slopes near the edges.â p. 51.
[In other words - the term ârose-headâ is used in a sense similar to
Band-Aid, Coke or Kleenex, rather than precisely.]
Fig. 31 indeed shows a range of spikes and nails. Only a few examples
of the approximately 24,600 nails found are illustrated, of course.
A few examples are nails in the range of 1-5 / 8â to 2-1 / 8â These
tend to have tapered square shanks ending in a sharp point, and
flattened or just slightly domed heads.
There are some larger nails in the range of 4-1 / 4â to 4-1 / 2â, one
of which has something resembling a ârose-head'.
Several large spikes are illustrated also, 6 to 8â in length, as well
as a range of nails and staples for specialized applications.
See pages p. 51-55 for text, illustrations and considerable
It seems that the size range of 1-5 / 8â to 2-1 / 8â would be suitable
for light carpentry work, such as chests.
âCasemates and Cannonballsâ by the way is a very good and in my
opinion, very useful resource. Lots of findngs on personal items,
utensils, tools, ceramics and glass found at the fort.
Hanson, Lee, and Hsu, Dick Ping; âCasemates and Cannonballs,
Archaeological Investigations at Fort Stanwix National Park.â Inited
States Department of the Interior, National Park Service, USGPO,
Washington DC 1975.