Since there has been so much talk lately about sharing files, patterns and
the like, I have a couple of requests for information and/or suggestions.
I grow weary of burden of leadership <g>, so I'm demoting myself in order
to just bang my musket (safely from now on) and grumble about the tyranical
sergeants and useless officers. <vbg> Right now all questions are related
to His Majesty's forces. Replies can be on or off list as you choose.
Where/who are reliable sources for leather for belts and boxes? Is there a
proper supplier of finished belts and boxes, or do the majority make their
own. I suppose one in the States would be better for me from a convenience
standpoint but I'm very open.
What is the correct width for British belts? I've read 2 1/8", 2 1/4", and
even 2 3/4" for the Guards. Any difference between lights and line other
than color on occasion?
Could someone post to the shared list a pattern for the British cartridge
box, or at least the dimensions? I have decent leather working skills, so
could likely do a fair job on my own.
Would anyone care to recommend a specific fabric number for a rankers red
coat? i.e. Woolrich wool # xxxx. While you're at it, the green of the
Shakos, finished or in kit form? I've only found the Dis. General and
would like to know if there are other quality options.
I believe I have a proper pattern for the coat from Peter T. years back,
and the trousers, though I would welcome suggestions for the shade of grey.
I look to join the Michigan Fencibles (fairly local unit) and perhaps one
day the Glengarrys, though obviously my location would keep me from doing
many events. I must confess though that after my visit to Fort York, and
Fort Erie before I came home, makes me want to look for jobs farther east!
Thanks in advance,
Michael Mathews -- Winona State University
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