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Re: Pipe Clay

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  • * R Henderson *
    Dear List, Just a couple of words on pipe clay and its appearance. The modern shoe whitener is in essence modern pipe clay (in appearance) and its result on
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 3, 1999
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      Dear List,

      Just a couple of words on pipe clay and its appearance. The modern shoe whitener is in essence modern pipe clay (in appearance) and its result on buff leather matches
      that of the originals. It was put on "lightly and evenly with a sponge" onto the soldier's belts and needed to be re-applied because its chalky nature rubbed off. If
      you want to know what was in pipe clay here is a period list of ingredients (71st Regt, 1809):

      6 pounds of pipe clay (surprise, surprise)
      5 gallons of cold water
      6 oz of gum dragon
      4 quarts of boiling water
      1/2 ounze of stone blue (gives a clear gloss to the belts)

      Hope this is of interest.

      Sincerely,

      Robert Henderson
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