Re: Kitting out (was Fort York)
- I have been part of a re-enactment unit for just six months, and have
found it relatively easy to get kitted out. Here are
some hints - no commercial endorsement is intended, but I am completely
satisfied with what I bought from these
Shako - Belgic of Stovepipe - from Norm Drouillard, Amherstburg (41st
Light Company). There are other sources.
Trousers - white, from James Townsend
Musket - India pattern, from Discriminating General (Twist and Henderson
show - via Gord Laco of the Royal Newfs.)
This was a great bargain, bayonet and flints included. DG also has
a great line of Bakers at the moment!
Footwear - excellent product from Robert Land, Guelph, Ontario.
Shirt - James Townsend
Canteen, haversack, spats (with regimental buttons), cartidge box - all
from 'regimental stores' (Jim Yaworsky's
Regimental red coatee - hand made by Jim Yaworsky, to period
Miscellanea - tent, pick and whisk, sergeant's tool, flashguard (oops,
sorry), forage cap, musket sling from various
sources I found just by asking around, and keeping my ears and eyes
open. Townsend, DG, and Godwin are great
sources, and so are one's fellow-reenactors.
Period specs - frames from Townsend, lenses from my optician.
Mattress tick, groundsheet - I made myself out of canvas bought at the
local fabric store. Tent poles - easy to make.
Bayonet belt and frog, cartridge box cross-belt - 'loaners' from our
unit, until I have my own.
The prices on all of these items were what I would expect from such a
hobby, and i think reasonable. As far as I am aware, all of these items
'authentic', i.e. made to the original specifications, or as close as is
humanly possible. I am sure that there are folk who
are getting out of the hobby for various reasons, and who have items for
sale. Just ask.
I also found the 'old-timers' in my unit (thanks Jim, Larry and
Andrew!) of invaluable help. It is also very satisfying to
chat with commercial providers on line. They are in the business first
because they love the hobby of re-enacting. They
are an enormous source of information about items one might need. They
are not afraid of recommending other sources if
what they have is not what you need.
It would be dicey for the War of 1812 group to advertise and endorse
sutlers' produce, and all I am doing above is letting
folk know where I got my stuff, and how pleased I am with it. This is a
purely personal opinion, but I think we could keep an on-line catalogue
sites, and/or addresses, and be ready to assist anyone with information
on kit sources. From my experience it is not
difficult to get kitted out, and to look like a soldier of the War of
1812. Whether I behave like one is up to our illustrious
corporal - but at least he did comment favourably on my ability to march
Roger Fuller (in response to Kevin W) wrote:
>In defense of the ACWHRS (the civil war guys comming) many have beendo
>joining 1812 units and are just not kitted up yet for this event. I
>know how hard it is to get kitted up after this year!!!!Try getting your guns custom made..... Bakers, anyone? It is indeed
kitted up- that's why it has taken us so %@*^^##@ long. Hey- we could
attended 1812 events last year, but it would have been in AWI
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