Preservation Please follow this link for more information on the care and
feed of leather.
All "smoothout" leather (bridle) items (black and russet) are finished with period stains or dyes applied using period techniques. This has all come out of my extensive research on the 19th century tanning industry. The leather also has built in mold and mildew resistance in these period finishes. To see pictures of the dyeing process in action please follow the link below.
To see more pictures how they dyed leather during the 19th century.
We use 1860's period techniques to dye leather. An entire side is dyed at once and allowed three days to fully set up. The drying process makes the finish water resistant as called for by the Ordnance Dept.
Following period methods has made it difficult to stock leather items so there may be a delay in getting your leather goods.
This way of finishing can cause the dyed surface to turn white in cold weather. This is a common problem in period leather as well. This white can be cleared with an application of white vinegar.
This is all done in order to give you, the consumer the closest copy of the original items as possible.
Knapsacks Are High Demand Items And Are Very Difficult To Manufacture. Allow 45 - 60 Days When Ordering.
#MX306 Mexican war Knapsack $343.95
This knapsack is based on the article published by Fred Gaede in the Company of Military Historian's Journal. This knapsack has extensive hand work in the construction of the bag. This is knapsack come with the hand sewn leather back straps. This was was a copied by the confederates (N. B. Johnston, 1st Virginia Artillery, ANV).
The knapsack is described as a "foldover type knapsack; made of oil cloth covered canvas," a style commonly attributed to Confederate use.
Back of knapsack
The inner bag
Detail of the hand work
Hand sewn button holes
This knapsack is a pre-war militia style which may be found in many period photographs. We picked up an original hardpack knapsack a couple of years ago at a Civil War show and we now copy ours from this knapsack.
This a Knapsack made on a ridged wooden frame. The wooden frame is covered by a painted cloth. A large leather flap covers the front of the knapsack, this flap has a cloth back and a leather edge. Three straps are attached at the top for the carriage of a blanket or overcoat. Size of knapsack 15" Wide X 13 1/2" Length X 4" Deep.
#WB307 Hardpack Knapsack $368.00
The knapsack above furnished with White Buff leather straps.
Colonel Todd, in his work American Military Equipage, published by the Company of Military Historians, states that this knapsack is one of the most common confederate issues. We came by a near mint original knapsack of this type and have used it to copy our reproduction.
This knapsack is a large single bag. There is an inside divider made of cotton bed ticking (blue and white) which stops just short of reaching the bottom of the bag. Two shoulder straps make an "X" on the back and go over shoulder and attach back to the pack. This knapsack is provided with overcoat straps (blanket straps) to enable one to can carry a blanket rolled up on top.
Size of this knapsack 16 1/4 " wide X 16 3/4" Length X 3 3/8"deep.
We copied this knapsack from an original which belonged to Charles L. Cogar, a private in the 2nd Iowa, company F. He brought his knapsack home upon his discharge from Camp Montgomery, MS (southeast of Corinth). He was discharged on July 21, 1862 due to an injury he suffered in battle.
The construction of the cloth part of the bag has the seams sewn with a welt (corded strip sewn into the seams). White cloth ties are used on the inside pocket for closer. The knapsack straps and buckles are attached with two horizontal rows of stitching (stitched across the strap). Rivets are used as reinforcement in the attachment of the back. The back straps are rounded on the ends and the brass buttons are left exposed.
Size of this knapsack 14 1/2" wide X 30 1/2" length. Overcoat straps (Blanket Straps) are included.
The wooden frame can be used in this knapsack (Order separately)
Front of Knapsack
Back of Knapsack Note the rivet re-enforcements on the corners and back strap.
Inside of knapsack
Detail on hand stitching re-enforcement
From a second example of an early 1853 double bag in our collection, we make this wooden insert. This makes one bag rigid and provides a shelf or compartment with in the insert.
Note the white buff leather ties.
#P005 Set of knapsack "J" hook.......... $5.00
#P006 Replacement buckle and triangle
These black leather straps have black roller buckles and are hand stitched with linen thread. Each knapsack comes with one pair. We have three sets of original Overcoat straps. These are copied after the original straps that came with the knapsack carried by Charles L. Cogar, a private in the 2nd Iowa, company F.
The straps are 3/4" wide X 25 1/2" long with 8 holes.
The Isaac and Campbell knapsack is copied from the original in our collection and the one at Shiloh National Battlefield. The knapsack at Shiloh contained a wooden frame, this makes the knapsack carry better
so we include the wooden frame. The bag is made of black treated cotton. The corners are leather. There is a
wooden reenforcement at the top of the back closure flap. There are two loops to carry your mess tins. We have
the correct hardware including the brass j-hooks and loops that fasten onto the straps. There is no provision for blanket carriage.
Here is a back view.
The bag is 15" wide X 14 1/2" Length X 3 1/2" deep.
For Pictures of the Isaac and Campbell knapsack
#ENF0310 English pattern mess tin $209.50
Crown soap- 4oz of soap in a tin container $6.95
We are now offering this period soap for cleaning leather. This is based off a period recipe for soap liked by harness makers. This is not like modern saddle soaps but instead is mostly made from cod oil. This type of soap will clean the leather but not be harsh enough to damage the leather. Leather items should be cleaned with soap several times a year in order to prevent the build up of dirt and other things that will damage the grain surface.
#PW124 Preservation Wax $12.95
This is specially designed product to give you maximum life out of your leather items. This is the clear wax, for use on russet items. This wax contains a natural mold and mildew inhibiter, along with protection from insect damage.
#BPW125 Black Preservation Wax $15.95
This is specially designed product to give you maximum life out of your leather items. Lamp black has been added to help maintain the black color of your leather items. This wax contains a natural mold and mildew inhibiter, along with protection from insect damage.
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