A good hickory mallet has 101 uses around the camp. There should be one or two in every company. There will be times when the public is in camp and you need to use a hammer. Which one would be better, one of these hand made hickory mallets, made right here in our wood shop or that claw hammer with the fiberglass handle that you bought at the flea market? You can count on years of good service from this mallet, they are as tough as, well - hickory. Each weights about 2 lbs. and is 14 inches long. The length of the head is about 6 inches and it is approx. 2 1/2 inches square.
Our cedar spatulas are made right here in our wood shop. Not the type of spatula that you would use to flip eggs. Generally speaking, the word "spatula" is used for any wide flat utensil. If you have spent any time at all in the kitchen you know just how often you need this tool. Sometimes there is no other tool that will work for the job at hand. Anything that is sticky, gooey or heaven forbid over cooked will stick to the walls and bottom of the pan with a vengeance. A spoon just will not reach every little nook and cranny. You know that any spot that is left unstirred it will burn and there goes all that work.
Our cedar spatulas measure 12 inches long and 2 inches wide at the blade. (More or less) Remember these are hand made.
CEDAR SPATULA 12 INCH
This is an excellent set of six inch steel scissors. Very high quality. I have not found anything (within reason) that they will not cut and still remain sharp and ready for more.
STEEL SCISSORS 6 INCH
SABER BELT HARDWARE KIT
This is a complete saber belt hardware kit including the brads (not shown in photo). This includes the Sam Brown strap hardware. Can be used to make any size belt.
SABER BELT HARDWARE KIT
UNION MINNIE BALL
This reproduction Union Minnie ball is a faithful representation of the original. Each comes packaged with the "Minnie Ball's", history as seen in the photo above The most often used bullet of the war they are found in every theater of operation.
UNION MINNIE BALL
HOUSE KEYS "SKELETON" STYLE
Antique "skeleton" style house keys. These are perfect for the personal effects of a Lady or a Gent. A lot of things are better kept under lock and key. No need to temped the servants or the children now is there.
KEY A $6.95
KEY B $6.95
KEY C $6.95
KEY D $6.95
KEY E $6.95
CAMP FIRE SET
This is the heavy duty version of a camp fire set. Made from 1/2 iron rather than the typical 3/8 inch. This set will hold a 2 gallon pot full to the top without any worries. The uprights measure 57 inches tall and the cross bar is 37 inches across. The extra hieght of the uprights allow you to use this set confidently even in soft or wet soil as you can sink them as deep as need be and still have plenty of hieght so that the cross bar is not too close to the fire. There is no ill effect if the ground is hard and you only have to sink the uprights a few inches. Just use a chain and S hooks to lower your pots to the desired hieght.
CAMP FIRE SET #2528 $69.95
TWO S HOOKS AND 18 INCHES OF CHAIN #2528-A $14.95
BEAN POT, REPRODUCTION $29.95
CS CLIP CORNER
Finally! A correct CS clip corner buckle. There are two distinct charectoristics that seperate the CS clip corner from every other CS buckle. Black Laquer paint and heavy file marks. This buckle has both. Typical 3 hook design.
NEW CS CLIP CORNER BUCKLE
ITEM # 2526 $24.95
NEW LARGER CORK TOP
Some of you have ask for a larger spice bottle. The smaller ones are great for the single soldier but not quite large enough for the mess cook.
I think this one will do the trick. It holds 2 1/2 Teaspoons of your favorite spices. The brass tender box that is in the background of our photo stores 3 of these bottles nicely.
NEW LARGER SPICE BOTTLE
ITEM # 2527 $1.95
BRASS TENDER BOX
ITEM # 2113 $8.95
MULTI PURPOSE MUSLIN BANDANA
What a terrible name for something that is so useful!
This little piece of shirt weight muslin with it's edges finished measures about 20 X 20 inches square. Now what could you possibly do with such an item?
Well let's see? How about a handkerchief, a bandage, a hand towel, a pudding bag, a napkin, an improvised havlock, tie the corners and you have a bag for gathering what ever is in season. A scarf for your head or neck. Are you starting to get the picture?
LARGE MULTI PURPOSE MUSLIN BANDANA
ITEM # 2525 $5.95
LARGE DRAW STRING BAG
Several of you have ask us to make a larger size draw sting bag for your kit. I think that is a very good idea, I wish you had ask sooner.
So here is the first, it measures 8 x 10 inches which I think is a very good size. I know that our "CS mess kit" will drop right in. I'm sure there are as many uses for this bag as you can imagine.
LARGE DRAW STRING BAG
ITEM # 2524 $6.95
This heavy woolen scarf if made of Woolrich 85/15, blanket weight wool. It is gray in color and very, very warm. It measures 6 inches wide and 60 inches long. Just the thing to keep Jack Frost away while standing picket on a cold night. During cold weather campaigns put this scarf over your head when you go to bed. It's the difference between a good nights sleep vs. sitting by the fire all night.
Available in plain or with blanket stitched edges.
WOOLEN SCARF PLAIN
ITEM # 2523 $9.95
WOOLEN SCARF W BLANKET STITCH
ITEM # 2523-A $29.95
This is a vintage reproduction coffee grinder. One of the better that I have seen. It works very well and should last for years. I have found no defects of any kind and I have inspected it very closely. There is only the one so first come first serve.
It measures 6 by 6 inches square. Constructed of cast iron and I believe the wood is maple.
ITEM # 2522 $59.95
The perfect size bottles. About "beer bottle" size. All are in perfect condition and ready to use. An excellent addition to your camp gear or table.
The bottle to the left is A1, although not that old (1950's) this bottle is a French style wine bottle in an unusually small size. I think it works very well.
The middle is A2 and the far right is A3. Both the later are typical CW style.
ITEM # 00 $4.95
ITEM # 00 $9.95
ITEM # 00 $9.95
Blockade Runner brand BBQ Sauce is based on a 300+ year old Virginia recipe. It's a tomato based sauce with a complex flavor that pulled pork lovers find hard to resist, yet it is mild enough to be pleasing to the most sensitive palate.
It's not just for pulled pork. It's great on everything from steak or chops to meatloaf. It's so good it should come with a straw!
ITEM # 2520 $4.95
BASTING MOP "RAG MOP"
A rag mop for basting is an essential item for both home and camp. It is not only the most period correct item for the job it is simply the best item for the job. Nothing else works as well. It covers the meat with a smooth even coating with just one pass. No need to stand over the hot fire using something that was never made for the job (A paint brush). Applying multible thin coats of sauce while you melt!
Made from a turned cedar handle with a head made from strips of muslin rags, securely affixed to the handle by hemp string.
No two are exactly alike but all will measure approx. 16 inches long. When properly cared for this item will last for years.
RAG MOP FOR BASTING
ITEM # 2522 $22.95
Here's another great product from our wood shop. A cedar kitchen masher. One of these would be found in every 19th century home. Used to tenderize meats, for making bread crumbs or mashing potatoes. It certainly would not be out of place in a refugee camp.
Hand made one by one, no two Mashers will be exactly the same but our mashers generally measure 11 inches tall with a head 2 1/2 inches across.
Why cedar? Cedar is the traditional wood used for most home and kitchen wares in Tennessee and the surrounding area during the 19th century. There are only 2 true cedar forrest in all the world, one is just north of Murfreesboro Tn.
ITEM # 2521 $19.95
SHIPS BICUITS / HARD TACK
Owlcotes Baking Co. Ships Biscuits. The most palatable, longest lasting ship's biscuit available at any price. A rival to any London bakery! Enjoyed by sailors the world over. Our biscuits have been known to make the voyage from Portsmouth to
Bombay and back without any sign of spoilage.
Capt. Ethridge, Master of the steamer "KATE" writes us, "I will not leave port until I'm sure that a goodly supply Owlcotes Ships Biscuits have been stored away for the voyage".
Available at the finer ship chandlers in most ports.
Packed in quantities of 4 biscuits per container. A full days ration!
SHIPS BISCUITS, PACK OF 4.
ITEM # 2518 $3.95
Our hardtack biscuits are made of the exact same recipe and process as our ships biscuits above but cut into squares for the army. Four biscuits per package. No campaign will be successful if it's soldiers are hungry. A crate of our hardtack could be the difference between success or failure on the battlefield.
HARDTACK BISCUITS, PACK OF 4.
ITEM # 2518-A $3.95
CORK BOTTLE SPICES
A poet once said, "Variety is the spice of life", but I beg to differ. Spices are the spice of life. If you have eaten many of the "meal provided" fare at reenactments you know exactly what I mean. So with that stomach churning thought in mind we have developed an easy to carry little spice chest that you can drop right into your haversack. You will never even know it's there until you need it. Ahhh but when you do need it, it will be the most appreciated item in your kit.
We offer this item in a variety of ways. You can buy the cork & bottle all by it's self and put what ever you like in them. You can buy them one by one filled with your favorite spices and if you like you can buy one of our musket cap tins which will hold eight of these bottles safe and secure. That's not confusing at all is it? I'm sure you'll figure it out.
By the way, these little bottles hold one teaspoon full, Just the right amount for a weekend campaign. All of our bottles of spices are sealed with a beeswax coating over the cork.
CORK & BOTTLE ONLY (EMPTY)
ITEM # 2519 $.95
SALT, CORK & BOTTLE
ITEM # 2519-A $1.95
PEPPER, CORK & BOTTLE
ITEM # 2519-B $1.95
GARLIC POWDER, CORK & BOTTLE
ITEM # 2519-C $1.95
ONION POWDER, CORK & BOTTLE
ITEM # 2519-D $1.95
HOT SAUCE, CORK & BOTTLE
ITEM # 2519-E $1.95
8 OF THE BOTTLES ABOVE WILL FIT INTO THESE TINS
This one's been bugging me for a long time. Even before RWS started putting thier musket caps in those plastic containers. I've had an original tin of Hick's musket caps sitting next to one of my original Muskets for years. I sat it there so I would have to look at it everyday. (I often have to motivate myself this way). After the Eley pistol cap tin turned out so well I no longer had any excuse not to make this one. So here it is for your approval.
HICK'S US MUSKET CAPS
Hick's sold out to the American Cap & Flask company in 1856 and I think this is a transitional tin (as US fl. & cap is mentioned on the lid) dating it to around 1858 / 59. I am doing some speculating here as the information I've been able to find is sketchy at best. But what really pushed me over the edge was when The Sam Davis Home Museum in Smryna Tn. put a musket cap tin identified to a Confederate soldier just like this one on display. It had been used by the soldier for a (sewing kit) housewife. Just goes to show you that those boys did not throw away anything that could be re-used.
The photo shows the tin very close to actual size. It stands almost 2 inches tall and is 2 inches across. The joints and side seam are soldered just as the original.
HICK'S US MUSKET CAP TIN
# 2334-A $11.95 BUY NOW!
CERAMIC MORTAR & PESTAL
This ceramic mortar & pestal will be a great addition to any apothecary or surgeon's kit. It will be just as "at home" in the kitchen or by the campfire of any serious cook.
It's small, only 2 1/4 inches wide and 1 1/4 inch tall. Takes up no room at all and weighs practically nothing but it's big enough for a lot of jobs. Jobs that would be difficult to do without it. How are you going to mix ingredients for pill or poultice Dr.? How about you Mrs. Refugee, how will you add allspice or peppercorns to that dish if can't grind it?
It has 101 uses, it's light and it's inexpensive. What more could you ask?
MORTAR & PESTAL
ITEM # 2516 $6.95
SPICED APPLE CIDER VIDEO
HOW WE MAKE OUR SPICED APPLE CIDER.
ORGANIC SPICED CIDER
We've always been proud of our spiced cider and have shared it with friends for years. After much encouragment from our friends and neighbors we now offer it to you.
The Smith family has been growing "Arkansas Black" apples here in Bedford Co. since 1813, that's a lot of Great Grandfathers ago. The Arkansas Black is of the Winesap variety. It matures late and is very disease resistant making it ideal for organic growers.
Our small orchard produces around 200 quarts of juice a year and we do not intend to expand. Therefore this will be a limited or an in season product. When we are out - we are out until next year.
Our apples are hand picked and sorted, washed 3 times and then juiced on a Buckeye Cider Mill that is over 120 years old, yes, hand crank. Another reason we do not intend to expand.
Our juice is not filtered but allowed to "settle" in a holding tank and then drawn off reducing any need for filtering. Then the spices are added and it's on to be processed and canned in our inspected commercial kitchen. After that it's ready for you to enjoy. Don't be surprised if you see a little apple pulp or a bit of allspice in your jar. It's perferctly safe to drink.
The best tasting Spiced Apple Cider you've ever tried. Great cold, better hot or add your own "special seasoning" for a great apple pie drink.
SPICED APPLE CIDER 1 QUART
ITEM # 2515 $6.95
SEASONING CAST IRON VIDEO
HOW TO "SEASON" CAST IRON.
WE OFTEN HAVE ANTIQUE SKILLETS, DUTCH OVENS & SPIDERS FOR SALE. CALL FOR AVAILABILITY.
PRE-SEASONED CAST IRON SKILLETS
Pre-seasoned cast iron cookware and 3 sizes to choose from. Pre-seasoned means a thin layer of carbon has already been "laid down" on your cookware by coating it with a thin layer of cooking oil and burning it off several times. The same thing your Grandmother did to her skillets to help keep food from sticking and burning.
Now for the three sizes. Which size do you prefer? The small 6 inch skillet for one perhaps. If you enjoy cooking and spend a lot of time around the cookfire the 8 inch might be more to your liking. If you're cooking for more than one you would probably prefer the 10 inch.
Regardless of which skillet you prefer you can count on years of good service from any of these three.
6 INCH CAST IRON SKILLET
8 INCH CAST IRON SKILLET
10 INCH CAST IRON SKILLET
CEDAR ROLLING PIN
Our cedar rolling pins are made right here in our woodshop. The cedar is harvested right on the property as well. Most of the cedar we use has been aged for at least 30 years as we use the "scraps" from the last time the property was logged some 30+ years ago. The logs are cut to length and hand split with a shingle froe and wooden mallet. Then spun on the lathe and trimed to size. No two are exactly alike but all will be close to 16 inches long and 1 1/2 inches wide.
This type of rolling pin is now considered a European style by many but it was quite American in the 18th & 19th century. A common item in any kitchen or refugee camp of the era.
My wife's G.G. Grandmother's cedar rolling pin hangs in our kitchen and was the insperation for our reproduction.
CEDAR ROLLING PIN
ITEM # 2513 $22.95
THE ORIGINAL MOTH REPELLENT
Cedar wood chips and shavings, the original and best moth repellent. Unlike chemical moth repellent cedar smells great. Even if you have never had trouble with moth holes in your uniform, sooner or later it will happen. One bag of our cedar shavings in a cloth bag and hung in your closet will prevent those troublesome pest. It makes your clothes smell great too. Unlike chemical repellent cedar never has to be replaced.
2 cups of cedar chips and shavings alone, shipped in a zip lock is only $2.95 - or shipped in one of our 6x9 inch muslin ration bags ready to hang in your closet for $6.95 - That's just about the cost of one box of moth balls.
Great for the blanket chest too.
MOTH REPELLENT 2 CUPS
ITEM # 2514 $2.95
MOTH REPELLENT 2 CUPS & RATION BAG
ITEM # 2514A $6.95
CLOTH COVERED BUTTONS
We are now offering cloth covered buttons in two sizes. Small, which measures 1/2 of an inch and Large which measures 3/4s of an inch. Now naturally there is no way we can list all of the different fabrics available to cover these buttons so you will have to call but that's a small price to pay.
You can even send your own material in and we will cover the buttons to match an existing garment for you. Dresses, coats, vest - you name it. What a simple yet effective way to "dress up" a garment.
CLOTH COVERED BUTTONS SMALL
ITEM # 2511 $1.25
CLOTH COVERED BUTTONS LARGE
ITEM # 2512 $1.50
PISTOL POWER MEASURE & CAPPER
These two little items will make your day at the range with your pistol much more enjoyable. An adjustable powder measure that ranges from 0 to 50 grains and a percussion cap "capper" that will make that job easy as can be.
PISTOL POWDER MEASURE & CAPPER
ITEM # 000 $14.95
FORREST'S MURFREESBORO RAID DVD
Ed Bearss, National Park Service Historian Emeritus tells the story of Forrest's Murfreesboro Raid. Speaking at the Rutherford Co. Courthouse in Murfreesboro. The same that Forrest's men charged with axes in hand to batter down the door after the Union Troops had barricaded themselves inside. A lively tale to say the least.
FORREST'S MURFREESBORO RAID DVD
ITEM # 2507 $11.95
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