BEE'S WAX CAKES
Here's an item that has 1001 uses. A small cake of bee's wax weighting 1.5 oz. approx. How many old period recipes for this or for that call for bee's wax? A bunch, that's how many. Every wood polish, leather polish, blacking for boots and any type of water proofing calls for bee's wax. If your sewing any heavy material by hand a little bee's wax on the needle makes the job so much easier. These are just the right size to reline that old rusty canteen of yours too or have you grown to like the taste of red water?
BEE'S WAX CAKES $3.95 # 2371 BUY NOW!
INDIAN WAR'S CANTEEN
Well I've got to hand it to the canteen maker. This is just about as good a repro as I've seen. If you have an impression that falls into the 1870-1880 era this is a must have. Cowboy, Indian, US Cav. SASS or Cowboy mounted shooters. Everything about this canteen is "spot on". Leather sling, US stencil on brown canvas, the size, the cork. I just wish I could take some of the credit for it! You will not be disappointed in this one boys. It's stainless too.
US INDIAN WARS CANTEEN
#2362 $49.95 BUY NOW!
KIDNEY SHAPED CANTEEN
Our stainless steel Kidney Shaped Canteen is of a similar style to that used in the Revolutionary War but shows many of the attributes used in some known confederate models.
It has a cotton cord sling, a wooden plug for a cork. It also has a hemp string attached to help you keep up with your cork. Very sturdy and well made. You'll have a tuff time crushing this one. But don't worry, I'm sure you'll figure out a way to do it.
KIDNEY SHAPED CANTEEN
ITEM # 2310 $39.95 BUY NOW!
LEATHER CANTEEN SLING
This leather canteen sling is by far the best I have ever seen on the market. I really like the black iron buckle. The sling is made from 2 pieces of top grain leather that are scarft, overlapped and stitched together. The stitching is great and it's long enough for even the tallest guy. Short guys like me may have to cut a little off the end to make your canteen ride correctly. We show this sling being used on a 1858 smooth side canteen. There are a couple of period photos showing filter canteens with leather slings. But this is by no means the only correct use for this sling. We do not sell filter canteens. The spout for the rubber hose just breaks off too easily as was the problem on the original.
LEATHER CANTEEN SLING #322 $19.95
C.S. MARKED CANTEEN
This Stainless Steel C.S. marked Confederate canteen is very well made and a faithful copy of the original. It measures 6 1/2 inches by 1 3/4 inches and comes with a cotton webbing sling as well as a cork with pull loop. Believed to have been made in New Orleans and issued to local troops. Most field recoveries are found at or near the Battle of Shiloh Tenn. and the Corinth Miss. area. Two of the originals are identified. One was carried by a soldier in the 8th Louisiana inf. regt. and another is carried by a private in the 14 Ark. Inf. Reg. A highly sought after canteen during the war not only by the Confederate Troops as a mark of southern pride but also very desirable to the Union troops as a souvenir or trophy of war.
Item # 2134 $49.95
THE BEST 1858 TIN CANTEEN ANYWHERE
The best 1858 smooth side canteen ever. This repro is great! You can lay it down next to an original (as seen in the photo's) and the measurements are perfect. But here is the best part. It has a lead free pewter spout and tin collar, no one else is producing a tin canteen with the correct spout or who's measurements match as exactly as ours! They are bee's wax lined but we will send you one without bee's wax if you prefer. You may notice there is some difference in the design of the spout on the original and of the one on the repro. If you look at many of the originals with this style spout you will find they are often chipped leaving a jagged edge. Because of this we used another original style spout on our canteen that will not chip even if you drop it right on the spout. The canteen itself is made of superior grade tin. It comes with a cork and there has been no, I repeat, no hole drilled in the canteen sling retainer loop for a chain to go in. As seen in the photo bottom left, we have used a hemp string from the cork loop to the sling loop as per many of the originals. We have covered them in Pat Kline's jean cloth or you can get them uncovered. The one in the photo is covered with Pat's natural gray jean wool. We use the small pieces that are left over from our pants and jackets to cover them so all colors are not in stock all the time. All come with the correct style of 100% cotton strap. Folded and sewn on each side with brown cotton thread as per the original in our collection. This is the best canteen on the market. Super material and craftsmanship not to mention the authenticity.
YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.
1858 TIN CANTEEN W PEWTER SPOUT W. NO COVER
ITEM # 969-A $34.95
1858 TIN CANTEEN W PEWTER SPOUT W GREY JEAN WOOL COVER
ITEM # 969 $39.95
1858 TIN CANTEEN W PEWTER SPOUT W BROWN JEAN WOOL COVER
ITEM # 969 $39.95
1858 TIN CANTEEN W PEWTER SPOUT W TAUPE ON BROWN JEAN WOOL COVER
ITEM # 969 $39.95
1858 TIN CANTEEN W PEWTER SPOUT W GREY WOOL COVER
ITEM # 993-G $39.95
1858 TIN CANTEEN W PEWTER SPOUT W SKY BLUE WOOL COVER
ITEM # 993-SB $39.95
1858 TIN CANTEEN W PEWTER SPOUT W FEDERAL BLUE WOOL COVER
ITEM # 993-FB $39.95
REPLACEMENT CORK WITH PULL AND CHAIN
ITEM # 320 $4.95
REPLACEMENT CORK AND PULL WITH HEMP STRING
ITEM # 969-B $4.95
COTTON LINEN SLING
A lot of you have ask for a good replacement sling for your canteens. We now offer one that is as close to the original as we could possibly make it. The photo on the left is a close up of our canteen sling material. The photo on the right is of an original in our collection. It is made of from 100% cotton, folded and sewn on both sides with brown cotton thread, just as the original we copied it from. They are 72 inches long but of course you can cut yours to any length you want before you sew it onto your canteen.
FOR 1858 CANTEENS
ITEM # 968 $4.95 BUY NOW!
1 1/4 INCH WIDE FOR TIN DRUM OR WOODEN CANTEENS
ITEM # 968-A $4.95 BUY NOW!
THE BEST STAINLESS STEEL CANTEEN ANYWHERE
The best 1858 stainless canteen ever. This repro is great! You can lay it down next to an original (I have & you should). The measurements are perfect. But here is the best part. It has a lead free pewter spout, no one else is producing a stainless canteen with the correct spout! The shoulder strap is 100% cotton that has been folded and sewn. The canteen itself is made from stainless steel. It comes with a cork and chain but there has been no, I repeat, no hole drilled in the canteen for the chain to go in. You can drill one or fasten the chain through the bar that holds the shoulder strap on. If you want to throw the chain away and use a string as so many of the hard core are doing and your good to go. We have them covered in grey wool, fed. blue wool and uncovered. All with the correct strap. This is one of the best canteens on the market. Super material and craftsmanship not to mention the authenticity. You will not be disappointed.
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE SMOOTHSIDE AND THE BULLSEYE?
ACCORDING TO SILVIA & O'DONNELL'S CANTEEN BOOK THE BULLSEYE VARIATION CAME ABOUT IN 1861 AS AN EFFORT TO PREVENT DENTING OF THE CANTEEN. THE RINGS OF THE BULLSEYE PATTERN WERE THOUGHT TO MAKE THE CANTEEN STRONGER.
1. CHOOSE SMOOTHSIDE OR BULLSEYE PATTERN BELOW
SMOOTHSIDE PATTERN. CHOOSE NOW!
BULLSEYE PATTERN. CHOOSE NOW!
2. NOW CHOOSE THE COLOR OF COVER YOU WANT FROM THE LIST BELOW.
STAINLESS STEEL CANTEEN, PEWTER SPOUT & NAVY BLUE WOOL COVER
ITEM # 890 $49.95
STAINLESS STEEL CANTEEN, PEWTER SPOUT & GRAY WOOL COVER
ITEM # 8901 $49.95
STAINLESS STEEL CANTEEN, PEWTER SPOUT & SKY BLUE WOOL COVER
ITEM # 8902 $49.95
STAINLESS STEEL CANTEEN, PEWTER SPOUT & NO WOOL COVER
ITEM # 8903 $49.95
STAINLESS STEEL CANTEEN, PEWTER SPOUT & TAUPE ON BROWN JEAN WOOL COVER
ITEM # 8903 $49.95
STAINLESS STEEL CANTEEN, PEWTER SPOUT & BROWN JEAN WOOL COVER
ITEM # 8903 $49.95
STAINLESS STEEL CANTEEN, PEWTER SPOUT & GREY JEAN WOOL COVER
ITEM # 8903 $49.95
CS MARKED TIN CANTEEN
This CS marked tin canteen is made of heavy gauge tin with lead free solder. It holds about a quart of water. It comes with a cork and a cotton webbing sling. Don't get caught in the field without a full canteen!
This is the most popular wooden canteen in reenacting to date, copper top, dark wood body. Wide cloth strap and cork. This canteen is lined with food grade plastic. I have never seen one leak even after years of hard service in the field.
#317 $54.95 BUY NOW!
CAVALRY CANTEEN SLING
We have been ask to make this sling for very a long time now. We finally got around to it. It's a leather canteen sling made for cavalry. It snaps onto whatever d ring or square that your saddle has open. There is a great photo of an original in the book "Civil War Canteens" by S. W. Sylvia & M. J. O'Donnell on page 30. ( I pull that book like a gun don't I. ) The original appears to be a field conversion using and old saber belt parts. There are several known variations to the sling shown on page 30. Although the original is not I.D.ed to a cavalryman there is no other practical application. Our sling hangs about 12 long. This is the distance from the snap to the top of the canteen. It is easily shortened to any length you desire. This may very well be the most practical field conversion I have ever seen. Leave it to the guys in the field!
The canteen on the left shows how you can attach our leather sling directly to the canteen sling retainer loops. You must have a good strong canteen (like ours) to do this. Regardless of who made the canteen that you are going to attach this sling to you should check it regularly to make sure the sling loop retainers are in good shape and that the hardship of cavalry life has not pulled them loose. If you hook this rig up to a canteen and it tears a loop off it ainít my fault.
CAVALRY CANTEEN SLING AS SHOWN IN PHOTO LEFT
The photo on the right shows the exact method used on the original canteen. The old sling has been shortened and a brass d ring sewn onto each end. Then the leather fastens to the d rings. If you do this you can use any old canteen. Although the original is a wooden drum canteen like the ones shown in the photos here, there is no reason you can't use this sling on an 1858 smoothside, bullseye, tin drum or any other model. It will work just fine as the bottom sling will support all the weight.
Are you going to put your new canteen strap on a canteen that has a wide strap or a narrow strap? The length will be the same so you don't have to worry about that but you do need to click the appropriate button below so you get a strap that will work with your canteen.
WIDE, 1 Ĺ INCHES
NARROW, 1 INCH
CAVALRY CANTEEN SLING AS SHOWN IN PHOTO RIGHT
For the complete sling and canteen as shown in photo right which includes everything shown (except my barn). The canteen, the leather, the brass hardware, the bottom strap with d rings. Everything all put together and ready to go to the field.
CAVALRY CANTEEN AND SLING COMPLETE AS SHOWN IN PHOTO RIGHT #322-C $73.95
THE PHOTO BOTTOM LEFT SHOWS WHAT THE SHORTENED SLING WITH THE BRASS D RINGS SEWN ON LOOKS LIKE.
Now if you want to use your old sling for the bottom strap and sew the D rings on yourself to save a few of bucks then all you need is the sling as shown in photo top left and two brass d rings.
BRASS D RINGS, PAIR #322-D $3.90
CONFEDERATE TIN DRUM CANTEEN
This was very possibly the most common Confederate made canteen. There are certainly more surviving examples of this canteen than any other C.S. manufactured canteen. they hold about a quart. They are bee's wax lined and it
comes with cloth strap and cork.
CONFEDERATE TIN DRUM CANTEEN
#318 $23.50 BUY NOW!
CANTEEN REPLACEMENT CORK AND CHAIN
FITS ORIGINALS AS WELL AS ALL STANDARD REPRO UNION SMOOTH SIDE OR BULL'S-EYE CANTEENS. ALSO FITS STANDARD CONFEDERATE TIN DRUM TYPE.
CORK AND CHAIN #320 $4.95
REPLACEMENT STRAP FOR CANTEEN
COTTON WEBBING #321 $4.95
WOOL OR JEAN CLOTH SCRAP
A WOOL OR JEAN CLOTH SCRAP THAT IS LARGE ENOUGH TO COVER A CANTEEN.
YOU CUT AND SEW. PLEASE SELECT THE TYPE OF MATERIAL AND COLOR YOU WOULD LIKE, "WOOL" AND OR "JEAN" FROM THE CHOICES BELOW.
BROWN JEAN WOOL # 323-J $9.95
GREY JEAN WOOL # 323-J $9.95
TAUPE ON BROWN JEAN WOOL # 323-J $9.95
TAUPE JEAN WOOL # 323-J $9.95
SKY BLUE WOOL #323-W $9.95
GREY WOOL #323-W $9.95
NAVY BLUE WOOL #323-W $9.95
Why are canteens covered with wool? If you said "so it will match my jacket"
please exit this sight and never return. The wool serves 3 purposes. It adds a very small amount of padding and could prevent a leak when dropped (although its unlikely). It keeps the soldier from sounding like a tinker (tin pot repair man) coming through the brush. But most importantly when you wet the wool it cools the canteen by means of evaporation. Try it when your in the field. You'll be amazed at the difference.
TIN OR STAINLESS STEEL
Which one is right for you? First let me say that you can add a lot of life to a tin canteen by simply coating the inside of it with paraffin or bees wax.
The simplest way is to take a candle (which ever type you prefer) and drop it in a clean metal can that you have washed and dried completely. Bend the can slightly like you were going to mash the top together, just enough to make a crease, this will let you pour the wax easier. Set it over a fire and be careful not to let it get to hot, both paraffin and bee's wax will catch fire and burn if you let them get too hot!!. When the candle melts completely remove the wick from the can with anything clean. A fork works well.
Make sure your canteen is dry, I mean bone dry before you do the next step.
Uncork your canteen and hold it with the bottom on a hard surface like a table. Then with an oven mitt or a pair of pliers take the can of melted wax and pour the whole thing into your canteen. Drop the pliers and put the cork in the canteen firmly. Now shake it up. Its a good idea to keep your hand on the Cork. Just a few shakes will do it. You want to make sure that you coat all of the inside of the canteen. Now remove the cork and dump the excess wax back into the tin can. You have just doubled the life of your canteen.
This should only be done by an adult or under adult supervision. If your the type of guy or gal that smashes your thumb a lot don't try it regardless of how old you are.
Now if you are the type person who takes really good care of there equipment you can use a tin canteen. The most important thing is to really dry it out after every event. If you let water stand in it for any length of time your gonna have red water.
Stainless is the most forgiving canteen you will ever own. you can treat it like its your mother in laws step sister and it still won't let you down. If you are like a lot of us who always get home from an event at 3 in the morning, and you have to go to work or to school the next day. Then buy the stainless steel. Sure it cost a little more but for guys like us it's gonna out last 6 tin canteens. There is one important thing to remember. If you get to an event and there's water in your canteen from the last event don't just pour it out and put fresh water in it !! Montezuma will have his revenge and you didn't even go to Mexico!
Pour some really hot water in it and let it sit. (Do not put hot water in a canteen that has been bee's waxed!) or better yet put about 6 drops of clorox to a full canteen of water. but be sure to rinse it out several times if you do. The after taste of Clorox is not nearly as bad as what will happen to you from drinking contaminated water.
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CIVILIAN COATS & FROCKS
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