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17th century things are difficult to buy so there is a need to make them
yourself. I am offering some of the items I have learnt to make
over many years of re-enacting. For now, I have wooden turned items such as powder boxes, touch boxes, oil bottles and complete bandoliers with bullet bags and shoulder rest for an english civil war
musketeer, but I hope to provide more things as the online
Before visiting my ebay sales items, please look at the pictures I took recently when visiting the Royal Armouries in Leeds which has the Tower of London collection. I was able to measure the bandoliers exactly.
All my authentic reproductions are made as shown in the following videos.
Much care has been taken in the reproduction of these 17th century
bandoliers. The wood is locally sourced and often turned within a week
or so of being felled. After the tree surgeon has left me with four foot
long logs of beech or sycamore, I can split the 8" diamameter down to
four quarters with wedges. Each section is then side axed down to a
rough shape and then draw knifed roughly round before turning to a 2"
cylinder. From that point on you can see on my You Tube site, the
process of turning each piece on the treadle lathe in the manner
described in Joseph Moxon's treatise on wood turning. Dipping the green
wood in thinned linseed oil three times, seems to retain the original
shape and avoids any distortion whilst water-proofing at the same time.
check out my You Tube Channel for the full turning process and to watch
my visits to the Tower of London Collection at Leeds Armouries where I
took all the measurements for the original sets therein contained.
For a full list of available items please visit my shop Bandoliers For the 17th Century Musketeer and Other Wood Turned Items or at major civil war re-enactment events. I
do not mass produce items in cheap labour countries from foreign woods I
will not be doing that in the future either, so the price will always
reflect the traditional manner in which they are made. The hollowing
process can take up to twenty minutes per 'box' depending on the density
of the wood used and a completed bandolier, without any errors or wood
imperfections, can take half a week to make, so the true reproduction of
these items is very labour intensive. It is worth pointing out the
powder in the C17th century was more like damp demarera sugar than
modern caster sugar and the larger capacity of the hollowed bottle would
have been essential at the time. With modern powder, the 'blank' charge
should be measured carefully. It would be dangerous (very very loud) to
assume the capacity of these period pieces measures the correct amount
for a re-enactment musket.
Using the measurements taken from the Tower of London Bandoliers, I have recreated a full bandolier. The oil bottle is available separately and so is the touch box. The match cord is for the picture only. The bandolier you can see costs £98 and £90 without the oil bottle. The touch box, bought separately is £10.
Battlefield finds of metal tops have become common enough for re-enactors to want some for themselves. Turners received orders only for wooden boxes with wooden lids so it is likely that individuals had them made locally or even cast their own when wooden ones broke. A few, I have examined are clearly lead but others are stronger than lead and most likely to be pewter so that is what mine are made from. They are 'lost wax' cast which is an ancient technique but pewter is no longer a cheap metal so this bandolier is £115.
I make many bespoke items and enjoy the variety so feel free to challenge me. I have several reproductions in mind and you can see a couple of the other pieces I offer.
These spice towers were made in the C18th and the one you can see has no finish applied at all. Often, such items became coated simply by hand use any chemicals or smells may well detract from the quality of the spices. Screw threads in wood are subject to wear however and the towers went out of fashion, perhaps for that reason.
This spice box is a copy of a museum piece sent to me for reproduction. The date is C16th or C17th and is coated with Danish oil on the outside only. I visited the Birmingham museum where this piece is currently archived. I make other spice boxes and plates from the collection too. The two spice boxes shown on this page are £120 for the tower and £27 for the one in this picture.
All pieces are made from British beech. Mostly English but some is from Wales and Scotland. They are not sanded in the modern way so there are subtle turning marks on them.
All the prices above are set for 2013 only so please ask after that date. To buy directly from me instead of from the ebay site I offer a discount because I do not have to pay the ebay fees on my own site. If in doubt please ask. firstname.lastname@example.org