News as of June 13:
Debra, my wonderful wife for the past 28 years, died on March 3rd. She had been in the hospital for the past week due to pneumonia and the flu. Her heart and lungs were already damaged from radiation therapy from when she had Hodgkins cancer 40 years ago, and early in our marriage had another bout of Hodgins treated with chemo, and in the past ten years had numerous surgeries to try repair that damage and treat more problems that arose, like breast cancer. She fought hard and wanted to live but her body was becoming weaker in the past three years. Fighting the pneumonia and flu was too much for her weakened heart to bear. I visited her briefly on Wednesday and she looked much better and sitting in bed, and a doctor came in and said she was on the mend. I gave her a kiss and said 'I love you' and headed home. Two days later I got the call to come to the hospital right away. She had died just before I got that phone call. So I never got to have a heart-to-heart talk with Debra to let her know how much I loved her, taking care and providing for her, apologize for all the times I said something that hurt her, and that I would miss her for the rest of my life. My heart is broken and I am mourning and grieving my loss. I miss her so very much as she gave my life meaning and purpose, someone to talk to; to get advice, encouragement, help and support from, someone to care and provide for and love, someone to share joy and happiness with, someone to be comforted by. Our lives were intertwinned as we had so many shared interests (we met at a Rev War event) and did nearly everything together. For nearly ten years I have been working out of my basement workshop so I could be there for Debra when she needed me. So for those ten years she has nearly always only been a few steps away. Three months after her death my grief seems to come in waves, some days I mourn a bit, work through it and get things done; other days the grief hits me hard and I cry and pray with not much else getting done. Our house is filled with her belongings and hobby stuff (cross stitch, Indian flutes, beadwork, adult coloring books and pencils, equistrian equipment and horse models, wildlife books, Rev War projects, horse and wolf decorations/plates everywhere). Without her home it is a bit lonely with just me and our 4 year old yellow lab Daisy.
Robert Land is expected to send me more mens buckle common shoes in late June. The price is $140 for shoes and $160 for Hi-Lo's. I will email the people who asked to set aside a pair for them. So if you want to reserve a pair email me with your size. Mens sizes available are from 7 to 13 in D (normal width) or EE (wide width), in full and half sizes.
Copper 1.25 inch diameter buttons with a soldered wire loop shank are now available. Such buttons were commonly used on civilian/militia frock coats and have been found in military camps. $1.75 each or a bag of 30 for $45. I'll post more info on the brass button page, but for now here is a photo with info.
Just arrived are repro British officers sword knots which are nearly identical to an original formerly owned by Craig Nannos and now in the US Army collection for a museum that may someday be built. I don't yet pictures on this website as I have to figure out how to do that, but this PDF has photos. Anyway, the swords knots are $35.
Debra created this website and made all the major changes to it over the years. Computerwise I don't know what she knew, but I can do the basic updates. Some things we used to sell, like cockades, horsehair neckstocks, and epaulettes, may never be available again from me. Debra sewn these by hand and I my sewing is not as good as hers and right now I don't want to even try. - Roy
Good day and welcome to our reproductions home page.
On the following pages
are many items of use to Revolutionary War period reenactors. For those who
don't know us, we have been active in Rev War reenacting/living history for
quite sometime. Roy since 1976 and myself, Debra, since 1982. We are currently
members of the 40th Regiment of Foot, Brigade of the American Revolution (Roy
was former Inspector), British Brigade and Company of Military Historians. When
Roy started in this hobby he was one of the founding members of the 2nd Rhode
Island Reg't. Like most other units, much of what they used they bought from
sutlers. As the unit began to grow and conduct research they realized that a
lot of sutler merchandise wasn't as authentic as it could be, and we could do
better on our own and for a lot less money. Roy took up leatherworking and hat
making, Eric Swanson made wood canteens, Steve Boscarino created a machine to
spin cast pewter buttons, and Carl Becker made the clothing. It didn't take
long for friends in other regiments to begin asking Roy if he would make something
for them, and that's how his reproduction business got started. Some of you
may remember when Roy simply had a blanket spread out with merchandise. When
Steve Boscarino retired and moved to Maine in the 1980's, Roy inherited the
button casting machine, which was a hazardous contraption built from washing
machine parts, and now long since replaced by a professional centrifugical casting
machine. About the same time, he and a few other 2nd Rhode Island members left
and began the 40th Regiment of Foot. Soon after 40th Foot commander Don Dailey
and Roy took classes on 18th C. shoe making and general leatherwork. Roy met
Debra at the Marietta, Ohio B.A.R. Grand Encampment event in 1988 and married
a year later. When Ed Arrufat (Butler's Rangers) died his widow Margaret offered
the brass buckle molds to Roy, which he acquired and has since doubled the number
of brass items that were available from Ed.
Over the years Roy and I have examined many original accouterments and other period items in private collections and public museums. This knowledge was combined with experience in traditional leatherwork, hat blocking, sewing, and finding correct materials so we could make accurate reproductions.
Some of the items we offer are pictured in Collector's Illustrated Encyclopedia of the American Revolution by George C. Neumann and Frank Kravic, Soldiers in America by Don Troiani, and other well-known reference books. Where applicable we have noted the book, page and figure number in the item description.
To further document some items herein I have liberally quoted from Bennett Cuthbertson's A System for the Compleat Interior Management and Economy of Battalion of Infantry, 1768 edition. Mr. Cuthbertson was a Captain in the 5th Foot and his recommendations appear to have been followed by many of the British regiments as exemplified by the frequent appearance of his suggestions written verbatim in several other books and regimental orders. It is not known if Cuthbertson was describing the current practice in the 5th Foot or what he wished they did but nonetheless his book was widely read and to some extant his recommendations were followed.