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C & D Jarnagin Company

Confederate Cap Pouches


Please note the hand stitching done in linen thread and the careful finishing job done on these goods. This fine hand craftsmanship is done by American workers here in our workshops. 


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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.


Due to problems with black dye (iron) being transfered to the russet leather we now run it seperatly. The russet is dyed with a period method just like the black and it will stain when comes in contact with iron just like the original leather did.


These are broken down into three different styles the first is the confederate patterned after the shield-front (aka Full Face), second US 1850 style and the third is the imported British Enfield style.  All Of Our Cap Pouches Are Completely Hand Sewn. Each Cap Pouch Is Provided With A Nipple Pick.

Shield Front Style (aka Full Face)

#HS250      Unmarked Shield Front Style Cap Pouch        $95.00

(Black or Russet) (Completely Hand Sewn)

This cap pouch has the shield front with a single backstrap. It has no maker or inspector marks.



#HS250A      Magee & George Shield Front Style Cap Pouch           $95.00

(Black or Russet) (Completely Hand Sewn)

This cap pouch has the shield front with two back straps. It has the "MANUFACTURED BY MAGEE & GEORGE NEW ORLEANS" maker mark on the outside flap just above the row of stitching for the closure tab.





#HS250C      Richmond Arsenal Shield Front Style Cap Pouch              $95.00

(Black or Russet) (Completely Hand Sewn)

This cap pouch has the shield front with a single back strap. It has the "RICHMOND" marker mark on the outside front flap just above the row or stitching for the closure tab.



#HS250B      Baton Rouge Shield Front Style Cap Pouch             $95.00

 

(Black or Russet) (Completely Hand Sewn)

This cap pouch has the shield front with two back straps. It has the "CS ARSENAL BATON ROUGE LA" maker mark on the outside front flap just above the row of stitching for the closure tab.


#HS250D  Selma Arsenal shield front cap pouch     $110.00

(Black or Russet) (Completely Hand Sewn)  Wood finial

These pouches were produced at Selma Arsenal.  Selma produced cap pouches had a few difference as can be seen from the pictures.   The one in the pictures is shown as the original it was copied from and it is a two color cap pouch.  This is not that unusual in Confederate made pieces to find both black and russet pieces made into the same items.  This shows there was no concern as to the color of the item but that they were produced in order to equip the troops in the field.   

Some of these were marked with a second mark but there appears no exact reason why that I know of, but you can request the Tuscaloosa Dept stamp along with the Selma Arsenal.  If you know the answer to this please contact me and let me know.

 


C S Cap Pouch with Waxed Flap

#HSWX250  CS cap pouch with waxed outer flap  $95.00

This cap pouch is thought to have been made in the western part of Virginia.  I have seen three original cap pouches of this type.  These are the only original CS cap pouches that I have seen with a waxed outer flap.   The original pouch at the Atlanta History Center looks to have been something else and later made into a cap pouch.  There is several sets of stitching lines that have nothing to do with the manufacture of the cap pouch.  The second original I saw and photographed and the one I own do not have these stitch holes.  All three of the cap pouches were made of hemlock tanned leather and lead finials. 

The Pocket and inner flap are not waxed finished, but finished on the grain side of the leather.  But due to the problems of Hemlock leather in holding black the original appears to have a russet pocket and inner flap.  The original cap pouch was issued in black.

Click here to see pictures of the original cap pouch.  Picture 1     Picture 2

 


C S Cap Pouch with Waxed Flap

#HSWX250SP  CS cap pouch with waxed outer flap and russet pocket  $95.00

After finding more of these cap pouches some have been found made from English imported leather and the pocket on these pouches are in the "London" russet color.  The bodies were sill made from waxed leather, which at times was called ball bag leather.  There has been a large number of mixed leather CS items made, meaning black and russet leather mixed in the same piece.  These mixed items are found in cap pouches, cartridge boxes, and saddles.  Due to problems with leather sources they just used what they had to finish out the accouterments for the troops in the field.  

 


CS Manufactured Copy of the 1845 Cap Pouch.

#CS1845  CS Copy of the 1845 cap pouch     $95.00

I purchased the original to this cap pouch several years ago at a Civil War show in Richmond.  This a unmarked CS copy of the US pattern of 1845 cap pouch.  This is the typical CS cap pouch with a sling loop back strap.  The cap pouch comes with a brass finial.  I have no idea where this cap pouch was manufactured.  This a very early produced cap pouch since the original was made from hemlock tanned leather.


1850 Style Cap Pouches

#OW251  Oliver Wellborn 1850 Cap Pouch with Unformed Pocket       $95.00

This cap pouch has an unformed pocket and a single back strap.  It has maker marks, "Oliver Wellborn, Dalton, GA".  (Black Only) (Completely Hand Sewn)

These cap pouch are thought to have been made early in the war before the forms were made for the pocket.  Before the out break of the Civil War all cap pouches were made at either Allegheny Arsenal or Watervliet Arsenal and ten added to the contractor sets.  "I refer you to your letter addressed to Major Thornton, May 5, 1861. Before that date cap pouches and picks were supplied from Watervliet Arsenal. Orders more immediately given to the contractors to make them with the least possible delay; but it was a new thing, presses had to be made." 1.   From this quote you can see that both federal and confederate had to make the forms in order to press out the pockets for the cap pouches.


    

1. Paul Johnson, Civil War Cartridge Boxes of the Union Infantryman, (Lincoln, R.I., Andrew Mowbray Publisher, 1998), Pg. 110.


#OS251 Wellborn, Nichols, & Oliver 1850 Cap Pouch    $110.00

(Black or russet)

This reproduction is copied from the original example found in the Atlanta History Center.  $5.00 of each sale is donated to the History Center for preservation of the military collection.

This pouch is made in the English Color; a common color found on russet leather imported from England during the Civil War.  Shipping records including those at the ordnance Bureau's main port of entry at Wilmington show huge numbers of "cases", "bundles", "bales", "boxes", and "rolls" of leather came through the Blockade throughout the war.  Still more more arrived through Charleston, Mobile, Savannah, Galveston, Apalachicola and Matamoros Mexico.  (For more information on this russet color and several others pick up hte July/August issue of the North/South Trader for this article from Ken Knopp and David Jarnagin)

http://www.atlantahistorycenter.com/



#HS251      Unmarked 1850 Style Cap Pouch (Black or Russet)              $95.00

(Completely Hand Sewn)
This cap pouch has the 1850 style front with a single back strap. It has no maker or inspector marks.



#HS251A      Richmond Arsenal 1850 Style Cap Pouch (Black or Russet)                 $95.00

(Completely Hand Sewn)
This cap pouch has the 1850 style front with a single back strap. It has the "RICHMOND" marker mark on the inside flap.


#HS252     CS LA 1850 Cap Pouch (Black Only)              $95.00

(Completely Hand Sewn)
This cap pouch is the 1850 style with no maker marks and a pewter finial.  It bears the initials of the original owner.  The inner flap is marked W H over L A.   Could this have belonged to a soldier in a Louisiana regiment, I do not know for sure.    This cap pouch looks to be a copy of an early arsenal produced Federal Cap Pouch.  It has double back straps but no rivets.

To see pictures of the original cap pouch please follow this link.


 

#BRIT45WB   British pattern of 1856 or 1857(?) cap pouch in whitened buff leather  $99.00

This is the cap pouch that was carried on the cartridge box sling.  The white buff ones were issued to the line troops.  There is not nipple pick supplied with this pouch.  This pouch is complete hand sewn.  Both the black and buff ones show up in pictures of Confederate troops.

#BRIT45HR  British pattern of 1856 or 1857(?) cap pouch in black bridle leather  $115.00

This is the cap pouch that was carried on the cartridge box sling.  The black bridle ones were issued to the rifle regiments.  There is not nipple pick supplied with this pouch.  This pouch is complete hand sewn.  Both the black and buff ones show up in pictures of Confederate troops.


Crown soap-  4oz of soap in a tin container $8.95

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. 

#113      Neatsfoot Oil 8 fl. oz. 100% pure              $6.95

#PW124        Preservation Wax                            $14.95

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              $16.95

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. 

Leather Preservation  Please follow this link for more information on the care and feed of leather.


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