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Daniel Moore trade card, ca. 1765 reflecting an English shot pouch on a belt. A invoice for his Virginia customer man Norton is ~ above the reverse; through prices for a practiced cocking gun and powder horn sent out from London. John Norton & young Papers, man D. Rockefeller Jr.
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Portrait of man Seabrook (1768–1844) through The Payne Limner, 1780, Richmond, Virginia. Oil on canvas; HOA (canvas): 38-1/8”, WOA (canvas): 32-1/2”. Arsenal of Patricia S. And William T. Wilson, III; top top loan to the Museum of beforehand Southern decorative Arts (MESDA), Acc. 5975.3
Given the dearth of surviving bags,a lot of folks seem come base your repros on 19th century bags instead of duration images and also descriptions of this things, however we will tackle this from an additional angle. After squinting in ~ a couple of period images and the Lyman bag (on watch in Clash of Empires and pictured in the wonderful exhibit catalog) a couple of trends it seems to be ~ to spring out. Many of these bags seem come be fairly small, approximately 7-8 inches or so, and generally are of shapes that deserve to be conveniently drafted through a compass and straight edge. Straps space generally fairly narrow, and also they space usually portrayed being worn relatively high ~ above the hip. Running through a shot bag that functions a long strap will show why much shorter ones to be favored by some. Our repro will be based on a pouch presented in the frontispiece to the 1767 version of the sporting poem "Pteryplegia" (thanks to James R because that pointing this one out- yes, really cool image!):
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http://www.archive.org/stream/pteryplegiaorart00mark#page/n3/mode/2upSince us don"t have actually the yes, really pouch, i am filling in the blanks v details from the Lyman bag pictured in this fantastic exhibition catalog:http://www.amazon.com/gp/search?index=books&linkCode=qs&keywords=0936340134and comparable pouches along with duration descriptions. To start, discover yourself a duration image of a pouch the you choose or is documented to the area friend portray. For this exercise, i scaled up the connected image and made a file pattern roughly 7 inch wide. Ns then gathered some 3/4 oz veg tan cowhide and a good iron repro buckle such as these (don"t use a 20th century feather tandy buckle!!!):http://www.najecki.com/repro/IronBuckles.htmlThat type is REALLY typical at 18th century sites, and is a dead ringer because that the buckle on one extant shoot belt (c1770-1820) in a personal collection. From duration descriptions and images, part pouches featured buckles straps and others skip this feature. For my an individual shot pouches, i skip them, however included one right here for best "bells and also whistles".The leather human body is reduced along the pattern (if you want to dye the animal leather vs the oiled finish presented here, do that before cutting!):
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straps are reduced (a small under 1"):
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flap is wet and also burnished under in place:
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The assembled parts (this bag attributes an inner divider - something I like for these):
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the straps space stitched down to the earlier panel (slightly canted out):
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then all 3 panels are marked and the stitching holes are punched:
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After that, the three panels space stitched with each other (outer edges challenge to face):
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the assembled bag:
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