£95 / 112 / $150
These bandoleers are designed and constructed for long-term active use, year-after-year, on the field in re-enactment events in a variety of weather conditions. Hence, some modern-day materials are used that will hold up to such use. But what is seen and handled appears "period."
All leatherwork is hand cut and hand stitched. Leather is cowhide and natural (pale tan) in color. Bandoleer belt is 1¼ inch/32 mm wide, 54 inches/1500 mm in circumference (but can be made a different circumference upon request).
A dozen bottles are hung from every bandoleer. Each bottle is hardwood and turned individually on a lathe. No two are exactly alike as were the originals. Each is bored to hold three drams/80 grains of black powder (unless otherwise requested). All dozen bottles are the same shade. Bottles can instead be painted upon request. Unpainted bottles are coated in a mixture of turpentine, spar varnish and linseed oil, rendering them rain resistant.
Bottles are hung from the bandoleer belt by 1/8 inch thick, grayish-white cotton string very difficult to break on the field. To help prevent tangling, small brass rings encircle every pair of strings. No ferrous metals used anywhere on the bandoleers.
A bullet pouch, hand-cut and hand-stitched cowhide, is integral to every bandoleer, with a pewter button. Each bandoleer has holes for hanging a priming flask.
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Note: the seller/manufacturer of these bandoleers is not responsible for how they may be used. Should you put black powder in the bottles, always be aware that black powder is an explosive please handle it with caution records from the 16th & 17th centuries indicate that bottles loaded with powder may ignite when exposed to fire or sparks or static electricity.