Jim Keller's Military Accoutrements


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When Ordering:

·         For a shako or hat, I will need the circumference of your head just above the ears.

·         For belting, I typically need an idea of height & waist.  For a shako or hat, I will need the circumference of your head just above the ears.

·         Prices as of January 2023 subject to change without notice.

·         Please note: Prices are in US Dollars, for Canadian prices add 15% plus HST





Artillery, Powder Horns & Canteens


Artillery Kit

The kit includes 2 ˝ inch wide white buff shoulder belt with leather pockets containing a brass hammer and two brass pricks. The belt has brass bet tips and brass rings to contain the red cording for a priming powder horn.  The horn has the traditional brass spout and end cap for the British Artillery.  The white buff pouch contains a wood block for cartridges and two holes containing iron spikes to “spike” the cannon if being overrun by the enemy.  A brass crown ordains the pouch cover. Two brass buckles attach the belt to the pouch.  The design follows the Pierre Turner book as closely as possible.

Complete Kit: $534.00

Buff Artillery Belt with Brass Tips - $120.00
Brass Pick - $10.00  (x2)
Brass Hammer - $25.00
Pouch (wood block, crown & buckles) - $260.00
Artillery Spike with slanted slit - $7.00 (x2)
Royal Artillery Priming Horn - $95.00
Red Wool Cording with Tassels - $25.00

Total Package:  $552.00


Artillery Tools

Sketch of artillery tools from Pierre Turner’s book on British accoutrements with a picture of one manufactured by me.  The spike has a hook design on the end to prevent the spike from being pulled out of the vent hole after spiking the cannon.

Brass Hammer: $25.00
Brass Pick: $10.00
Iron Spike: $7.00


Artillery Cartouche

Leather carrying case for cannon charge.  Typically 4 ˝ diameter by 6 inches high.  Larger units can be made by request.

4 ˝ inch cartouche: $160.00


Artillery Leather Bucket

To the left is an all leather bucket double stitched along the side and bottom.  The handle is leather rolled over and stitched.  Everything is dyed English tan for a watertight and weather resistance finish.  The dimensions are about 6 ˝ inches wide by 7 inches high.  The base is slightly larger to reduce chances of tip over.

The bucket on the right is a large fire bucket 10 inches in diameter by 10 inches high.  An iron ring sewn in the top keeps the top of the bucket round and open.

Small leather bucket: $200.00
Large leather bucket: $265.00


Artillery Quadrant

This device was used to set the angle of the cannon using a protractor and a brass ball.  The ball stores away in a compartment in the end when not in use.  It is made from hard maple and is the writing is deeply engraved in the wood.


Artillery Quadrant: $60.00


Priming & Powder Horns

Three sizes of horns are available. The largest is a Rev War British style powder horn with the brass end cap diameter of about 2 ˝ inches across.  The brass spout is the traditional British design.  Horns vary wildly so dimensions in the picture are roughly what one might expect.  The middle horn is a artillery priming horn with an end cap diameter of about 2 inches.  It copies the size of an original found in North America.  The lower horn is a copy of a British priming located on the island of Malta and its end cap is only 1 ˝ inches in diameter.  Since these horn spouts do not have a double baffle design, actually putting black powder in them is not recommended and actually banned at most government run forts.  They are for show only!  Horn shape and colour vary a lot.  Please keep that in mind.  The brass parts are hand made by me.

Large Powder Horn: $110.00
Medium Priming Horn: $100.00
Small Priming Horn: $95.00
Brass Spout only: $40.00

Variations on the horn design.




1812 British and American Canteens


Crimean War Canteen


Wood canteens follow specifications and design presented in Pierre Turner’s book on British accoutrements and ones displayed at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa.  The design stayed basically the same for 80 years.  The Crimean War version has the year 1854 engraved on the side while the War of 1812 version has the “British Ordinance” symbol branded into the side.  Canteen is tightly banded together and made to hold water.  Shellac is used as a sealing agent.  They come with a wood stopper and a leather shoulder belt with an iron buckle.

Having seen one of these on the inside after a season of re-enacting, I highly recommend NOT using them to drink from.  Wood is very difficult to keep disinfected.  If you must, empty the canteen whenever it is not being used and let the inside dry out. Never put anything in it but water.  Shellac breaks down with alcohol and while not toxic it really tastes bad.  Shellac is used in the pharmaceutical and fruit industry to keep things “fresh” and is produced by an insect much like beeswax but shellac is produced by the shellac beetle. 

1812 Wood Canteen: $110.00
1854 Wood Canteen: $110.00
U.S. Canteen: $110.00