Category Archives: Historical Clothing and Equipment

A Gift From Robert Campbell

I recently received a new rifle from Robert Campbell as a token of appreciation for saving his life.  You see, back in the spring of 1829, I lost mine while rescuing him from the Blackfeet.  We were at a place … Continue reading

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Solo Camp

Requirement #3 states “Must have spent an accumulative time of two or more weeks in the wilderness under primitive conditions in the company of no more than one other member. Each stay must be at least three full days and … Continue reading

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Brain Tan Leggins

I made a second set of brain tan leggins.  These are full length and have a broad loop at the top for my belt.  I can wear these over cloth trousers or with a breech clout.

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Swan’s Down Vest

I have seen several mentions of a Swan’s Down Vest.  My research revealed to me that “Swan’s Down” was a very soft wool fabric used for vests and baby clothes.  I found a very soft blanket material and using the … Continue reading

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Summary Comments on the Works of Alfred Jacob Miller.

In studying the artwork of Miller, I have seen many wonderful references to the material culture of the Rocky Mountain fur trade.  I will use his artwork and notes to develop and justify many of the items I use in … Continue reading

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“On Your Own Hook”

Miller says there are three classes of trappers – the hired, the free and the trapper “on his own hook”.  Does any one know the difference between the later? A friend responds:  ‘Miller is probably describing engagee trappers (hired), free … Continue reading

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Observations on Miller

The following comments are based on the sketches by Alfred Jacob Miller as found in the Parke-Bernet Galleries sale book from 1966. #1 – Antoine Clement had a white dog with lop ears.  His leather shirt has long fringe and Indian quill … Continue reading

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The Dog Travois

Last summer, I built a couple of travois for my dogs and started training them to pull them with some of my gear on them.  They have done very well.  Cole can carry up to 35 lbs. on his travois, … Continue reading

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Spurs

I made a pair of spurs to wear over my moccasins.  The life of the Mountain Men was a life on horseback.  When you spend some time on a horse or a mule you come to understand the value of … Continue reading

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Mountain Man Axe

Recently I found a axe head that matches the axe head depicted in the “Mountain Man Sketchbook Vol 2.”  I found a straight handle 28″ long at House Handles and put together my own mountain man axe.

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