Civil War Suspenders Rust Gold Cotton Sewn On Period Hand Crank Sewing Machine
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Civil War Suspenders Rust Gold Cotton Sewn On Period Hand Crank Sewing Machine :
Up for sale is one pair of Civil War suspenders, or rather, braces as they were called during the War. Some people call these "Poor Boy" suspendershowever, that appears to be a"reenactorism", still, it is a term that is used by some reenactors so I will use it in my listing.I have addedphoto documentation ofthe styling of mybraces. Note that period trousers had one button on each side but most modern reproductions have two buttons per side. My braces are an adaption of this original type of suspender with a "Y" endpiecemade offabric. I made the "y" peices longer so that there is a "tail" in front to emulate period braces such as shown in photo.
Homemade by me,using an authentic period hand cranked sewing machine. This is a new option that I am offering to the discriminating living historian. The machine (in 5th photo) is a Bradbury New Family which is a copy of the Singer New Familyintroducedin 1863 and uses the transverse shuttle system. The buttonholes are handsewn of course.This style is perfect for the Campaigner Progressive Living Historian that comes from a home that was fortunate enough to have a sewing machine. Many homes in the North probably had a sewing machine. Because the machine is so much faster, I can offer these braces at slightly lower cost than my totally handsewn version. Also, the thread used in the machine is antique cotton thread (shown in the6th photo) for as much authenticity as possible. The material on this pair of braces is a period reproduction called CIVIL WAR ALBUM II by PAM WEEKS for NEW CASTLE FABRICS. The last pic is a scan of the actual fabric. The facingmaterial is a 100%Cotton Rust w/Cream & Gold Floral printfabric, I fold the sides into each other and the two strips are then sewntogether for good strength, approximately 1 1/2" wide andthe button holes are all hand stitched. The backing is an off white cotton ticking material for good strength. I made these with a slightly longer "tail" in the front to approximate the period look seen in photos. Tocheckfor fitment, you need to put on the trousers you wear for events (remember trousers in Civil War ride higher than modern pants). Measure from rear button, over the opposite shoulder (I recommend crossing the braces in the back), down to your front buttons. This will give you the approximate length you need. The4 different lengths are achieved by moving to a different button hole on the braces. Most fellers in the 6' tall, 180-220 lb range will use approximately 38" length, depending on trouser rise. If you need shorter, I can add holes or for longer, I can provide extensions to button on the back (these are $4 extra), please indicate at sale end.
This pair is a new style I have developed. If you will note on the back of the braces, I have added a strip of fabric creating a loop for one side to run through. This is to help keep the braces from falling off your shoulders during use. Rather than simply sewing them, this loop allows for movement of the braces so as to not bind up on one side or the other.
BLUE CREAM TAN FLORAL100%cottonprint fabricw/Whitecotton thread handsewn buttonholes making theseadjustable from-42", 40.5",39", 37.5"
NOTE: sale IS FOR THE SUSPENDERS ONLY. THE PICTURED SEWING MACHINE AND ANTIQUE THREAD ARENOT FOR SALE AND ARE SHOWN SO YOU CAN SEE THE MACHINE& THREADACTUALLY USED TO MAKE THESE BRACES. Great for either Union or Confederatecampaigner, reenactor, living historianlooking for something different. A pair of handmade braces sent from home!!! Usable for Civil War civilian as well as BlackPowder Shooters, Mountain Man,Rendezvous, Cowboy Action Shooter, SASS as well. ATTENTION INTERNATIONAL BUYERS: please wait to send payment until I send you an invoice with correct shipping costs. I cannot control delivery times and/or customs issues, therefore, I make no promises in regards to delivery times.Here are some comments from satisfied customers:How did I EVER Reenact without these before???LOVE EM!! HIGHLY RECOMMEND! A+ A+"Great item. Super fast service. Recommended""Awsome suspenders. Thanks for all your help!!!" "Great item, well made and outstanding service. Thanks! A+A+A+A+""Nice braces good transaction AAA +++Thanks""Very nicely made, Excellent suspenders, extreemly fast shipping, the best!"