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Kapellmeister 
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Kapellmeister
01-04-18 01:55 PM - Post#1661009    


Does anyone know of any documentation (written descriptions, museum pieces, etc.) for the leather "cow's knee" lock cover?

 
Artificer 
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01-04-18 02:56 PM - Post#1661020    

    In response to Kapellmeister

I hope Spence10 see's this because I'm sure he will have quite a few examples.

Painted cloth Lock Covers were well documented for the 18th century British Army throughout the century, but they normally didn't use leather unless they were short of cloth to sew up, paint for water proofing and use.

Gus

 
Spence10 
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01-04-18 03:03 PM - Post#1661025    

    In response to Kapellmeister

THE SOUTH CAROLINA GAZETTE
November 29, 1738
Charleston, South Carolina

Abstract of the Act for the better regulating the Militia of this Province ratified March 11, 1737.

AND BE IT FURTHER ENACTED by the Authority aforesaid, that every Person liable to appear and bear Arms at any Muster, Exercise or Training hereby appointed, pursuant to the Directions of this Act, shall constantly keep in his House, or at his usual Place of Residence, and bring with him to such Muster, Exercise or Training, one Gun or Musquet fit for Service, a Cover for his Lock, one Cartridge Box with at least 12 Cartridges filled with good Gun-powder and bail,...
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The Pennsylvania Gazette
February 8, 1759

By His EXCELLENCY GENERAL AMHERST, Commander in Chief of His MAJESTYForces in NORTH AMERICA, &c.

And every Man, is to be well clothed, and be furnished with a good Firelock, Powder Horn, Shot Bag, and Cover for the Lock of his Gun, with three Pound of Ball fit for his Gun, and a good Blanket.
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The Pennsylvania Gazette
May 7, 1794
WINCHESTER, April 28. From the Kentucky Gazette of March 9. INDIAN NEWS.

On the night of the second instant a party of Indians, consisting of twenty-five, secreted themselves near the block house at the mouth of Town creek, commanded by Sergeant Harrod of the 12th company 3d fab legion of the United States, and early the next morning fired upon and killed William Green, a soldier, and attempted to gain the door of the block house, but were repulsed, leaving behind them one rifle gun, one scalping knife, one blanket, one French capee, one breech clout, eight ram rods, and eight gun lock covers.
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Cuthbertson, Bennett, Esq. A System for the Complete Interior Management and Oeconomy of a Battalion of Infantry, The Second Edition. London: J. Millan, 1779.

Was every Soldier to have a painted linen case, to fit exactly upon the Lock of his Piece, and to be fastened by two small buttons, it would be of the utmost use and consequence, upon a march, in damp and rainy weather, and might in an instant (if occasion required it) be taken off, and carried in his Pouch.

Spence


 
Kapellmeister 
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Kapellmeister
01-08-18 09:01 AM - Post#1661994    

    In response to Spence10

Thanks so much! Great info as always, Spence!


 
SgtErv 
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01-13-18 04:49 PM - Post#1663194    

    In response to Kapellmeister

There is a picture of an original cow’s knee in A Soldier-Like Way: the Material Culture of the British Infantry 1751-1768,

It’s leather, and quite large

 
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