Those are wooden marking gauges. Later I will try to lay out some items for a better view. Some may not actually be 1850 vintage, but they are just like what would have been available. Just manufactured a bit later.Nice tools. In the second picture, what is the tool at the top with a mallet wood head and square handle?
Well, this guy did just that! James Hobbs. Take a read, it is a great book.Part of the difficulty in creating a personna for this period is that so many things happened during the period from 1830 on that it is difficult to avoid being greedy and creating a superman insofar as experience.
It's possible for the same man to have participated in the Rocky Mountain fur trade, then the Santa Fe trade, followed by the Texas revolt, a stint as a Texas Ranger, service in the Mexican-American war, the gold boom in California, the building of the first cross-country freight and mail lines, and on and on. Take your pick. There was hyper-activity at all levels.
1940 movie kit Carson with Jon hall.Few folks also do 1812 in the states. At an office in DC I once saw a fancy brass plaque that said, " On this site on November 23, 1872, absolutely nothing of importance occurred."
For many history buffs, that same "nothing of importance occurred" is true for that time period.
Hollywood and the media have so romanticized some parts of our history and ignored others.
A few movies about the original cattle drives, very few about the Mexican War era or 1812.
One movie about Fremont that I recall. Any about Kit Carson? Not many superheros from that era. Davy Crockett was gone in 1836. A few minor Indian uprisings.
Billin Oregon you might also like the book Empire of the Summer Moon and look into the life of Col. Randle MacKenzie in Texas post 1960's but the 1st book is about the Comanches and more specific Quanah Parker. I have seen some of your previous post.I find it really odd that the fertile historical period from about 1840 to 1860 is virtually ignored in the re-enacting/living history community. Pre-1840 you have the fur trade/mountain man camp; post-1860 you have the Civil War re-enactors followed by all the cowboy action shooters taking things up to about 1900.
But the 1840-60 period lies virtually fallow. This is the period that nursed Sam Colt's revolvers to perfection. This is the period in which Texas struggled with nationhood and Comanches. This is the period that inaugurated the great migration west across the Plains along the Oregon Trail. This is the period of the Gold Rush. This is the period when Jayhawkers, pro-slavers and John Brown spread terror on the Kansas/Missouri border. And almost no one re-enacts it. At least there are no mainline organizations that do that I know of.
Don't y'all find it ironic?
You nailed it. What's missing is the excitement of the other periods.
French and Indian period = War
Revolutionary Period = War
Mountain Man Period = Well, "Mountain Men" (not your ordinary citizen)
Civil War Period = War
Nobody wants to reenact Moguls, Business, Technological Improvements, Steamboats or Telegraph.
IMHO, it's obvious what the other periods have.