Southern Heart Shaped Shot Pouch
The southern mountain shot pouches shown on this page were copied from Jim Webb’s book Sketches of Hunting Pouches, Powder Horns, and Accoutrements of Southern Appalachia. I made the first, heart shaped, shot pouches pictured here exactly as shown on pages 18-19; approximately 7.5″wide x 7.5″ high, using 3-4oz vegetable tanned cowhide and linen thread.This shot pouch design consists of a one piece back and flap with a front panel attached via a 1″ gusset that goes around the entire pouch and attaches to the strap.
The shot pouch is assembled such that the flesh sides are stitched together without a welt, and the bag is not turned. This results in the gusset folding inward. It is an unusual arrangement, but that is how the original was constructed. I used an iron buckle on the strap to allow for seasonal adjustment. The leather was stained with vinegar and iron. The strap is about 60″ and can be shortened as much as necessary just by punching new holes for the buckle.
The attached powder horn is based on several original powder horns from Southwest Virginia. It is about 13″ around the outside curve with a 2 1/2″ base plug. It is hand scraped and filed with a turned walnut base plug attached using hand forged nails. A turned walnut stopper finishes the horn. The horn is dyed yellow with aquafortis and appropriately aged.
Below is a heart shaped pouch with a slightly different horn. This horn has an turned applied collar instead of integral rings, and is based on the horn on pages 228-229 in Jay Hopkins book Bone Tipped and Banded Horns. It is about 12 1/2″ around the outside curve with a 2 1/4″ base plug.
Below are two heart shaped shot pouches with plain powder horns that are much more typical of what you would find in the southern mountains. The bottom outfit uses linen cord and chain to attach all the accouterments, much as it would have in the period.
Typical One Piece Shot Pouch
This is a very typical one piece rectangular shot pouch based on the one shown on pages 14-15 of Jim Webb’s book. It is just one piece of leather stitched up the sides with a welt and then turned inside out. I added the welt since the pouch was to be turned. The original did not have one. The pouch measures about 7″ wide by about 8″ high. The strap is about 53″ top of bag to top of bag, but can be shortened as much as you like.
The attached horn (#29) is very similar to Horn #24 shown above. It has a turned base plug and an turned, applied collar. It is about 13 1/2″ around the outside curve (button to stopper) with an approximately 2 1/8″ base plug.
The pouch body and strap are made from 3-4 oz vegetable tanned cowhide. An iron buckle is used for strap adjustment. The leather is stained with vinegar and iron for a blue-black color and finished with mink oil and black shoe polish.
Small Two Piece Shot Pouch ($345)
This shot pouch is shown on pages 16-17 of Jim Webb’s book. It is a very simple two piece (back with flap, and front) pouch flat sewn along the bottom and up the sides with a brass button holding the flap closed. It is little under 7″ wide x 6″ high. That is pretty small. It is basically just large enough for a few balls and some patches. I imagine it being carried with a squirrel rifle and paired it with a very small banded screw-tip horn.
The horn is about 10 1/2″ around the outside curve (staple to stopper) with a base plug about 2 1/8″ in diameter. I figure it might hold 10 shots worth of powder for a small caliber rifle. The outfit is perfect for a day of hunting.
The pouch body and strap are made from 3-4 oz vegetable tanned cowhide. An iron buckle is used for strap adjustment. The strap is about 53″ top of bag to top of bag, but can be shortened as much as you like. The leather is stained with vinegar and iron for a blue-black color and finished with mink oil and black shoe polish.
The outfit above is for sale for $345 plus $20 shipping and any applicable VA sales tax.
I try to make all my recreated shot pouches and horns look used. That means adding wrinkles, puckers, perhaps some cracks, and a bit of dirt and oil. I leave normal blemishes in the leather that add some character.
Pricing for items like the ones shown above is as follows:
- Southern Heart Shaped Shot Pouch (like #11) – $140 plus shipping
- Southern One Piece Shot Pouch (like #26) – $125 plus shipping
- Small Two Piece Shot Pouch (like #25- $120 plus shipping
- Leather Powder Horn Hangers – $15 (Option with a pouch order)
- Leather knife sheath attached to back of pouch – $35 (Option with a pouch order – client must provide knife)
- Plain Southern Powder Horn with a flat base plug (with staple) and a simple carved throat and spout (like #3 or #28) – $120 plus shipping
- Southern Powder Horn with a Turned Base Plug, and a carved throat and spout with integral rings (like #7) – $150 plus shipping
- Southern Powder Horn with a Turned Base Plug and a applied collar (#24 or #29) – $120 plus shipping.
- Multiple Banded Screw-tip Powder Horn (like #27) – $225 plus shipping
- Tin Powder Measure, Whipped Brush and Pick set (as shown with Bag #11) – $50
Priority shipping and insurance on a single item is $15. Shipping on an outfit is $20. I will collect VA Sales Tax for items shipping to VA residents.
If you would like something similar to what is shown on this page, or even something completely different, use the Contact form to send me an e-mail. See FAQ for more information on purchasing custom work. The availability of any particular horn design depends on the availability of an appropriate unfinished horn in my inventory.