The southern heart shaped shot pouches shown on this page were copied from pages 18-19 of Jim Webb’s Sketches of Hunting Pouches, Powder Horns, and Accoutrements of Southern Appalachia. I made the shot pouches exactly as shown, 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.
As with all my recreated shot pouches and horns, I try to made them look used. That means adding wrinkles, puckers, a few cracks, some stains and blemishes, and a bit of dirt and oil. I try not to overdue it so that the function of the bag is compromised.
Below is another heart shaped bag with a very plain horn that is much more typical of what you would find in the southern mountains. Linen cord and chain is used to attach all the accouterments much as it would have in the period. The last picture shows the inside of the pouch and gives you a better idea of the construction.
Pricing for items like the ones shown above is as follows:
- Southern Heart Shaped Shot Pouch – $249 plus shipping
- Leather Powder Horn Hangers – $29
- Plain Southern Powder Horn (like #3) – $169 plus shipping
- Carved Southern Powder Horn with a Turned Base Plug (like #7) – $219 plus shipping
- Carved Horn/Antler Powder Measure, Whipped Brush, & Vent Pick (as shown with Bag #8) – $149
- Tin Powder Measure, Whipped Brush and Pick set (as shown with Bag #11) – $69
The bags and horns shown on this page can be made relatively quickly. If you would like something similar, or even something completely different, call or text me at 804 746-8288 or use the Contact form to send me an e-mail. See FAQ for more information on purchasing custom work.