A New Shot Pouch, Powder Horn & Patch Knife

I recently decided that I have too many historically correct shooting outfits for guns I have yet to build that I never use. Consequently, I resolved to sell those outfits and make an entirely new shooting outfit for myself making the shot pouch, powder horn and patch knife that interests me and not necessarily a cohesive historically correct outfit . I am starting with an embroidered diary case type shot pouch with a little different flap design than on my previous pouch of this type. If you will recall, this pouch is based on one shown on pages 34-37 of Jim Webb’s book on shot pouches and powder horns of Southern Appalachia.

I made a few changes.  I only put one extra layer of leather in the flap instead of the three of the original and only created one front pocket instead of the original two.   This reduced the number of layers of leather I had to sew through to a max of five.   I also used 2 oz veg tan cow hide instead of buckskin.   I used 6 oz veg tan cow hide for the strap.

It took a while to work out the pattern, but the shot pouch actually went together much easier than I expected. I cut out the leather very precisely making sure all the mating edges (and punched holes) lined up exactly. I punched all the holes for the embroidery and used my own design. Once the embroidery was done, I glued the pieces together along the edges using white glue. I think this was the key to being able to easily sew it all together; that and the precise matching of the holes.   In case you were wondering, the glue mostly dissolves away when the bag  was soaked in warm water to turn it.

The bag is stained with vinegar and iron. That was done right after the parts were cut out.  I like vinegar and iron because it is a traditional stain,  It stains through and doesn’t wash out.  I put a lot of Mink oil on the bag once it was all done and dried out.

I used linen thread for the embroidery; the same type thread I use to assemble the bag. You can get that thread in an unbelievable number of colors. I only used red, yellow, blue, and green as close as possible to the historic fraktur colors. All the stitching that shows is done with red thread. I used natural color thread for the stitches that don’t show.

By the way, the bag finished up a little under about 7″ x 7″.  The original was listed at 6 1/2″.

The little patch knife included with the pouch was made in a day. The blade was forged from 1075 spring steel. It was inserted in an Axis deer antler handle being held in place with a poured pewter bolster. A gray patina was added to the satin finish on the blade.

The powder horn I made for this project was dictated by the unfinished cow horn I chose. I picked a smallish horn that was thin walled throughout with a nice curve and a solid area of white on the base half of the horn. I had originally planned to add a base band, but felt it would be a shame to cover up any of the solid white horn that was available for scrimshaw. So I decided against any bands. The horn would have a simple fraktur engraving. I picked a nice white Axis deer antler piece for the tip to match the handle on the patch knife. You can see below the result. The base plug is cherry and hollowed out about 3/4 of it’s length. The stopper is black walnut. The horn is 12 3/4″ around the outside curve, not including the stopper. It is 11 1/4″ tip to tip. The base plug is about 2 5/16″ in diameter.

Contemporary Fraktur Documents

What is Fraktur?

Fraktur is the term for the illuminated documents created in the 18th & 19th centuries by German speaking immigrants to America. Fraktur is typically associated with Pennsylvania, but it can be found anywhere that large groups of German speaking peoples settled, including my home state of Virginia.  Fraktur actually refers to the “fractured” or printed black letter Gothic font that is used in the documents.  It is printed letter by letter as opposed to being written as continuous script.   Fraktur is a form of calligraphy and some people use the terms interchangeably.

If fraktur documents just consisted of printed text, probably few people would pay attention to them or collect them.   However, fraktur are very often, almost always, embellished with colorful decoration.   Fraktur documents are filled with all sorts of familiar flowers, folliage, and birds.   Some of the flowers and birds are easily recognizable, and some are just fanciful representations.    Most of these images are rendered in primary colors; red, yellow and blue or some easy combination of those.

Most of the original fraktur are Geburtschein (birth certificates),  Taufschein (baptismal certificates), family registers.   You also see Haus Segen (house blessings) consisting of scripture or poetry colorfully illustrated, and book plates.    I create all of these and also marriage certificates.   I am open to creating most any type of fraktur document.   I have seen fraktur posters, flyers, and family trees.

Contemporary Fraktur Documents

Stock Designs

Below are examples of a hand lettered and hand colored Geburtschein , Marriage Certificate, Family Register, Haus Segen, and Book Plate using stock designs.  These are my original contemporary designs, and are available printed on heavy weight, A4 size (except for book plates) paper.  Design 1 (used for the sample Geburtschein and Marriage Certificates below) is most appropriate for a Geburtschein, a Taufschein, or marriage certificate.   Design 2 (used for the Haus Segan) is most appropriate for a a short prayer or verse as in a Haus Segan.

I will inscribe your’s or your loved one’s birth or baptismal record, or marriage record on Design 1  for $89 postpaid.   A short prayer or verse can be inscribed on Design 2 also for $89.  The family register  can be inscribed with any single family’s information for $99 postpaid.  These documents are all   hand lettered and hand colored prints on A4 calligraphy paper of the original designs shown on this page .  The documents may be mounted on foam board and matted for a 11″ x 14″ frame for an extra $19.  Sales tax is collected for VA residents.

You need to understand that these are not prints of finished works. I simply print a line drawing of the original design  as a starting point. The paper may be aged or not; your choice. Then I re-ink the lines where I feel it is necessary,  layout and inscribe the fraktur text using dip pens and calligraphy ink, add additional art where appropriate, and then do the coloring with period correct water colors. The hand coloring and lettering will vary from one document to another. No two documents using the same design are going to be exactly alike.

Geburtschein (Birth Certificate), Taufschein (Baptismal certificate) or Marriage Certificate

Sample Geburtschein fraktur using Design 1
Hand lettered and hand colored sample Geburtschein fraktur using Design 1

Sample marriage certificate fraktur using Design 1
Hand lettered and hand colored sample marriage certificate fraktur using Design 1

Hand colored and hand lettered Geburtschein, Taufschein  or Marriage Certificate print using Design 1 – $89 postpaid

Please use this Contact Form if you are interested in contracting for a fraktur document. Make sure to include your phone number so that I can call you about the project.

Family register

Sample Family Register fraktur using Design 3

Hand colored and hand lettered Family Register print using Design 3 – $99 postpaid

Please use this Contact Form if you are interested in contracting for a fraktur document. Make sure to include your phone number so that I can call you about the project.

Haus Segen (House Blessing)

Hand lettered and hand colored Haus Segen using Design 2 in a Faux Painted Frame
Hand lettered and hand colored Haus Segen using Design 2 in a Faux Painted Frame

Hand colored and hand lettered Haus Segen print using Design 2 – $89 postpaid

Please use this Contact Form if you are interested in contracting for a fraktur document. Make sure to include your phone number so that I can call you about the project.

Vorschrift

A Vorschrift is a lettering example usually done by school masters for the use of their students. Below is my Vorschrift Design 2 I did for my own reference, but I will also do a hand lettered and hand colored copy for you. It is available for $65 each.

Vorschrift - School Master Lettering Sample 2
Vorschrift – School Master Lettering Sample (Vorschrift Design 2) in a Faux Painted Frame

Hand colored and hand lettered  Vorschrift Design 2- $99 postpaid

Please use this Contact Form if you are interested in contracting for a fraktur document. Make sure to include your phone number so that I can call you about the project.

Book Plate

Book plates were common among original fraktur as books were rare and valuable things.   So people wanted to make sure their name was on them.   I have developed a stock book plate design that I like.   I can inscribe it with your name and hand color it for $29 postpaid plus any applicable VA sales tax..   For that you will get the original hand lettered and hand colored bookplate mailed to you and an .pdf document e-mailed to you which will allow you to print eight of your book plates on a full sheet label.

Fraktur Book Plate Design 2
Fraktur Book Plate Design 2

Hand colored and hand lettered  Book Plate Design 2- $29 postpaid

Please use this Contact Form if you are interested in contracting for a fraktur document. Make sure to include your phone number so that I can call you about the project.

Exclusive Designs

In addition to the hand lettered and hand colored prints of previous designs; I can produce an original, exclusive design; hand drawn, hand inked, hand lettered, and hand colored in any type or style you like. I can create an all original Geburtschein (birth certificate), Taufschein (baptism  certificate), family register, Haus Segen (house blessing), Marriage Certificate, or a purely decorative work. Actually, I could create a fraktur style document to commemorate most any event.

Exclusive Design Fraktur - Marriage Certificate
Exclusive Design Fraktur – Marriage Certificate

A completely original small size document (A4 – 8.27″ X 11.7″, 60lb, hot press, Sennelier Ink & Calligraphy paper) costs $149 postpaid.  The document may be mounted on foam board and matted for a 11″ x 14″ frame for an extra $19.  Sales tax is collected for VA residents.  Use the Contact page to inquire about such custom work.   After some discussion,  I will then send you a contract with the details for you to sign and return with a check.  I usually provide a sketch of the fraktur design for approval prior to inking and coloring.

Please use this Contact Form if you are interested in contracting for a fraktur document. Make sure to include your phone number so that I can call you about the project.

If you like these fraktur documents, perhaps you will also like my fraktur illustrations.

Fraktur Illustrations

Original Fraktur Illustrations

Shown here are some of my original designs inspired by 18th and 19th Century fraktur. Fraktur is the term for the illuminated documents created in the 18th & 19th centuries by German speaking immigrants to America.  Fraktur is typically associated with Pennsylvania, but it can be found anywhere that large groups of German speaking peoples settled, including my home state of Virginia.  The originals (as opposed to prints) of the designs shown here are hand drawn, hand inked, and hand colored using period correct water colors. These and my other illustrations are not a copy of antique fraktur but an expression of my own vision and creativity using cohesive motifs from antique documents. These and all my other illustrations of this size are done on 60lb, A4 (8.27″x11.7″), hot-pressed, acid free, ink and calligraphy paper from Sennelier.  Just the print on the same A4 paper is $29 postpaid.   It can be mounted and matted for a standard 11″x 14″ frame for an additional $16.    The prices of the original illustrations will vary depending on the time it took to complete them and whether they are framed or unframed.   Virginia sales tax is collected for Virginia residents.  Payment for fraktur illustrations will be by Paypal invoice.   Shipping is normally the next business day.

If you like these illustrations, perhaps you might also like my Birth/Baptismal/Marriage Certificates and Book Plates.

Note:  All the designs below may be printed on all sorts of items (like mugs, iPhone cases, and tote bags)  through my page on Fine Art America at https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/12-mark-elliott

Birds of Paradise

Purely decorative contemporary framed fraktur water color of stylized birds and flowers.
Water color of stylized birds and flowers in a faux painted frame.

Unmounted Print – Birds of Paradise – $29 postpaid plus VA sales tax.

Please use this Contact Form if you are interested in purchasing one of the illustrations shown above. Make sure to mention the title of the illustration and whether you want the original (if available) or the print.

Celebration

Water color of a green parot and a fireworks of flowers mounted in a hand painted frame.
Water color of a green parot and a fireworks of flowers mounted in a faux painted frame.

Unmounted Print – Celebration – $29 postpaid plus VA sales tax.

Please use this Contact Form if you are interested in purchasing one of the illustrations shown above. Make sure to mention the title of the illustration and whether you want the original (if available) or the print.

Blossoming of Faith

Framed fraktur type water color representative of the Blossoming of Faith.

Unmounted Print – Blossoming of Faith – $29 postpaid plus VA sales tax.

Please use this Contact Form if you are interested in purchasing one of the illustrations shown above. Make sure to mention the title of the illustration and whether you want the original (if available) or the print.

Tree of Life

Water color of spiritual tree of life with wheat, thistles, flowers, and an angel

Unmounted Print – Tree of Life – $29 postpaid plus VA sales tax.

Please use this Contact Form if you are interested in purchasing one of the illustrations shown above. Make sure to mention the title of the illustration and whether you want the original (if available) or the print.

Fraktur Christmas Tree

Illustration of a Pennsylvania Dutch style Christmas tree.

Unmounted Print – Fraktur Christmas Tree – $29 postpaid plus VA sales tax.

Please use this Contact Form if you are interested in purchasing one of the illustrations shown above. Make sure to mention the title of the illustration and whether you want the original (if available) or the print.

12 Point Star

Illustration of yellow and blue 12 point star design reminiscent of Pennsylvania Dutch hex signs.

Unmounted Print – 12 Point Star – $29 postpaid plus VA sales tax.

Please use this Contact Form if you are interested in purchasing one of the illustrations shown above. Make sure to mention the title of the illustration and whether you want the original (if available) or the print.

Strickler 2

colorful decorative work after 19th Century Valley of Virginia fraktur artist Jacob Strickler.

Unmounted Print – Strickler2 – $29 postpaid plus VA sales tax.

Please use this Contact Form if you are interested in purchasing one of the illustrations shown above. Make sure to mention the title of the illustration and whether you want the original (if available) or the print.

Serenity

Serenity Prayer Fraktur

Unmounted Print – Serenity Prayer – $29 postpaid plus VA sales tax.

Please use this Contact Form if you are interested in purchasing one of the illustrations shown above. Make sure to mention the title of the illustration and whether you want the original (if available) or the print.

Recovery 2

This fraktur is a representation of my recovery in a 12 step program.

Unmounted Original – Recovery 2 – $49 postpaid plus VA sales tax.

Unmounted Print – Recovery 2 – $29 postpaid plus VA sales tax.

Please use this Contact Form if you are interested in purchasing one of the illustrations shown above. Make sure to mention the title of the illustration and whether you want the original (if available) or the print.

Fraktur Bookmarks Set

Fraktur Bookmarks Set
Fraktur Bookmarks Set

Fraktur Bookmark - Peacock
Fraktur Bookmark – Peacock

Fraktur Bookmark - Little Birds
Fraktur Bookmark – Little Birds

Fraktur Bookmark - Tulips
Fraktur Bookmark – Tulips

Fraktur Bookmark - Flowered Vine
Fraktur Bookmark – Flowered Vine

Laminated Fraktur Bookmarks, Set of Four – $19 postpaid plus VA sales tax.

Please use this Contact Form if you are interested in purchasing the set of bookmarsk shown above. Make sure to mention Fraktur Bookmarks Set in your e-mail.

If you like these illustrations, perhaps you might also like my Birth/Baptismal/Marriage Certificates and Book Plates.

Custom Fraktur

Purely decorative contemporary framed fraktur water color of several birds and flowers.
Purely decorative contemporary framed fraktur water color of several birds and flowers.

I offer a number of fraktur works on the Fraktur Documents and Fraktur Paintings pages including printed and hand colored, birth certificates and house blessings. However, I can do a completely custom work for you. If you want a completely orginial birth/baptism or marriage certificate, a house blessing, or a family tree, we can talk about what you want; and I will work up a price for you. I am happy to entertain most any fraktur type work and will give you a fair price.

 

Sample Geburtschein fraktur using Design 1
Sample Geburtschein fraktur using Design 1

See Portfolio/Fraktur for more examples of my work.

To discuss a project and get a quote, use the Contact form to send me an e-mail. I will e-mail or call you back to discuss the project.