It’s brown wool fabric nice and thick. It makes a very nice shape, although it has some disfiguring on the one side that will need steamed to be corrected. Although very fixable and is a great find. So I have some finished images for your viewing pleasure.
Then I saw this rifle in the corner of the same shop. The rifle was cap kind of toy, also it is meant to look old. It was in good shape but needed some love. Minor pitting in the barrel and scratches on the stock from play. So headed home with quite a revolutionary war patriot starter kit. I knew I was going to have to look at percussion based rifles since this has similar look and length for this toy. Look and time frame
More recently after getting a good look at my family’s percussions rifle from the 1830’s. I was able to finish my cap rifle with some flair.
Here are my results. I was able to add some wood burning features to hide
the scratches. I added a wooden ram rod and based some wood burning texture on my familial firearm of similar time frame.. Made a hemp rifle strap with brass rings, added brass studs along the brass straps, brass rings for the ramrod, and brass sides plates located on sides of the stock. For an unexpected project I think this turned out very well.
I hope to eventually make a riding habit in the same brown wool with tan ribbon trim. That eventually taking the gun for a walk in costume would not look so out of place.
All this gives me things to do while I let my hands heal. Here to hoping I can get back to some needle work soon.
Hoping THL Marrin O’Kealy