Sunday 23 February 2014

Saturday 22 February 2014

Sierra Toy Soldiers' 60th Foot

Don't get round to feature toy soldiers much but these caught my eye. Originally produced for a UK Museum they come in parade or campaign paint jobs - more here

Friday 21 February 2014

Boston Massacre Reenactment

From the Bostonian socirty's FB page:
Join us on Saturday, March, 8 at 7:00 pm as we commemorate the 244th anniversary of the Boston Massacre. Witness this infamous event as it is reenacted in front of the Old State House, in the very place where it occurred in 1770.

Before the action unfolds, hear from patriots, loyalists, and moderates who will talk about the events and attitudes that led to that fateful night. Become part of the night, joining in with shouts of the crowd, taunting the British or condemning the raucous Bostonians. As they s
ay “the early bird gets the worm,” so come early and explore the newly re-done Council Chamber, learn more about the Boston Massacre, and get a great viewing spot for the event!

Can’t make the reenactment? Follow us on twitter for a live tweet of the reenactment! Find us @BostonianSoc using #bostonmassacre.

A big advance thank you to the reenactors and living historians from throughout New England participating who help bring this event to life! Please see for more details

Wednesday 19 February 2014

Galloping Major MILITIA

 LANCE says
The French & Indian War Anglo-American Militia are available to pre-order for just a few more days. The pre order consists of all 4 packs of 6 figures each, plus the new “Soldiers Free” militiaman, and for the pre-order only, a Limited Release figure: a Mohawk allied warrior with tomahawk. The figures are also ideal for representing non-uniformed provincials, and are receiving attention for service as AWI minute men.

Patterns for Nouvelle France

Over at Suzanne Gousse's ETSY store

Tuesday 11 February 2014

Fort Mims' event

Mark your calendar for the 'War of 1812 in the Tensaw Country' coming up on March 15 & 16, 2014, 9-3, at Historic Fort Mims. This event will feature Fort Montgomery, Andrew Jackson and the troops in this area (maybe Davy Crockett will be here!), and the activity of the Redstick Creeks after Fort Mims and up to Horseshoe Bend.
There will be a lot going on:
Living history encampments
Skirmish between local militia and the Redstick Creeks
Archaeological 'dig' at the East Gate
Presentation of Historic and Medicinal Plants of the area
Art exhibit featuring local artist whose work includes 'historic' themes of the 1800-1865 time period.

Friday 7 February 2014

Fort William Henry paintings for sale

Here. Have you got this Osprey yet? What do you think?

Compagnies Franches de la Marine

Officer - Marseilles 1754 by Vernet. The Marines that served in America didn't have a collar - whether this difference was followed by Officers is not known.

cadet de l'aiguillette

Un « cadet de l'aiguillette » recevant les consignes d'un sergent des Compagnies franches de la Marine en Nouvelle-France, 1750-1755 Eugène Lelièpvre - from here
Compagnies franches de la Marine at Project SYW
The young man being trained in this picture wears the characteristic blue and white shoulder cord known as an 'aiguillette' that gave rise to the nickname 'cadets of the aiguillette'.

Tuesday 4 February 2014

'Benedict Arnold in the Company of Heroes'

The Lives of the Extraordinary Patriots Who Followed Arnold to Canada at the Start of the American Revolution

Copyright Arthur Lefkowitz Collection. He says 'Here is the wrap-around cover painting that I commissioned for my new book'.
  'I commissioned this illustration from the Albany, New York based artist Dahl Taylor for my book. I had Mr.Taylor include my two dogs in his painting. My terrier Jackson is standing next to Benedict Arnold and Jackson's younger sister Schuyler is posed next to Arnold's aides-de-camp. Check-out the rifleman behind Daniel Morgan.  He is carrying a folding spear which may have been used in the Saratoga campaign.   The Charleville muskets are racked with their bayonets fixed and Morgan is wearing shoes and not moccasins ..   Arnold is not wearing a ribband-of-office across his chest but his two aides-de-camp are wearing them. Basically everything in the painting is based on period artwork including Arnold’s face. 

Arthur S. Lefkowitz

Been chatting online with the American Revolution author- he has some really interesting titles in his portfolio - go here to see a list of titles.