60-round cartridge pouch
is copied from an original in the Toronto
Historical Board's reserve collection along with information on surviving
examples in other collections.
As with our other products, attention
to detail is key in reproducing this item.
The pouch flap is rough-side-out and the tab has been blind stitched. The flap
is dyed black on both sides like the original and this is typical of other 19th
In fact the original also shows signs of being heavily
polished on the inside of the flap.
appropriate tin trays are included in the price, and the appropriate leather
button for closing the flap is also present.
The pouch is hand stitched
with blackened waxed thread, and has hand-cut iron buckles.
It is simply a
Contrary to popular belief, this famous pouch did not have a
wood block and tin tray.
you recreate a British infantryman or Rifleman in the Napoleonic Wars or the War
this pouch is required.
Through detailed studies of
Regimental Inspection Returns, it has been uncovered that this pouch, approved
in 1804, was almost universally used by British units at home or serving in
Europe by 1809-1810.
For regiments in the colonies or other stations such
as the Cape of Good Hope, it took as late as 1812 to outfit everyone with the
In the War of 1812, when the new pouches arrived, the
ones were sent to auction or sold through the newspaper ads, presumably
purchased by volunteer units.
was interesting about the 60 round pouch, was that cartridges became issued in
packs of 10 opposed to packs of 12.
In the pouch 4 packs (40
were put in upright in the upper tin tray's slot, while 2
packs were laid flat in the compartments of the lower tray.
cartridges ready to the soldier must have improved the continued fire power of
the British, as compared to the earlier pouch which had only 18 available, prior
to the block being flipped.
Once the soldier was out, his file
partner assisted the soldier in cycling the remaining two packs from the lower
tray into the upper one.
Likely because of the leather shrinking around
the trays, the upper/lower tray system was abandoned in the 1817.
model that year was a deeper design where all 60 rounds were upright and ready
When the 1817 pattern was slowly introduced, the 1804 ones
were surplused and many of them, along with a great variety of other equipment,
ended up in the Mexican Army in the 1830s.
In addition, during the
Napoleonic Wars, Britain supplied shiploads of infantry equipment to her allies
It is presumed that this pouch would have been amongst these
supplies and found its way into the armies of Prussia, Spain, Portugal, and so on.