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04-01-2009, 02:51 PM
For those of you interested, I recently purchased some tinware from the "Wisconsin Veterans Museum" to add to my large collection of CW reproduction tin cups. It seemed, in the past, they were always out of stock. So just a heads up, to those of you looking for another source on period tinware. Who knows maybe someday they will do another run of their Augie blanket.
Enjoying a cup of "rio"with chicory in my Pvt. Smiths cup as I type this.:D
Here is the link;
Now you can satisify your tinware fetish. :rolleyes: :lol:
Ross L. Lamoreaux
04-01-2009, 06:17 PM
That has always been my favorite source for a couple of items, as it has always been high quality. The dipping process eliminates most rust that you get with the ordinary stuff and lasts forever. My coffee cooler and tin drum canteen have gone on for years, and the coffee pot rocks too. Get it while you can, as it seems they make stuff in smaller runs and you have to wait awhile for new runs, but its always worth the wait.
04-01-2009, 06:38 PM
While their tinware is very good, it's not, strictly speaking, period correct. The pieces used to be made by Pat Cunningham, and he does a very nice job of fabricating the metal, then dips the item in molten tin, the reverse of the historically-correct way. The only tinsmith making period-correct products in a more or less period manner is John Peterson at Otter Creek. His tin is not made in the 1860s fashion, because the process is apparently too dangerous and toxic, so he uses metal that has been electroplated with the same wavy lines we love with hot-dipped tin, then fabricates the final product.
This is no knock on the WVM tinware, as I have owned their cooling bowl or whatever it's called in the past.
04-01-2009, 07:55 PM
Sorry Bill, but I still make the WVM stuff. All the stock is dipped as flat sheet stock from which parts are cut and assembled, not dipped after the fact.
Seems to me that if the product is dipped after assembly various soldered parts would fall off, but what do I know.
Ross L. Lamoreaux
04-01-2009, 09:15 PM
Thank you Pat for the fine products you put out. I have two of everything from WVM and three on some items!
04-01-2009, 10:27 PM
I'm so glad to see you have a website--its so nice to browse around!
Several vendors already know I'm a sucker for your work , with nested gill to a gallon pitchers, lanterns, japaned boxes, and the lovely painted round lidded pail. The little painted bread pan stayed in my hands a couple of weeks before going off as a housewarming gift for the editor of Skirmish Magazine.
Now I see you have a large painted tray server as well. And I'm jealous because my spitton is not painted!
And in our little traveling circus, this stuff gets a lot of use--and holds up far better than other tinware we've had. Mrs. Simpson and I have been discussing the merits of a reflector oven or a stove box for some time.
So many wonderful pieces of tin,
04-02-2009, 02:08 AM
I had always wondered who made all that great tin on their website.:confused:
Three cheers! to you Mr. Cunningham!;)
I believe that Ezra Barnhouse goods sells your tinware as well.
04-02-2009, 11:13 AM
Thank you, Pat, for clearing that up. It's nice to see that after all these years of study and learning that I'm just as likely to get it wrong as get it right! ;)
And as I said in my post, the WVM tinware is very fine stuff indeed. Glad you haven't left us as so many fine vendors have.
04-05-2009, 12:21 PM
Then there's all that stainless steel stuff out there too. I recon it ain't no worse havin' tin stuff dipped after it's made than havin' the same item made outa' stainless...preezumin' that you are more interested in rust than authenticity. I only use the tin, unless you consider my new copper cup into the mess. Guess that 10' rule lets folks use what they like.
They tell me I cain't drink wine outa' that copper cup lest it gets a bit of twinge in the taste. Heck, who tastes the stuff anyhow, I jus drinks it, that's all!
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