It sounds like you go to a lot of events where people do these things. Why don't you ask them yourself?
Originally Posted by Pvt.Fowler
Hank's response makes the key point. People make various degrees of commitment to history and the "authentic" wing is not free from sin.
I would go further and suggest that if your judgment on matters of authenticity is limited to the sort of items you name, you're as bad as anyone. The degree of material culture you seem to aspire to is relatively cheap, and if the purpose of your modest outlay is to assume a pinnacle from which to cast contempt on your fellow hobbyists, then you're no more dedicated to the study of the real history of the era than they are.
We all have our own list of pet peeves about authenticity. Personally I wish more people knew the difference between clothing, camp and garrison equipage, and ordnance, and that they would learn how to write. But I understand that some of them are studying tactics, others are reading up on 19th century horticultural practices, and still others are working their rear ends off in their day jobs so they can afford to take a few days off with their family and enjoy an "immersion" into their own understanding of a reasonable facsimile of 19th century life.
I don't mind any of them; I assume they're all doing what they can. When I want to hang out with folks who are doing more, I know where to find them. Ease up, Mr. Fowler, and stop yelling. I've read the posts you've made since you signed on here in August and they all sound a bit angry. That's a shame. You and I and everyone else have only a little time in which to enjoy this life. Don't cheat yourself by worrying so much about the other fellow's canteen.
M. A. Schaffner
Midstream Regressive Complainer