WAR OF 1812 ENSEMBLE – Pvt John Carter

WAR OF 1812 ENSEMBLE – Pvt John Carter

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WAR OF 1812 ENSEMBLE

 Group of items carried in the War of 1812 by John C. Carter, while serving in Captain Fountain’s Company in the Virginia Militia. Private Carter was from Albemarle County, Virginia.

 The ensemble includes his bicorn hat with original flume, flintlock fowler (attributed to a Virginia gunsmith), leather cartridge box, powder flask, and the original War of 1812 land grant issued to John C. Carter.

 FLINTLOCK FOWLER

Long barrel flintlock smoothbore fowler attributed to a Virginia gunsmith that is stock in hard maple with brass hardware. This fowler is still in original flint. It was carried during the  War of 1812 by Private John  C. Carter, Albemarle County, Virginia.

UNITED STATES LAND GRANT – WAR OF 1812

Original United States Land Grant issued by President James Buchanan (Secretarial Signature), on March 3, 1855.

 It granted eighty acres of land in Sioux City, Iowa to John C. Carter, Private, in Captain Fountain’s Company of the Virginia Militia, for his service in the War of 1812.

 BICORN HAT

WAR OF 1812 BI-CORN HAT WITH ORIGINAL FLUME

War of 1812 Bi-corn (Chapeau de Bras) hat with original flume worn by Private John C. Carter during his tour of duty with the Virginia Militia in the War of 1812. This style hat was very popular with the American State Militias and Volunteers during the War of 1812.

Rare to find a War of 1812 Bi-corn hat and even rarer to find one with the original flume. The hat is made of beaver felt with a cloth trim and decorated with vertical embroidery trim on both sides. The condition of the hat is very good considering it age. (For a full description of a bi-corn hat, see “Soldiers in America” – Don Troiani, page 89.)

 MILITIA KIDNEY CARTRIDGE BOX AND BELT

Very fine leather militia kidney shaped cartridge box with shoulder strap carried by Private John C. Carter, Albemarle County, Virginia. The box measures 9” x 2 ½” x  2 ¾” and has a tin insert that holds twenty paper cartridges. The tin insert was undoubtedly made by a very talented tinsmith and completed by a superb leather worker.

This cartridge box has very fine hand switched leather that is surprisingly supple and in excellent condition. 

POWDER FLASK

 

HORN POWDER FLASK

Very fine back-country horn powder flask was carried by Private John C. Carter, Albemarle County, Virginia during his service in the Virginia Militia in the War of 1812.

The flask was a necessary accoutrement used to carry powder for quick loading of Private John C. Carter’s flintlock fowler or to provide powder for paper cartridges.

BRASS BULLET MOLD 

Part of the ensemble carried by Private John C. Carter of Captain Fountain’s Company of the Virginia Militia during his service in the War of 1812.

Nice brass round ball mold used to make lead balls to be used in the making of paper cartridges or loaded directly to his flintlock fowler.

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Like so many men and women that served in our colonial wars, Private John C. Carter of Albemarle County, Virginia was a true American patriot.

His service in the War of 1812 was recognized by the issuing to him of a United Stated Land Grant. Like many colonial soldiers, he gifted his land that was grant to him to a relative who developed land in Iowa.

This fine ensemble presents a fine collection of War of 1812 memorabilia that the Carter Family sold to Mr. Yost also of Albemarle County, Virginia who in turn sold to Gordon Barlow, Swoope, Virginia in 1982 for his collection.

 

 

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