"Please have a look at my work and stay awhile." Dick Toone, Artisan and Proprietor

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We hand-build 18th century travel furnishings and field equipage to your specifications.

The Living History Shop works in close collaboration with historic sites as well as the Smithsonian Museum to research and reproduce unusual and challenging examples of historic technology specific to the 1740-1790 time period.

Because of the increasing complexity and scope of our projects, we will no longer be printing a catalog. Simply call or email us with your needs or to obtain current prices and delivery schedule.

Curators of historic sites can obtain — with permission from sites in possession — reproductions of some of George Washington’s personal campaign furniture and accessories, including his: Folding Field Bedsteads, Mess Kit, Stool, Liquor Chest, Shaving Kit, large Storage Box, Luggage and Writing Case.

All items are made from original examples I have seen and documented and employ construction details of the original. Iron keyed locks are used on chest lids and drawers. Hand forged iron work is made to our specifications by Jeff Miller (Flintlock Forge).

Examples include:

  • Wooden chests with dovetail or lap joints, forged iron or rope handles, snipe or strap hinges, painted or not
  • Pine topped tables with scissor leg or sawbuck design (2″ X-legs with streacher between)
  • Pine plank benches
  • Pine bench Shaving Horse
  • Red oak open frame wheelbarrows with solid (non-spoked) wheel standard
  • Red oak standard size ( 1 3/4″ thick frame) four spoke wheelbarrows with or without sides 1/2″ thick
  • White oak heavy duty wheelbarrows using 2″ thick stock for frame and 3/4″ thick sides and bottom – four spoke wheel
  • 17-18th century Miner Style Wheelbarrow (from Diderot) with four spoked wheel in red or white oak 3/4″ sides
  • Walnut folding officers bedstead in single or double width complete with bed curtains, mattress, and storage chest
  • Walnut officers grade Chippendale style folding table with matching upholstered stool including custom canvas case
  • Walnut or maple Georgian period folding chair upholstered in leather
  • The best wooden handled table top brazier made
  • Officer grade Mess Kit Canteen
  • Wine crates with or without blown bottles
  • Wine chest with blown bottles and glasses of officer grade in iron clasped walnut and with hand made lock
  • Sundry small items such as lidded pine Tavern Tankards, Tape Looms, and curly maple Lanterns

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE

Warrant Officer Arthur Young is a three time war zone veteran with two tours in Afganistan and one in Iraq.

He grew up in our camps at rendezvous and private trekking excursions with his parents Rick and Sue Young. It was perceived by Bill Harris and me (photo, above) that it would be our privilege to be able to thank Artie’s men for their service to our nation.

The order was filled November 10, 2010 at no charge including shipping. Inside of mug lid reads: Semper Fidelis 1775.

Mr. Toone,

I hope this email finds you, Mrs. Toone, and your sons and their families well and enjoying life.

I was curious if you still produce the pine tankards like the one my dad bought for me years ago. I was looking at buying 10 of them as a gift for my Marines. We just returned from our deployment to Afghanistan with Marine Special Operations; for some of us this was our second go round together. I am scheduled to move this winter to another unit and I wanted to show them my appreciation for all they have done. I’m extremely proud of them, they worked hard and accomplished more than I could have expected.

I’m not much into t-shirts, plaques, or mass produced mugs. To anyone outside the team it would be nothing more than a mug. But for my guys, it would be symbolic of my respect of them. I still regularly use the mug you made for both tea and beer (now a days more tea than beer), so I know that it will last them a long time and with this group of guys will frequently be filled with suds.

Again I hope all is well with you and yours Mr. Toone.

Artie

SWAN HISTORICAL FOUNDATION AT WASHINGTON’S CROSSING STATE PARK (NJ)

One of the best collections of Revolutionary War items in one place is in the little known Visitor’s Center at Washington Crossing State Park Titusville, New Jersey.

The Swan Historical Foundation’s collection of over 600 pieces are on display seven day a week (except holidays) many with known provenance and some known to been carried in the crossing December 1776. This display reflects four generations Swan collectors!

Included is an original Ferguson Rifle, numerous muskets and rifles, swords, powder horns, eight dog-face pistols, etc. all with information about the item. Kels Swan, President of the Foundation, is usually at the Visitor Center on Saturdays and if you display a knowledgeable interest in an item you very well might get to see it up close and personal. At the very least you will be rewarded with fine discussion from a skilled teacher. Phone: 609-737-9303

The Original Johnson Ferry house is open Wednesday thru Sunday and has been restored and furnished much as it would have been when Washington and his officers visited during the three crossings made prior to and after the Battle of Trenton. Curator Nancy Ceperly is a wealth of knowledge about the Johnsons, the crossings, and the 18th Century garden she tends behind the house. Phone: 609-737-2515

NOTE: Oak wheelbarrow built for Nancy by the Living History Shop.

SMOKE & FIRE NEWS

Smoke & Fire News is a worthwhile publication for those interested in living history interpretation. Editor Lee Larkin is also a Master Horner.

He stopped by the Living History Shop tent during Ft. Frederick Market Fair. In the photo below, Lee (left) and Richard Toone discuss how the Spring Pole Lathe could be adapted to turn butt plugs for powder horns.

FIELD EQUIPAGE

In the 18th century, travelling under canvas on military campaign, or while relocating, did not require sleeping on the ground, for those with proper means.

For all but the poorest, comfort was a primary concern, and their field equipage was of a fashion to match their station. Clergy, merchants, military officers, surveyors, lawyers, and plantation owners would all have had elaborate traveling furnishings plus servants to attend to their needs and comfort. It is toward this end that the Living History Shop offers the necessities of life as it was then.

We invite variation and new projects within our time period (1750-1790). Custom orders invited for other documented 18th Century items.

R & R TOONE | FIELD EQUIPAGE

Have a look at my museum-quality reproduction travel furnishings from 1740-1790. Including folding beds, chests, tables, chairs, wheelbarrows and all manner of accessories. I have been dedicated to meeting the needs of museums, historical sites, and officers in the field.
Until further notice, I will not be taking any new orders due to an extended illness.
However, I will be attending some history venues and demonstrating horn making on the spring pole lathe.

PORTRAITS

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Please call with your questions or orders. We enjoy complex or challenging research and build opportunities.

Richard & Regina Toone
18 Tower Drive
Columbus, NJ 08022
PHONE (609) 261-3415

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