| The historical musical instruments listed below can be used by reenactors
for living history or by museums and other institutions for history displays and other
Rope Tension Drums
A selection of historical American Civil War rope tension drums
(snare drums and bass drums),
drum sticks, beaters and drum accessories are shown.
We offer a selection of historical fifes in 6 and 10 hole styles,
some come in both one or two piece construction. They are made from a variety
of woods, including: Rosewood, Cocobolo, Grenadilla or Persimmon. There
is also a beginners instructional fife made from plastic that comes with an instruction book, music and
We have a variety of bugles available, including the
U.S. Civil War Infantry Bugle, U.S. Civil War Cavalry Bugle, C.S. Civil War
Bugle and U.S. Indian Wars Cavalry Bugle / Trumpet.
These harmonicas are either authentic reproductions or have not changed
since the earliest time period listed. They may date back further than we currently
have them dated, but the date listed is the earliest date we have documented.
M1896 Marine Band
| Diatonic Single Reed Models
(1896 on, Possibly earlier): These include some of the most popular harmonicas and
are used in Blues, Folk, Country, and Rock. All feature reeds which are tuned to
produce the natural notes of the scale without any additional sharps and flats.
Most are ten hole instruments with the four middle holes comprising a complete
eight note octave, and the holes an either side extending the scale and
permitting chord playing. These models are capable of producing the expressive
effects of bending and over-blowing.
Big River Model
Tremolo Echo 64
| Tremolo Harmonica (turn of the 19th Century (1800s) on): Tremolo harmonicas are
Diatonic models constructed with double holes, each containing two reeds tuned to
the same note, one tuned slightly higher than the other. Since both reeds are either
blow or draw, when played both will sound together�the slight difference in tuning
creating a beautiful vibrating or tremolo effect. Tremolo models are popular for
ballads and gospel music, as well as for Latin, Asian, European and other
international folk styles.
Big River Model
| Chromatica (1920's on. Possibly earlier): These models incorporate the
full chromatic scale and allow the player to play in any key using one harmonica.
Chromatic models provide the complete 12 note octave with all sharps and flats. Each
hole contains four reeds: two are for natural notes and two for chromatic notes. The
reeds for chromatic notes are brought into operation by pushing a slide button on the
side of the harmonica. This closes off the air flow from one set or reeds and permits
the other set to vibrate freely. The preferred instrument for Jazz and Classical,
chromatic harmonicas are also used for Blues and Popular Music.
Violins, Violas, Cellos, Mandolins, Banjos, etc.
We have a selection of stringed instruments, but have
not verified them for authenticity for any historic periods. At this time I can not list how early they could be used or how they could be modified for use.
I do know that many of the would require little modification to make the
authentically correct for the 19th century (1800s). As soon as I get the time I will verify the usable period and any necessary modifications that
should / could be done.
We are currently also looking for a sources
of 19th Century (1800s) authentic stringed instruments.
Trumpets, Trombones, Tubas, etc.
We are currently looking for a source for 19th Century (1800s) over-the-shoulder
Harpsichords, Spinets, Clavichords and Virginals
information about a web site that offers
Harpsichords, Spinets, Clavichords and Virginals.
The Hohner concertina is available on our musical
Other Historical Musical Instruments
Jaw Harps, Tin Whistles, etc.
We have a variety of other historical instruments
available that can be used for the American Civil War, Victorian, Indian War,
Old West, Edwardian and other periods of United States history.
| Our reproduction Victorian, American Civil War (US / Union, CS / Confederate), Indian War, Old West and Edwardian uniforms,
civilian clothing (wardrobe) and equipment (accouterments, saddles and tack, camps equipment, etc) has been seen in historical films and period pieces, such as: Glory; North and
South, Book II; Back to the Future III; Far and Away, etc. And in television projects, such as: Ironclads, Geronimo (TNT), Buffalo Soldiers, Blind Justice, Los Locos, Young Riders
and others. Theatre companies also use our items for stage productions, while schools, teachers and museums use them as learning aids.|