Dell’s Leather Works


Pioneer Pick-Axe Sling

“To be made of oak tanned stout sole or harness leather, strongly sewed, or copper riveted. Length of bottom, 2 feet 3 inches, 3-1/2 inches wide in the middle, 2-1/4 inches wide at hoe and, left open, and 1 inch wide at pick end, closed up length of middle, from bottom to top of ear, 5-1/4 inches, at hoe end, 1-1/4 inches, and at pick end 1 inch wide and deep, enough to cover completely the pick-axe; 1 strap 3/4 inch wide and 9 inches long, with a 1 inch roller buckle and loop, sewn on 1/2 inch from hoe end; another strap 7-1/4 inches long and 3/4 inch wide, sewn on 1/2 inch from middle of sling case, with a 1 inch roller buckle and loop, to secure the open end of sling case.  The sling or carrying strap 1-1/4 inch wide, 5 feet 1 inch long, including a 1-1/2 inch roller buckle with loop, and an apron or lining of leather under the buckle 3 inches long and 2-1/2 inches wide at top, tapering gradually to 1-3/4 inches at bottom.  Sewed with 30 stitches; one end of carrying strap sewed with 32 stitches on the center of one of the ears of the sling case, and the other end strongly sewn with 24 stitches to the open side of the hoe end of sling case, 7-1/2 inches from the end, both on the same side; a circle loop of leather, 1 inch wide and 2 inches in diameter, to hold the pick-axe handle, securely sewed with 12 stitches at a distance of 14 inches from top of sling case; holes of proper size and distance to be punched throughout all the straps to receive the tongues of the buckles.”

  1. Civil War Pioneers, A reenactors notebook by James McElhinney, National Regiment Staff Engineer, page 37 & 38.
  2. Prints provided by Commander Robt. W. James, 1st Battalion, 1st New York Volunteer Engineers, Member - Company of Military Historians.

     

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