Brush and Prick (Pick)

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Greg Renault
Forum Rifleman
Greg Renault
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Joined: June 23rd, 2010, 2:37 am

August 2nd, 2016, 6:07 pm #11

The discussion in this thread--particularly the Hamilton-Smith and Genty images, the 56th SO, and the lack of alternative images--strongly suggest to me that buff leather straps were the norm (at least among line units).  The group I belong to wears the red rag, and accordingly has decided to move from chain to leather attachment for the brush and pricker.  Pic of my new one below.

Greg Renault
A soldier should be as attached to, and careful of, his musket, as his mistress. (G.O. 31st December 1788, Bombay Army)
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Ben Townsend
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Ben Townsend
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Joined: November 19th, 2007, 9:35 pm

August 3rd, 2016, 8:10 am #12

Contrary to popular belief, necessaries were regulated and supposed to follow pattern. As such, we ought to aim for greater uniformity in this item in the 2/95th. This is not so imperative for items like the turnscrew which are less on display, but the pick and wisk are very much so, and as such ought to be uniform. Like everything in or on you, you should consult MC before replacing or changing to avoid purchase mistakes!

Either we all have the same chain version, or the same buff version. Lets hear any more evidence to hand, before deciding.

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havercakelad
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Joined: April 20th, 2008, 10:59 pm

July 7th, 2017, 8:12 pm #13

http://www.britishempire.co.uk/forces/a ... tpayne.htm
This self portrait seems to show a brass chain used for the brush and prick.
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Paul Durrant
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Joined: June 4th, 2007, 8:42 pm

March 3rd, 2018, 2:26 pm #14

1768
Bennett Cuthbertson,
A System for the Compleat Interior Management and Oeconomy [sic] of a Battalion of Infantry, Dublin.
(There was also and edition of 1776)

CHAPTER XIII
Of the arms and accoutrements, and the methods for always keeping them in the best condition

Article XXXI
“A picker being often useful to a soldier, for cleaning the touch-hole of his firelock, in the firings, one of strong wire should be fixed, by a small chain, to the edge of his pouch-belt, under the front buckle, and as close to the pouch as possible, but never to hang it in view, as it might be troublesome, in raising the flaps of the pouch, to take out the cartridge."

As taken from: British Military Uniforms, 1768-1796, Hew Strachan, Arms & Armour Press 1975, p158
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