Mountain men hand covering

Discussion in 'General Figure Talk' started by bagelman1952, Sep 23, 2013.

  1. bagelman1952 Well-Known Member

    Country:
    England
    I am looking for guidance on the style of glove/mitt that an old mountain man would have worn. I have tried the google route but have had no success. (perhaps using the wrong search terms) I really want to know if it is likely that a mitt with a split trigger finger would have been likely and if so what material this would have been. Any help greatly appreciated.
  2. Steve Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    I have never seen trigger finger mitts on a mountain man. While there are naturally no rules about it, the most frequent representation of hand coverings I have seen illustrated is gauntlet-style mittens made of wool. Look at the art of Frank McCarthy or Tom Lovell.
  3. Helm A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    According to Mrs Helm ( a long time Re-enactor and powder rifle shooter) it would have been a simple mitten or in a lot of cases a simple hand wrap as those are the easiest to fabricate
    Steve
  4. Richie A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Hi Ken,
    Any use? Looks like they are made from fur? May be some one else will chip in.
    cheers
    Richie
    mountain man.jpg mountain man1.jpg
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  5. billyturnip A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Ken, I'm no expert but try Googling Native American/Indian Mittens.

    Roger.
  6. Helm A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Quoting my authoritative source again :cautious: Probably bear, beaver or deer hide would be used
    Steve
  7. bagelman1952 Well-Known Member

    Country:
    England
    Thanks guys and Mrs Helm. I am doing Dolman Miniatures Mountain Man bust and it is a very good casting with the exception of the hands. There is some minor engraving which suggests gloves but this is minimal and is almost like light cotton opera gloves which do not suit. The joining area of hands to the arms also leaves something to be desired. I either have to try and engrave finger details or I was hoping I could go for some sort of mitt made from magic sculpt which would help blend the hands into the sleeves of the shirt. However, as the figure is firing the musket I was hoping somebody might be able to confirm a mitt with a separate firing finger would have been a possibility. Oh well, keep looking for a bit and then decide.
  8. bagelman1952 Well-Known Member

    Country:
    England
    Still open to suggestions
  9. Helm A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    I'm sure that nobody (well apart from the usual suspects :rolleyes: ) could categorically state that no mountain man ever in the entire history of the period did or did not have mittens like that I'd go with what ever you want after all they were famed for being individuals apart from the common herd, if all else fails you can go with the wraps (y)
    Steve
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  10. Helm A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    I'm sure that nobody (well apart from the usual suspects :rolleyes: ) could categorically state that no mountain man ever in the entire history of the period did or did not have mittens like that I'd go with what ever you want after all they were famed for being individuals apart from the common herd, if all else fails you can go with the wraps (y)
    Steve
  11. Richie A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Hi Ken,
    I suppose a mountain man of the 1800's would manufacture a lot of his own clothing and equipment so why not make a custom set of mittens in fur based on this!
    cheers
    Richie
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  12. Ron Tamburrini A Fixture

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    United-Kingdom
  13. Sturm Grenadier Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    MountainMan18201840Period-l21315316_1.jpg Hello Ken, Try this on google: (images of original mountain man paintings) There are hundreds of paintings and photos of mountain men wearing all types of mittens and gloves. You may find something that fits your needs. Regards, SG:)
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  14. AJLaFleche Active Member

    From THE MOUNTAIN MEN by George Laycock (Copyright 1988) : [IMG]
  15. bagelman1952 Well-Known Member

    Country:
    England
    AJ you are a star, that is just the confirmation I need. Thank you very much
  16. ChaosCossack A Fixture

    Country:
    Canada
    I can say, having a good number of native friends and working in Northern Quecec near Hudson's Bay, that most traditional handwear for winter are made from animal hide, usually deer, bear or moose (utility), wolf or fox (more decorative). They would be built with the hide out and fur on the inside. They could be mittens or mittens with trigger finger and almost always had long gauntlets. There may be decorative bead, quill or paintwork.

    If you can wait a day or two, my close friend has a pair of moose hide gauntlets with some beautiful beadwork on them... I can take a couple of pics of them and post them in this thread. A really nice example of handmade native mitts from the reservation on Manitoulan Island in Northern Ontario.

    Colin
  17. ChaosCossack A Fixture

    Country:
    Canada
    PS the above mentioned mitts are proven toasty warm in -50C weather while snowshoeing.

    Colin
  18. bagelman1952 Well-Known Member

    Country:
    England
    I can wait Colin, pictures would be great. Thanks

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