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OUR WARES

EDIBLES:

GRAINS & SEEDS
CEREALS & MEALS
FLOURS
MIXES
OIL
HERBS & SPICES
TEA
COFFEE
SALT
SWEETS
DRIED FRUIT
DRIED MEAT

EDIBLE RESEARCH

BREAD-CAKE

BLUE-PARCHED-CORN

COOKING-BULK

DRINKS

FOOD

FOOD-PRODUCTS

FUR TRADE QUARTERLIES

MEAT

RECIPES

SNACKS

SOUPS

SPICES

SWEETS

WILD-EDIBLES

 

CAMP EQUIPAGE

CAMP-KITS

MEASURED-AMOUNTS

 

MISC. INFORMATION

PACKAGING

YARD-GOODS-TERMS

MEDICINE

TOBACCO

ALTITUDE

BAD-WEATHER

 

CAMP BLANKET

PA  GAZETTE

AMERICAN GARDENER

THOMAS JEFFERSON'S FARM BOOK

THOMAS JEFFERSON'S GARDEN BOOK

QUOTES

 

UNDER CONSTRUCTION

 

HISTORICAL RESEARCH

POINT BLANKETS

BUCK'S BASE CAMP

FUR TRADE BOOKS

NORTH AMERICAN FRONTIERSMEN

SITTING FOX AGENCY

 

 

SOURCES

UNDER CONSTRUCTION

 

 

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NOTICE OF NAME CHANGES

From the original copyrighted business "Buckhorn Rendezvous" (material & art work rights retained) was the start of "Clark & Sons Mercantile" opened 1995 until its sale in 2000. 

"Clark & Sons Mercantile" closed in 2003 by new owner do to health issues. This was a wonderful period correct business that has left a void in the search for correct edibles.


 

A new source site "Clark & Sons Emporium" will be just a source for your edible research, of what has been found in libraries, Internet and at different museums across this land.

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Phila. ~ St. Louis ~ Trade West

PERIOD EDIBLES, CULTIVATED & FORGED.

* CATALOGUE #4*

(Year 1986 catalog shown)

For sale, period edibles, herbs, & field crops cultivated & foraged, camp goods, personal items, guns, & much more. Over 100 documented items pertaining to edibles & camp life found in the settlements & on the frontier. 

$ 3.00 postage included.

 

Soon to be announced 2006 several more firms will have period correct edibles available on the Internet as well as the various events around the country for your convenience.

When these additional firms are supplied they will be listed for your viewing reference.

Now handling edibles:

Longhunter Leather Company

Blue Heron Mercantile

 

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GENERAL WASHINGTON'S MILITARY KITCHEN

Shown below is information on a military "mess kit" once owned and used by General George Washington.  A set-up like this was not uncommon to European Officers, but unusual to the American Forces. A small 44 page booklet titled "General Washington's Military Equipment" [Mount Vernon, 1963], p.20 says: "His [GW's] military equipage grew gradually as the war dragged on. In April 1776 Benjamin Harbeson of Philadelphia provided a "mess kit" consisting of the following:

1 Nest of Camp Kettles
3 large Tin Canisters
1 doz. Oval tin dishes
2 doz. & 9 Tin plates

He [GW] added more plates and canisters the following month. Perhaps part of this order is in the chest of camp utensils preserved at the Smithsonian Institution (Fig.11)"
Fig.11 - Mess kit. Chest of wood covered with leather, lined with green wool. Interior divided into fourteen compartments and containing a tray with nine compartments. Equipped with the following:
4 tin pots with detachable wooden handles
6 tin plates, 3 tin platters
2 knives and 4 forks with black handles
1 gridiron with collapsible legs
2 tinder boxes
8 glass bottles with cork stoppers
2 glass bottles for pepper
2 salt with pewter tops

 

On page 104 of the coffee table book "The National Museum of American History, A Smithsonian Museum" there is a photograph of a field mess chest attributed to George Washington, possibly the same kitchen mess referred to. It contains tin plates, platters, utensils, and a tankard. There is a similar "mess kit" at the Valley Forge Historical Society at the National Park in Pennsylvania, planned for display in early 2000. The "mess kit" in question is tin of a high quality that has turned dark with age, not pewtered [tin-lead alloy] as has been suggested by others.

Smithsonian Museum Information.

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INFORMATION OF INTEREST

The few items described below is to give you a small taste of what was being sent from the East to the new frontier, by our citizens and citizens from other lands.  Edibles were big business as were all the other needed supplies.

This information is from many issues of the Museum of the Fur Trade micro-film at St. Louis museums and several other Fur Trade sources, and are found many references from 1803, 1822, 1825,1826, 1832, 1834, 1835, 1837 and 1839 as to a number of the items available.

The first listings are just a small sampling of "Supply Invoices" from 1822, 1825, 1835.

The second items you will find are a sampling of remarks of from few historic persons of that era, and their thoughts about some edibles.

The third is a sampling of some information on field seeds, vegetables, herbs and apples, together with a little history on the more popular ones.

Looking over this information, and considering the amount of trade that was going on out of St.Louis, it is a pretty slim inventory for a variety of edibles when you consider what was actually available during those years.

1835

Invoice of merchandise shipped on the Steam Boat Diana, C.A. Halstead Master, bound for the Upper Missouri River and Consigned to Messr Laidlaw and Lamont for the account and risk of the Upper Missouri Outfit, 1835.

U.M.O. Pierre
4 boxes Y.H. tea 5 loaves ( ? ) sugar
2 boxes shaving soap 4 boxes com soap
1 barrel rice 4 bales oakum
2 barrels water crackers 2 barrels each navy pilot bread
1/2 barrels molasses Keg 50 15 gls 1 hlf barrel mackreal
? bottle pepper sauce 2 boxes raisins
2 boxes cod fish 1 Lexington mustard
2 lb refined borax 1/2 dz. lime juice
2 oz nut megs 2 oz cloves
1/2 dz. ground ginger 1 gal blue grass seed (for a Factor)
7 kegs 6 twist to pound tobacco
2 kegs 2 twist to pound tobacco
1 keg 1 twist to pound tobacco 5 kegs 8 twist to pound tobacco
7 boxes brown Havana sugar 5 sacks Grod Al Salt 1 box cavandish tobacco 10 barrel pork
6 bags coffee 1 barrel bacon hams
40 barrels flour

1825

Inventory of Goods available at the 1825 Rendezvous on Henry's Fork of the Green River, from Wm. Ashley's diary:

2 bags coffee 1 hams goods
2 Tobacco 2 packs sugar
2.5 kegs tea
Tobacco 150lbs.
3 Bags coffee 200 lbs.
130 lbs Bale & Bag Sugar

 

1825

Inventory of Goods available at the 1825 Rendezvous on Henry's Fork of the Green River, from Wm. Ashley's diary:

2 bags coffee 1 hams goods
2 Tobacco 2 packs sugar
2.5 kegs tea
Tobacco 150lbs.
3 Bags coffee 200 lbs.
130 lbs Bale & Bag Sugar

 

As additional research or information sources become available we keep you informed.

 

Thank you for stopping we hope to see you again. 

 

 

 


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