Dell’s Leather Works


Spade Sling

“Spade sling - To be made of stout harness leather, oak tanned.  The case, 11" high and 9" broad at top and 8" at bottom, filled at the sides and bottom to make them 1/4" thick at top and 1/8" thick at bottom.  Sewn all around with 147 stitches or securely fastened with copper rivets with 2 leather straps sewn on top, 3/4" wide and 8 1/4" long with 24 stitches each and with 4 holes each punched at equal distances to receive tongue of buckle.  A 1" roller buckle and loop for each strap sewn on opposite sides, at top of case with 20 stitches each. Carrying strap to be made of bridle leather, 1 1/4" wide and 4' 10" long, in 2 pieces, short piece, 13" long, with a 1 1/2" roller buckle and loop, sewn on with 30 stitches, and have an apron or lining of leather under the buckle, 3" long, and 2 1/2" wide at upper end, tapering gradually to 1 3/4" at lower end, the other piece, 3' 9" long, with 10 holes punched at equal distance, to receive the tongue of buckle, both pieces to be strongly sewn onto the inner flap of the case, with 34 stitches each, or else securely fastened with copper rivets, and slanting slightly towards the long piece of the carrying strap to have a small leather strap, 9 1/2" long and 3/4" wide, with a 1" roller buckle and loop, sewn on at a distance of 16" from the top of the case, with 14 stitches, and having 3 holes punched to receive the tongue of the buckle, to hold the handle of the spade.”

  1. Quartermaster's Manual, Prepared by James McElhinney , National Regiment Staff Engineer 1996 CIVIL WAR PIONEERS "

  2. A Reenactor's Notebook, Duties, Organization and Equipage of Infantry Pioneers compiled for use in Living History and Reenacting

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