As the Civil War Sutler run by Lisa & Geoff we have been re-enacting for well over twenty years, Lisa started out as a Vivandiere in the 28th Massachusetts back in the 90s and I worked my way through the ranks becoming a lieutenant in the same regiment, in our time we always had trouble in obtaining some of the equipment and the quirky items so unless you went the Americas it was going to be unobtainable especially in the early days.
Lisa had started out by selling a few handmade shirts and sewing buttons on etc for soldiers as a Vivandiere did back in the day outside the A- frame tent in the street.
Around 2005 the Civil War Sutler was born and in 2012 we become Registered Firearms Dealers for Section 1 & 2, then we grew into what we are today, making lots of contacts with historical collectors and museums in the states using originals to copy from making uniforms and equipment, eventually suppling stage and film work like the C.W film Cooper Head, the BBC Little Women, Professor and the Madman as well as suppling Ardman studios and Indigo films in the U.S.S Constellation fight for freedom and many more I cannot think of.
For the most part this has been an exciting journey for us making friends and acquaintances all over the world.
For the most part it was making 19thc clothing to fit some one in the 21st c and getting over 150 years of man’s evolution.