18th Century Black Ball
18th Century Black Ball

18th Century Black Ball

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Produced using the recipe of Reverend Charles Beatty, from the 1760s, this black ball is produced using nothing but documented materials and methods to deliver one of the most accurate and useful period leather treatments available. While others may cheat and use modern dyes and polishes in their blend, this black ball is produced using tallow, bone char and bee's wax, nothing more, nothing less and in proportions noted by Reverend Beatty, himself.

As compared to recipes making use of lamp black, dyes, or other such treatments, this black ball recipe is easy to clean off your hands and clothing, using warm water, soap and elbow grease, while providing a period correct finish and protection to your blackened leather products. Used for shoes, belting and gaiters/spats, this substance is worked onto a cloth and then worked into the leather to a polish, or a finish until it no longer comes off the item and then allowed to dry.

As with other period recipes, this is not a perfect shoe polish and is not intended to reproduce modern quality, or to provide complete water protection, but to give an accurate finish, using period materials, as found in the 17th to the 19th centuries. This batch comes in 1.8oz (dry measurement) balls and wrapped in a manner suitable for use in historical reenactments. From the English Civil War and American Revolution to the War of 1812 and American Civil War, this is a leather (and on occasion for belly boxes, a wood) treatment that has lasted centuries.

All items are sold as is and are produced on a per order basis; each work is a custom piece and reproduced (where applicable) by hand and using period materials as close as possible to the original materials used in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. All items may be subject to a delay and currently each item will require one to two weeks to produce and ship from our workshop, unless otherwise noted.

This item is made to order and will be ready in less than two to three weeks (usually sooner) from the order date.

All bespoke modern and historical clothing and items are dependent upon the measurements provided by you, the buyer and we cannot take responsibility for mishitting items as a result of improperly provided measurements and associated requirements. Custom fitting appointments are available in person and virtually, for those who require them and where applicable; please contact us as to arrange such an appointment.

Please contact us for special requests, specific items that you might have in mind and other such requirements that we might be able to assist you with. All items are sold as is and subject to the returns and exchange policies noted for this shop; please see all policies.