Now that's "living history". I know that the Ordnance Manual had formulas for various colors beyond the olive for the wood parts - including black for the iron parts. If I recall correctly, Gibbon's only concern about paints and "lackers" was keeping them off the tubes.The army had a very exact formula for mixing the print for gun carriages, limbers, caissons, & traveling forged. When the paint is fresh, it is an unattractive yellow green. With time, the paint matures into an olive green. With the effects of sun, wind & water, the color matures into a deep grayish green.
At Stones River NB, the original formulation was followed during routine maintenance of the living history artillery carriages & limbers. The initial shade was a bit off putting, smelt terrible & took forever to dry. Sometimes historical accuracy comes at a price. One extra treat was that any rags soaked with linseed oil could spontaneously combust. (I know someone who left a linseed oil soaked rag in a jacket pocket where it began to smolder as he was driving home.)
The battery wagon carried the raw pigments necessary to mix with linseed oil at need.
NICE PLAYROOM! AND SUPER NICE TOYS! FWIW the Alamo is having a full scale repro of the famous 18 pounder built. Don't know who will do it. There will be a special display area. I'd love to see permanent exibit showing chain shot, cannister and the correct tools. They still have some of the original artillery recovered from the battle exhibited but no carriages. This is LOOOONNNNGGGG OVER DUE! But thanks to Phil Collins of Genesis it's happeningCarriages were painted in an OD color. I paint all of mine with the exact color that was used during the CW.
On the grease, tar as it was called and was used as a lubricant for the carriage axles and projectile shots. Hogs’ lard or tallow was usually used, with actual tar mixed in to keep the grease from melting during long marches and hot weather.
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The hubs are oak but no bearings.That is how some farm equipment, such as disc harrow axles were made as late as the mid twentieth century - metal axle, wood bearing. Also some bearings used in ships were/or are made of wood, a very hard wood, such as lignum vitae.
When I say "bearing", I guess I really mean "bushing" or a bearing surface (remember babbit?) like a crankshaft bearing in an engine. Anyhow, some of the old farm disc harrows had a metal axle riding in a wooden hub, with grease, much the same as you described. This wood was extremely hard.The hubs are oak but no bearings.
Give us the ingredients for posterity!I came across the gentleman at a paint store that assisted the Gettysburg National Park Service come up with the correct green as dictated by the period Army Ordnance Manuals, both the ones for the Union as well as the updated one by the same gentlemen that ended up labeled as Confederate use. The correct period ingredients, according to him, were discovered in the back of a warehouse. Prior to their experiments the "green" commonly used was yellowish/brownish due to modern versions of the specified ingredients. The experiment with correct period ingredients revealed a true green that was not yellowish or brownish. My Traveling Forge is painted the exact color of what the Park Service is now using in Gettysburg, using the same machine mixing instructions.
The below photo shows differences in "army green". Using a flash on the camera tends to lighten the appearance of the colors.
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Give us the ingredients for posterity!
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