Bell tents: how to buy and make them

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Re: White Bell Tents

Postby Dixie » 30 Jun 2011 09:36

This is the tent we purchased for the Queen's Regiment displays, and I must say it has been exceptional. The canvas is thicker than normal, (400gsm cotton instead of 280gsm). We camped in it at the weekend, and over 3 days we had heavy rain, violent wind, and blazing sunshine. The tent stood up to all admirably and was extremely comfortable.

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If you do decide to go for one, PM me and I will let you know some details for curtaining off the interior, so you can hide modern stuff and still have a Victorian display at the front.

http://www.canvastentshop.co.uk/canvas-tents/4-metre-canvas-bushcraft-bell-tent/prod_24.html
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Re: White Bell Tents

Postby QSVC » 07 Jul 2011 07:19

Hello,

I'd be interested in the divider you mention, always a problem so it'd be useful to find a way around it instead of lacing the tent up...

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Re: White Bell Tents

Postby Bazzaboy » 07 Jul 2011 12:23

Thanks folks, for those who have been so kind to answer my post......looks like i had better start saving my pennies for one ( now know where to look and how much??).
watch this space..... :D .

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Re: White Bell Tents

Postby Gary Aardahl » 17 Jul 2011 18:27

Hello and sorry for not responding sooner. I haven't logged on for a bit and saw this thread on Bell Tents. Bazzaboy, where are you located: UK, US, Commonwealth? There is another US maker that as far as I can tell offers a very good and correct-looking version, complete with the ventilators as an option. Unfortunately I've not had a chance to see one first hand, but I own an 18th century round end Marquee of theirs as well as a wedge tent. Their quality of construction is fantastic and they are open to custom requests. If you're not inthe US shipping of course will be an expensive addition to the cost. I hope this is of help. Please post any future developments! Best of luck on the project, Gary
http://tentsmiths.com/period-tents-conical-tents.html and their home page shows WWI/II versions in Khaki http://tentsmiths.com/
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Re: Bell tents: how to buy and make them

Postby BobsYourUncle » 26 Jul 2011 03:11

I heartily endorse the Bell tents made by Tentsmiths. Our reenacting group uses five of their Khaki Bell Tents in our WWII impression, I am in the process of ordering a white one for my Boer War and earlier impressions. The quality is outstanding, and the proportions are correct. Their tents are not cheap, but the quality is first rate and can't be beat.
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Re: Bell tents: how to buy and make them

Postby Bazzaboy » 23 Aug 2011 17:18

Gary ,
I am located in the UK....in Gods country that we call Wales :D ....I have began saving my pennies for a bell tent.....thanks to all those who have responded to my questions.....
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