LARGE IRON TRIPOD FOR SIBLEY TENT

$950.00

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Item Code: 1000-896

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This rare item is a sturdy iron tripod made to support the center pole in a Civil War era Sibley tent. Three iron legs measuring approximately 52” long are pinned into a cast iron “cup”.  The central pole that supported the whole tent fit into this “cup”.  This tripod device was designed to hold the bottom of the tent pole to allow a place for the cone-shaped iron stove that was used in this style of tent in the cold months. An iron pot hook hangs from the “cup”.  This was recovered in Virginia and all iron surfaces are typically pitted but iron remains solid and stable.

The Sibley tent was invented by Henry Sibley and patented in 1856. Of conical design, it stood about 12 feet tall and 18 feet in diameter.  It was supposed to comfortably house about a dozen soldiers.  The Sibley tent was supported by a central pole that telescoped down into the supporting tripod so that it took less space to pack and store. The tripod could be erected over a firepit for cooking and heat. The Sibley design also required no guy ropes, being held down by twenty-four pegs around the base. Also, a cowl over the top of the central pole allowed for ventilation and for the escape of smoke, regardless of wind direction.   [jet]

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