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  1. Queen Mary says:

    Hi! This is great! What an amazing amount of historical knowledge put onto a page! You guys are awesome 😀

    Just wondering…What’s the babe’s position onboard?

  2. Michael J. Grillo says:

    I’m a Member of the Royal Welch Fusiliers in America 1775-83,
    The Royals, 1st Regiment of Foot( 7 years war)
    The Royal Sussex Victorian.

    I also Portray Lord Admiral Richard Howe, General Sir William Howe and Genral Washington.

    I am Museum Educator at the Van Cortlandt House Museum in NYC.
    nice site.

    • Dave says:

      Good day Mr Grillo!

      I am very happy you enjoyed our site, and it is very good to hear such nice comments from a fellow reenactor.

      Thank you, and kind regards,

  3. Michael says:


    Impressive nice website and very nice costume’s! i like the detail… BUT i have some questions if you would like to anwser.. (I have a (almost) pervect costume of a British 1st lieutenant 1821)

    1. Were can you get the buttons on the costumes?
    2. were do you get the belt? you said it on one of your movies but i cant understand it..

    I realy love what your dowing!
    I would like to hear from you.

    Sorry voor sucky english im from holland and… im a dislect so sorry for that.


  4. Dave says:

    Hallo Michael!

    I’m Dave, thank you very much for your comments! Your English is very good and nearly perfect!

    It’s an especial pleasure to have your comment, as I myself am half-Dutch. My mother, and Man the Capstan’s tailor Johanna immigrated from the Netherlands in the 50s. Her family is from Groningen. I am afraid I can’t speak very much Dutch, though I did take some German in University. Aangenaam kennis te maken.

    I’m very excited about your costume, and would love to see some pictures of it when it is complete!

    Allow me to answer your questions.

    1. We got the buttons for all of our uniforms from a website called eBay. The website for the Netherlands branch of ebay is, but I have found success by using a number of different ones (,, The buttons we purchased are authentic Royal Navy buttons that were used in the 50s, and worn by a Chief Petty Officer. We were extremely fortunate in finding them.

    Here’s an example of an eBay listing that might interest you: R.N. Buttons

    2. The belt we also got from eBay, from a U.K. store called “Military Matters”. The belt is an authentic Royal Navy belt that is actually used by members of the R.N. today. It’s one of the expensive purchases we’ve made. Link here: R.N. Belt

    I hope this answers your questions! If you have any more, don’t hesitate to contact us at

    Tot ziens!

    • Michael says:


      I found my belt on ebay! thanks for your help!
      sorry that i reply now if been bizzy.

      Still looking for the right buttons if seen many but there all with the queens crown and im looking for ones with the kings crown (like my belt and sword.)

      The hat for the costume is in the makeing so it is nearly finished.


      • Johanna says:

        Hello Micheal

        Here is a site where you can find all sorts of reproduction military buttons. They are very nice and quite authentic looking. A little pricey but probably worth it. You will likely need between 24 and 30 buttons to do a Royal Navy Captain’s coat.

        Thank you for your message.

  5. Michael says:


    My name is Michael, We have talked before about my constume… you know the dutch guy….

    I was looking for buttons and a belt for my costume… witch i found on ebay like you said.
    Well im just contacting you to show you what my costume looks like today… its not finished yet (i still have to attach the new buttons and i still dont have a hat)

    i would like to know what you think of my costume.
    Ones again im sorry that my english hase not improved

    Michael Angel

    I hope you can view these links…

    • Johanna says:

      Hello Michael!

      First off, sorry for the delay in replying. We’ve been busy renovating but we have had every intention of replying.

      Wonderful pictures! You are a skill tailor, it seems! The uniform looks absolutely spectacular, and we can’t wait to see how it looks with the new buttons. Our hats are off to you, sir. We look forward to a shot of the finished product.

      Thank you for keeping us updated on the progress of your project. It’s good to hear from you.

      Kindest regards,
      Your friends at Man the Capstan

  6. Am not sure of your future plans, but if fine-tuning is on the agenda, you may enjoy taking a look at :

    E.g., A BRITISH sword of the Napoleonic period:
    British naval officers sword
    NW-065 €185,00

    — Mike Cassidy

  7. I was wondering if you take commission work? I am very interested in the Major’s Uniform from the Hornblower Series that you have crafted. I am not as particular about the historical accuracy in buttons and trimmings as I am the coat itself. Please let me know if you might be interested in something like this and the costs of having the shell coat made.
    Mister Alighieri

    • Johanna says:

      Thank you for your interest in my work! 🙂 I will sometimes take on commissions. The uniforms are very labour intensive and costly however. Depending on the fabrics used the Major’s Uniform will run upwards of $3000.00 CAD.

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