Here you will find the Musings of two generations of owners of the Fgawee Corporation. Nancy and Art Ayotte founders in 1983. Now the new guard Jennifer and Alex Ayotte.

 

Got your Medallion?

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Are you looking for an Event Medallion, maybe a club pin or award? You need not look any further. Fugawees Medallion page has been re-made for the better I’m hoping. If you’re looking to make an event extra memorable, this … Read More

Early Buttons and Paint?

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What a month! Apologies to have been so quiet, but we had our hands full. We have been doing some research behind the scenes to bring more information to our buttons. In doing so, we have come across a lot … Read More

Wet morning or a rainy day?

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Wet morning or a rainy day? Mink Oil is fine, but there are more aggressive products Available. NeverWet by Rust-Oleum I haven’t tried it yet, but I have never been disappointed by a Rust-oleum product. Huberds shoe grease https://www.huberds.com/ this … Read More

Hessian boots research notes

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The colonists were first introduced to the Hessian mercenaries on the 15th of August 1776 on Statin Island in the colony of New York. Their first battle was coming up. Their first engagement was the battle for Long Island also … Read More

Close out, 99 dollars

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We are closing out the Betsy and the Sally their nice shoes but time to make something different when they’re gone there gone.  

Hobnails and Heel plates, my encounters

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I remember my first pair of concords in the early 1990s. I was all dressed up and had on my first pair of our Concords. I was somewhere in rural Alabama, going to a Southeastern National Rendezvous. I stopped at … Read More

Sole me Sole

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The sole is the most forgotten part of the shoe, step on me, make me step into all kinds of stuff, wet or dry, cold or hot, the sole is the main reason you can wear a shoe.  But I … Read More

Digital Failings

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Our apologies to Fugawee Customers, and almost Customers for our old school ways. The new web site brought a bunch of things we have never used before and I really didn’t know much about. Over the last year, we have … Read More

The Deadly Dew

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The Deadly Dew Waking up after dawn listening to the birds and the sound of camp activities, clanking of cookware, smell of the first coffee that’s ready.  I open my eyes and see the dew on my tent.  I rub … Read More

The Deadly Dew

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The Deadly Dew Waking up after dawn listening to the birds and the sound of camp activities, clanking of cookware, smell of the first coffee that’s ready.  I open my eyes and see the dew on my tent.  I rub … Read More

Custom pewter work

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Custom Medallion Fugawee has been making event medallions for reenactors and events for over 30 years. These are a few of the hundreds of medallion designs that have been produced by Fugawee through the patience and skill of Nancy Ayotte. Her … Read More

Get your own Clothes

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In the Civil war, Officers were responsible for their own Uniforms and boots. Except for undergarments and only if they were unavailable for procuring by any other means. Then they could order some undergarments for themselves along with the troops. … Read More

Robert Rogers and the US Army Rangers

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My Brother Claude just retired after 25 years as a US Army Ranger. He is quite an individual, he served us our country risking life and limb. I know about 20% of what he did, all over the world. and … Read More

Perfectly Period

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We all do the best we can, but no one gets it perfect. Your eyeglasses, the watches folks forget to take off, the machine that sewed your clothes, the machines used to bore your rifle, the milled lumber for your … Read More

If your breast is above your top lift, are you a Heel? Heel Hight.

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How to measure heel height according to “The Complete Footwear Dictionary, second edition.” Heel height: the height, floor to the shank, is measured at the heel breast. The measure of heel height is from the breast (front) of the heel … Read More

Facts about Original Civil War Shoes

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Before the war, almost all army shoes were made at Susquehanna Arsenal.  The pieces were cut out in the arsenal and then “farmed out”  to independent workers who put them together in their homes on piecework basis  It was the … Read More

Brogans are also called Jefferson Bootees.

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Brogans are also called Jefferson Bootees. The Army used the term “Jefferson”. The reason goes back to Thomas Jefferson: During the French Revolution, large, fancy shoe buckles were considered the mark of the Aristocrats. Shortly, wearing any shoe buckles at … Read More

Water proofing boots and shoes

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Mink Oil is fine, but there are more aggressive products Available. NeverWet by Rust-Oleum I haven’t tried it yet, but I have never been disappointed by a Rust-oleum product. Huberds shoe grease https://www.huberds.com/ this is from coal country and coal … Read More

Dance shoes,with what you have.

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We get a request for dance shoes from time to time. I ran across an article from Jim’s Projects about an easy way to put some dance soles on a pair of shoes.  Hacking dance shoes

Alex’s path to his family business.

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Alex Ayotte current owner, Born in Miami FL. Early 60’s grew up in south Florida. Moved to Tallahassee Florida in 1980 with my family just after graduating High Schooll (thank you, Mom). We moved because of the cocaine wars.  Started … Read More

Hi-Low also called Startup, upstart, buskin or half-boot

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  Hi-Low Fugawee has received several inquiries about the authenticity of the Hi-Low also called Startup, upstart, buskin or half-boot.  They are all names for the same footwear, a boot not too different from the modern-day work boot.  I’m going … Read More

Coffee vs Teapot Spoutoff

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Teapots and coffee pots are very different. Teapots In Europe came in the early 1600’s.  Dutch traders brought it back from the orient and the method to brew it too.  The English upper class were enjoying tea by the 1660’s. … Read More

Colonial common rural man.

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By Art Ayotte    Fugawee has received several inquiries about the authenticity of the Hi-Low also called Startup, upstart, buskin or half-boot.  They are all names for the same footwear, a boot not too different from the modern-day work boot.  … Read More

Brogans and their link to Thomas Jefferson

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The Army used the term “Jefferson”. The reason goes back to Thomas Jefferson: During the French Revolution, large, fancy shoe buckles were considered the mark of the Aristocrats. Shortly, wearing any shoe buckles at all could cause your head to … Read More

EXTRACT OF COFFEE For the Army INSTANT COFFEE in The War Between the States By Art Ayotte (Fugawee Corp)

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EXTRACT OF COFFEE For the Army INSTANT COFFEE in The War Between the States By Art Ayotte (Fugawee Corp) 37th Congress Ex Doc., 2nd Session No. 16 letter of: THE SECRETARY OF WAR in answer to A resolution of the … Read More

Concord, Colonial shoe, Black Rough

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We named it the Concord in honor of  the heroes who left their homes and their wife-warm beds to gather at the Concord bridge and dare the British Empire to do its worst. The toe of the Concord is slightly … Read More

Rose, Civil War black ankle boot

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  Rose is a favorite on and off the re-enactment scene.  This a two elastic gusset ankle boot in soft black leather.  It has a smooth slightly rounded pointed toe, 1/4″ leather heel and a tab at the back to … Read More

The Victoria, Black smooth, ankle boot

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The Victoria is something new for the Civil War ladies. The moment you hold Victoria you will know that you have a quality shoe in your hand. Comfort, quality and authenticity are all brought by Victoria Victoria is a fully … Read More

Concord, Colonial Natural rough

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The Natural Concord is a good civilian shoe, It can be fastened with a tie or buckle.  If dyed it can really elevate the impression.  The Natural Concord only comes in rough-out leather. The Natural rough would darken as it … Read More

Metalware: Small cup, stainless steel

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These may look like the tin items that we are use to, but these will not corrode.  They are made of a non shiny stainless steel. The Coffee cup is spun with no seams on the bottom. The large cup is 4″ … Read More

Metalware: Large Cup, stainless steel 24 oz.

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These may look like the tin items that we are use to, but these will not corrode.  They are made of a non shiny stainless steel. The Coffee cup is spun with no seams on the bottom. The large cup is 4″ … Read More

Metalware: Large Colonial Coffee Pot, Stainless Steel

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These may look like the tin items that we are use to, but these will not corrode.  They are made of a non shiny stainless steel. The Large Colonial Coffee Pot is just over 9″ high and comes with a … Read More

Metalware, Colonial small Coffee Pot, Stainless Steel

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These may look like the tin items that we are use to, but these will not corrode.  They are made of a non shiny stainless steel. The small Colonial coffee pot holds 5 cups (40 oz) has a flat broad … Read More

Metalware: Cowboy Coffee Pot, Stainless Steel

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These may look like the tin items that we are use to, but these will not corrode.  They are made of a non shiny stainless steel. Cowboy coffee pot or the small spout coffee pot is of sturdy design and … Read More

Metalware : Boiler, Stainless Steel

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These may look like the tin items that we are use to, but these will not corrode.  They are made of a non shiny stainless steel. 6 inches and holds 1 quart. Price $29.11   The boiler is a bit … Read More

Cheri, Colonial Women’s tie shoe

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The Cheri has an 1 3/4″ heel, good for walking on rough ground. The tie will keep the shoe snug to your foot. The Cheri is our latest in the series of the Anna.  It has a brick red leather … Read More

Concord, Men’s Colonial shoes, black-smooth

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Concords: Black smooth, . We named it the Concord in honor of  the heroes who left their homes and their wife-warm beds to gather at the Concord bridge and dare the British Empire to do its worst. The toe of … Read More

Franklin, Colonial Men’s shoe

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Franklins is our best men’s Colonial shoes.  It is all leather and leather lined.  It is a dressy shoe, with a long tongue and only comes in black smooth finish.  The Franklin is good for the Squire, Merchant or Governor. … Read More

Close Outs

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Close outs, The deal, Fin ….. End of the line, last Hurrah! Asta la vista baby! Or humbly our closeout page. These are not seconds they come with a limited guarantee as we cannot replace them because we are closing … Read More

Buckles

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These are the Buckles we are providing to you.

Buttons

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These are the buttons which are available in our store for you.

Shoes

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These are the shoes we are having for you.