Hussar Saddlery is a custom order business owned and
operated by Ken and Jan Hall of Lordstown Ohio. We are
dedicated to creating the finest products for reenactors who
want only the best in their equipment, tack and accouterments.
I have been in the hobby since 1973 and have done multiple
impressions in the black powder era, beginning with the long
hunter, mountain man and coureur des bois. Military personas,
both mounted and on foot, from the French and Indian War
through the Civil War, were later additions. Now riding as a trail
hand in the 1880's I have, as was said in the era, "seen the
The men, horses, and the ladies of John Payne's Company of
Kentucky Light Dragoons, which Ken founded, were constant
attendees at events through the Midwest, the East coast and
Canada from 1983 to 2008. We were, as 18th century civilians,
the quarter path racers at Colonial Williamsburg for 12 years.
We rode at the BAR's Grand Tactical as 4th Continental Light
Dragoons. We shot Tecumseh at the Battle of the Thames in
Ontario and charged British regulars at Mississinewa 1812,
Fort Niagara and Penetangushene. We have fought in many a
French and Indian War battle as either Rangers or 2nd
Pennsylvania Light Horse. I have ridden at Gettysburg 135th,
was on the field at Waterloo, went as John Forsyth to the
Alamo and as an outlaw in Turkey Foot canyon in New Mexico.
I am past president of Brigade Napoleon and founder of the
15th King's Light Dragoons (Hussars) reenactment unit in North
With the retirement of the John Payne's company I have
continued in the hobby as supplier of goods for fellow
reenactors. Apprenticing under Eli Miller of Mesopotamia, OH
as a leather smith and saddler, I have been producing leather
goods and related products for the past 20 years, mostly for our
cavalry troop. Now I am offering these services to the
Though all goods are custom ordered, a price list for some of
the standard items I produce has been included as examples
for cost comparison. More specialized pieces receive individual
quotes. Cost for such items depends on research time,
materials and hours of labor. My leather work is hand stitched
using linen thread and fine bridle sides. Stitching is normally 6
to the inch for standard grade and 10 for high quality. We can
vary this depending on your needs.
We have done work for Valley Forge National Historic Park,
USS Constitution, US Army's 3rd Infantry Regiment (The Old
Guard), Jefferson's Monticello, The Alamo, the US Border
Patrol, Fort Ross and Fort Tejon State Historic Parks, both in
California, Fort Vancouver in Washington, Windsor Historical
Society in Windsor, Connecticut, Louisianna National Guard
Museum in New Orleans, Custis-Lee Mansion in Arlington,
Virginia and for the historical artist, Keith Rocco. We have also
completed projects for several movie prop companies.
Hussar Saddlery also has available a variety of other services.
Machine embroidery, custom hand cut metal work,
woodworking for military needs and gold/silver/brass plating.
Basically we create items from the mid-18th century through
1815 because that is my area of expertise. However, if you
have a special project outside that time frame and can find no
one willing to do it, talk to us and we will see if we can help
solve your problem.
This website is a series of examples of the more the 350 items I
have produced over the 20 or so years of making reenacting
equipment for both man and horse.
Please note, because these are only examples of previous built
commissioned items, that does not mean we can not do your
project. We can change styles on any of the leather items to fit
your needs. If you have a pictures of a specific item in mind
send it to us and we will see if we can reproduce it. Our only
real restriction is complicated metal work.
Take a look and see what Hussar Saddlery has done and what
it could do for you.
Hours of operation: I am usually in the shop 9 am to 4 pm EST,
Monday through Friday and Saturday 9 am to noon EST. My
phone number is my cell. I normally have it with me. I can take
calls in the evening until 9 pm. Leave a short message if I do
not answer and I will call you back within 24 hours.
And finally, thanks to the many well wishers in 2019, my year of
surgeries. I am delighted to be back in the shop full time
Ken and Jan Hall
The Tune "The Minstrel
Boy" courtesy of
Contempator.com, Midi file
creator Barry Taylor
Segt. Maj. Dale Emile Mudra, KLD
Email us at:
|Pvt. Daniel L Garner, 8th Regt. of the
|853 Brunstetter Road
Warren, OH 44481