This tent is derived from a photo of a number of tents in a camp setting, circa American Civil War.But the work incredibly well in Medieval settings, early 20th Century tent camping, and more. In 19th Century texts they are referred to as “imported French belled tents” which is where we get the name. The entry way is under the center panel in the main tent body and, apparently, if the tents were used as residences, the domicile area is in the belled ends. The design is unique and functional.
The original sizing is: overall length 21′, main body 9′ long, 12′ wide and 10′ high with the belled ends being 6′ in radius. Both sides of the main body are cut to be raised for entry and shade. When both sides are raised to a height of 6′ 6″, the canopied area is increased to 8’ 6” x 20′. This tent is finished with mud flaps in the bell ends.
We recently made a smaller one for personal use, and it has become very popular. The Mini is: overal length 18’6″ (8’6″ central area, and two 5′ bells), 10′ wide, and 8’tall. This tent is finished with mud flaps in the bell ends.
Unless otherwise noted, Tentsmith tents are made out of 10 oz. white Sunforger – Flame resistant canvas.
All PRODUCTS ARE “CANVAS ONLY”. YOU WILL NEED POLES, ROPES, AND STAKES TO SET UP YOUR TENT, WHICH CAN BE PURCHASED SEPARATELY.