Sibley Tent

Sibley Tent

$1,237.00$1,708.00

Taken from the patent granted to Sibley in 1856, this tent offers a large, ventilated area for a number of people. We have followed Mr. Sibley’s original wishes for his conical tent, building it with the correct 18′ diameter and 12′ height. A 9′ door in front and the back allow full ventilation, especially when the rain cap is left off the 18″ open top. (Sibley’s original description called for either a half height door in the rear or an optional full height door. Please specify should you wish the half door please.)

Sibley tents were designed to be held up by a single pole standing in a metal, collapsible tripod. An iron reinforcement was sewn into the peak opening of the canvas. This ring was suspended with chains from a steel disc with a hole in the center for the main pole to locate its top pin.

We build our impressions of Mr. Sibley’s tent the same way, with a steel ring in the peak and plenty of reinforcements to make the tent last. We also supply the tent with the proper disk and 6 chains for the pole support. (The patent originally called for ropes for suspension but was modified to the chains.Some original Sibleys show only three chains in use but we use six.) Included is a rain cap as indicated by Sibley but altered somewhat. The patent drawing shows a piece of a pie shape. This cap was used to help direct airflow from the peak of the tent but does nothing for weatherproofing. With the addition of a stove to the system it became possible to close the top and store heat. Our peak cap is more of a pie with a piece removed so as to overlap and close the peak area.

Sibley’s were modified with the addition of 4′ walls. However there are no historical examples of canvas walls. The period photos show the tent placed atop walls of wood or sod to raise the tent and increase the usable floor space.

The patent does not show or describe mud/sod flaps so they are not standard but are available as an option.

All PRODUCTS ARE “CANVAS ONLY”. YOU WILL NEED POLES, ROPES, AND STAKES TO SET UP YOUR TENT, WHICH CAN BE PURCHASED SEPARATELY.

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MUD FLAPS are standard on all walls. The standard width on the mud flap is 10″. Some vendors have requested we remove the mud flaps so as to allow walls to be more easily put up or taken down without moving poles, because on square and rectangular marquees the perimeter poles do rest on the mud flap. Some customers go with the segmented mud flaps if they want the protection and convenience. We are happy to do this.

All doors on our tents come with tie closures, but we can substitute loops and wooden toggle closures.

Some folks like a thicker than usual canvas. Our regular 10 oz. holds up very well, but we can accommodate a thicker canvas.


Description

Taken from the patent granted to Sibley in 1856, this tent offers a large, ventilated area for a number of people. We have followed Mr. Sibley’s original wishes for his conical tent, building it with the correct 18′ diameter and 12′ height. A 9′ door in front and the back allow full ventilation, especially when the rain cap is left off the 18″ open top. (Sibley’s original description called for either a half height door in the rear or an optional full height door. Please specify should you wish the half door please.)

Sibley tents were designed to be held up by a single pole standing in a metal, collapsible tripod. An iron reinforcement was sewn into the peak opening of the canvas. This ring was suspended with chains from a steel disc with a hole in the center for the main pole to locate its top pin.

We build our impressions of Mr. Sibley’s tent the same way, with a steel ring in the peak and plenty of reinforcements to make the tent last. We also supply the tent with the proper disk and six chains for the pole support. (The patent originally called for ropes for suspension but was modified to the chains. Some original Sibleys show only three chains in use but we use six.) Included is a rain cap as indicated by Sibley but altered somewhat. The patent drawing shows a piece of a pie shape. This cap was used to help direct airflow from the peak of the tent but does nothing for weatherproofing. With the addition of a stove to the system it became possible to close the top and store heat. Our peak cap is more of a pie with a piece removed so as to overlap and close the peak area.

Sibley’s were modified with the addition of 4′ walls. However there are no historical examples of canvas walls. The period photos show the tent placed atop walls of wood or sod to raise the tent and increase the usable floor space.

The patent does not show or describe mud/sod flaps so they are not standard but are available as an option.

Additional information

Weight 1 oz
Dimensions 1 × 1 × 1 in
With or Without Walls

18' Diameter, no walls, 18' Diameter, with 4' walls

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