What is a Sutlery?

Sutler, derived from the Dutch word for someone who performs dirty work was the name given to the merchants who arrived on the heels of the British arm and sold what the redcoats wouldn’t – or couldn’t – provide at a frontier outpost. With the permission of Military officials, Sutlers set up shop near a fort’s gates, taking advantage of the isolated location to do a brisk trade with off-duty soldiers and officers or who ever came by. The Sutler could sell just about anything in his tent (store), but was expressly forbidden from selling ardent spirits (strong alcoholic beverages) to enlisted men.

A Sutler was a storekeeper. He would supply the troops, and in the forts, their wives and other women with various items.


Ironmonger refers to a retailer (or wholesaler) of iron goods. This has often been expanded to include consumer such as copper, brass and other metals. In modern usage, it is thus synonymous with a hardware shop. Iron mongers often double as tinkers.

Historical usage – organized the distribution of finished products from smith, nailers, or other metal workers.

Through most of the year, you can find us at many of the re-enactment events throughout central Canada and north-central USA. While we try to keep this schedule up-to-date, if you’re planning on visiting an event to meet us and see our wares, we highly recommend that you confirm with us prior to attending the event.

The events are also a good way to reduce the cost of shipping as we’re happy to bring your order to the event for you.

Date Event
June 24, 2017 DIY Homesteader Festival, Teulon, Manitoba

DIY Homesteaderfest 2017