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by Graham Ashford
Tue Apr 26, 2016 4:41 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Card payments
Replies: 5
Views: 1674

Card payments

Hello folks I wonder whether or not you might be able to help. I've been thinking about ways to take card payments at markets, I tend to only do a couple a year s it's not a great problem, just a service I would like to be able to reliably offer. Can anyone suggest ways of being able to take card pa...
by Graham Ashford
Mon Sep 21, 2015 2:14 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: English lieutenant's woman
Replies: 1
Views: 810

English lieutenant's woman

Hello all I'm coming again with my cap in hand for help. My wife is trying to find patterns for ladies clothing from 1805 or slightly earlier. She will be representing a woman associated with the Navy through marraige with an English lieutenant - a bit of social climbing. We can find a number of pat...
by Graham Ashford
Mon Sep 21, 2015 2:07 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Naval Gunner jacket?
Replies: 3
Views: 932

Re: Naval Gunner jacket?

Sorry been offline for a bit.

A much appreciated thankyou.

Lots to think about here ... everytime I just about think I'm getting head round it something else comes up :)
by Graham Ashford
Thu Aug 13, 2015 10:03 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Naval Gunner jacket?
Replies: 3
Views: 932

Naval Gunner jacket?

Hello all I wonder if I might be able to get some help? I am trying to track down the look/design of a Naval Warrant officers blue jacket in 1805. As far as I can find out in the 1750's a standard look was created for the PO type classes, Gunner, Bo'sun and Carpenter. However I have not been able to...
by Graham Ashford
Thu May 21, 2015 10:51 am
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Leather waistcoat for workmen
Replies: 6
Views: 1194

Re: Leather waistcoat for workmen

I figured it would probably be the case, it's a lot of work for something that will ultimately be wrecked. I liked the idea and thought I'd take a look and see.

Thanks for the time and input .. apron it is :)
by Graham Ashford
Wed May 20, 2015 11:13 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: How accurate are leather gauntlets as armour?
Replies: 17
Views: 3885

Re: How accurate are leather gauntlets as armour?

Hi there Thought I'd throw in a couple of pictures of some original leather fingers that have been found, although I believe the jury is still out on whether they are domestic or military for use. Also, a picture of some leather armour I made recently based on a Lithuanian vambrace find made using t...
by Graham Ashford
Mon May 18, 2015 1:30 am
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Leather waistcoat for workmen
Replies: 6
Views: 1194

Leather waistcoat for workmen

Hi there I am still building up my library and references for this period. As such I've not been able to find any pictures/references for leather working man's waistcoat, but I have such a limited pool of resources at the moment I wondered whether anyone had heard of such a thing? They seem to make ...
by Graham Ashford
Mon Mar 09, 2015 9:00 am
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: side boards on war ships
Replies: 1
Views: 897

side boards on war ships

Hi there I wonder if anyone can help. In continuing to look at crockery aboard RN ships of the line. I noticed that in a number of pictures a 'side board' is shown above the tables between the guns. when the guns are ready for action they are never seen and it would seem a lot of effort and space wo...
by Graham Ashford
Sat Feb 21, 2015 8:48 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Cups and more cups.
Replies: 2
Views: 956

Cups and more cups.

Hi there I wonder if anyone can help. I am trying to get an idea for what sort of cups would be used for drinking aboard a ship of the line, in 1805 or so. Aboard the Victory at the moment they use the pitched leather tankards that are common at most reenactment markets. However I would have though ...
by Graham Ashford
Tue Jan 27, 2015 10:56 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Kaboom!
Replies: 4
Views: 1904

Re: Kaboom!

Mark, the balls came from a supplier, I've forged the bar, drilled, countersunk and welded.
by Graham Ashford
Wed Jan 14, 2015 9:06 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Kaboom!
Replies: 4
Views: 1904

Re: Kaboom!

Based on general shot seen around 1790 to about 1810 or so, from piccies in the HMS Victory museum in Portsmouth, web searches and the Ladybird book of Nelson's Navy :)
by Graham Ashford
Wed Jan 14, 2015 9:46 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Kaboom!
Replies: 4
Views: 1904

Kaboom!

I was lucky enough to have a change of period and pace in the workshop recently and had some fun making these. Bar shot and extending shot for 24 pounder. L'orks they're heavy. https://scontent-b-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpa1/v/t1.0-9/10931015_815164081881476_3600987857711437831_n.jpg?oh=d507064c97a...
by Graham Ashford
Wed Nov 26, 2014 6:34 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: 14th Century Gauntlets
Replies: 4
Views: 2079

Re: 14th Century Gauntlets

Thanks gents,

I really want to do some with this detail and velvet on the outside, just trying to find an excuse and some time :)
by Graham Ashford
Wed Nov 26, 2014 6:33 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Early grotesque visors? Any thoughts ...
Replies: 3
Views: 1303

Re: Early grotesque visors? Any thoughts ...

Griff, funny how after all this time things go full circle, I might be doing a Trevanion after all, just trying to track down any other pictures/details of it than the single image and it was stolen in 1950 info that's about :)
by Graham Ashford
Wed Oct 08, 2014 3:32 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Rope detailson 18/24/32 pounders
Replies: 1
Views: 851

Rope detailson 18/24/32 pounders

Hi there A while ago I cam across a very detailed website that showed rope diameters and lengths for Naval 18/24 & 32 pounders that I can't seem to find anymore, can anyone point me in the correct direction, I've been hunting for a couple of hours now and can't seem to refind it :( Kindest regar...
by Graham Ashford
Sun Sep 07, 2014 1:33 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: 14th Century Gauntlets
Replies: 4
Views: 2079

14th Century Gauntlets

Hi there folks, Been a little while so I thought I'd share a recent set of gauntlets I've finished. On the whole I am pleased with them. The depth of the work across the back of the hands was a challenge and took a couple of goes to get to right. A few more pictures of the build can be found on my F...
by Graham Ashford
Sat Aug 09, 2014 8:24 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Navy recruitment
Replies: 9
Views: 2285

Re: Navy recruitment

Thanks ever s much for all the help :)

I sense another trip to the dockyard coming on.
by Graham Ashford
Sat Aug 09, 2014 8:22 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Cannon finish?
Replies: 2
Views: 968

Cannon finish?

Hello all I wonder whether or not you might be able to help me at all? I am trying to find out the treatment used on Naval cannons towards the end of the 18th Century to protect the metal work. They all appear to be ainted, but for the life of me I can't seem to find out what would be considered a g...
by Graham Ashford
Tue Jun 24, 2014 7:35 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Grenade det cord
Replies: 7
Views: 1652

Grenade det cord

Hi folks I wonder whether or not someone might be able to help me. We have some small grenades, empty shapes with wooden tops. Until now we've had a length of det cord or fuse wire that has been blue in colour and burns about an inch a second or so, but its running out. It's about 2mm diameter. Does...
by Graham Ashford
Wed Apr 16, 2014 8:36 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Navy recruitment
Replies: 9
Views: 2285

Navy recruitment

Hi there I wondered whether anyone might be able to help me. I am trying to understand Navy recruitment during the end of the 18th century. I'm afraid to say that at the moment about all I know of is the press gang, but I can't see how this would have filled all the ships of the Navy at the time wit...
by Graham Ashford
Mon Dec 30, 2013 10:53 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Early 14th century arms
Replies: 5
Views: 2228

Re: Early 14th century arms

Stuart Nope not for me, I do about 30 years on from these. Thanks for your kind words. Improvements generally always come one way or another either in finish, speed of production, leather work, buckles, hinge making etc ... I'm happy with the general shape though ... but there is always room for imp...
by Graham Ashford
Sun Dec 29, 2013 5:53 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Early 14th century arms
Replies: 5
Views: 2228

Early 14th century arms

Hi there Thought I'd share this recent pair of arms I have finished. I thoroughly enjoy making this early 14th century armour as it brings to mind just how terrifying and awesome the French armies must have been to the, generally, significantly smaller English armies. The French knights must have lo...
by Graham Ashford
Sun Dec 15, 2013 5:40 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Early grotesque visors? Any thoughts ...
Replies: 3
Views: 1303

Early grotesque visors? Any thoughts ...

Hi there I've been wanting to make a grotesque visor a bascinet for a while now, just as a vanity project, but would love to make history fit my want this time round, rather than just make it and never be able to wear it. I've been sifting through miniatures DB and other sources looking for early ex...
by Graham Ashford
Mon Nov 04, 2013 6:39 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: John Blanchfront
Replies: 3
Views: 1895

Re: John Blanchfront

Hi there, I've sent a PM :)
by Graham Ashford
Mon Oct 28, 2013 1:59 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: John Blanchfront
Replies: 3
Views: 1895

John Blanchfront

Hi there, I'm working on a representation of John Blanchefront for next year to swagger about in and I thought I'd drop up a couple of progress piccies but also ask for help. Can anyone find any information about the guy from anywhere, it seems he disappears down a historical black hole and I can't ...
by Graham Ashford
Tue Jun 25, 2013 8:44 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Early 14th Century nuns ... I have no idea.
Replies: 4
Views: 1056

Early 14th Century nuns ... I have no idea.

Hello all I am trying to find out about early, (1340 - 1360s) nuns. Not because I intend to start picking up the habit, it's worse, much worse :? . My mum wants to join the group and likes the idea of being a nun. It's not a thing I know much about, well anything really. Which is making it difficult...
by Graham Ashford
Wed Mar 13, 2013 3:27 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Vanity screens?
Replies: 20
Views: 3870

Re: Vanity screens?

Thanks all, some nice ideas and plenty to think about there. :D
by Graham Ashford
Wed Feb 20, 2013 6:44 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Vanity screens?
Replies: 20
Views: 3870

Re: Vanity screens?

Hi there Good question, it's not really a case of thinking they had one, rather trying to find a solution to a couple of problems that we need to resolve in group. Screens would have done it them all, but if it looks like they didn't use them we won't. First off we have a 12x12 prefab building and a...
by Graham Ashford
Tue Feb 12, 2013 5:47 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Vanity screens?
Replies: 20
Views: 3870

Re: Vanity screens?

Those are some serious screens and probably a little larger than hoped for :) I agree that it seems people were a lot less concerned about immediate privacy than we are today, maybe I am looking for the wrong thing or am looking at it from the wrong angle. Perhaps sun shades, temporary structures, r...
by Graham Ashford
Fri Jan 11, 2013 9:21 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Vanity screens?
Replies: 20
Views: 3870

Vanity screens?

Hello all I wondered if you can help, I am trying to find information on vnity screens/partitions. The sort of temporary, often fabric based screen partitions that can be erected for a quick change or sun screen or privacy. I'm unsure what they would be called and this is hurting my searches I suspe...

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