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by Dave B
Wed Dec 31, 2014 9:21 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: 15th Century Breech Loading Cannon and Handgun for sale.
Replies: 2
Views: 1896

Re: 15th Century Breech Loading Cannon and Handgun for sale.

I've locked this In line with current forum guidelines on advertising firearms - though I note the original post is nine years old
by Dave B
Thu Sep 04, 2014 12:45 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: medieval copper sulphate?
Replies: 14
Views: 2374

Re: medieval copper sulphate?

gregory23b wrote:Copperas in the medieval sense is mostly ferrous sulphate or decomposed pyrites if found naturally, yet there are recipes which confuse this with copper.

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Interesting, as Ferrous sulphate dies things very brown - I know as I've worked with it in the past and inadvertantly dyed my clothes.
by Dave B
Mon Sep 01, 2014 10:50 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: medieval copper sulphate?
Replies: 14
Views: 2374

Re: medieval copper sulphate?

A quick google suggests that dying with verdegris prepared from copper plates in vinegar was established in the georgian era, but I didn't see anything earlier: http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=580GAAAAQAAJ&pg=PA378&lpg=PA378&dq=dyeing+with+verdigris&source=bl&ots=ZVrDiURR1q&am...
by Dave B
Tue Aug 19, 2014 1:01 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: medieval copper sulphate?
Replies: 14
Views: 2374

Re: medieval copper sulphate?

Which is certainly used in art pigments, but I thought it wasn't a terribly stable pigment, and had to be varnished over, so I don't know how good it would be for dieing or whether your color would change?
by Dave B
Wed Jul 23, 2014 1:33 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 15th Century Artillery Sources
Replies: 6
Views: 1140

Re: 15th Century Artillery Sources

If you fancy an oversized swivel gun, there is a cracker in one of the Swiss Schilling chronicles, which is reproduced in this book: http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51TBA7X73HL._.jpg It's part of the same picture as the cover piece there. Sort of a 6 foot long / 2" calibre pole gun with t...
by Dave B
Tue May 27, 2014 11:21 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: kids archery gloves
Replies: 5
Views: 1022

Re: kids archery gloves

The only place I've seen natural leather gloves in kids sizes at a reasonable price was riding gloves. I picked some up in to fir a small ladies hand sizes at one of the out of town pet places that also has a riding section, and if I remember right they had smaller kids sizes too.
by Dave B
Tue Apr 01, 2014 5:58 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 13th C. Farm
Replies: 59
Views: 8272

Re: 13th C. Farm

Fox, I think the crux of the matter is that ploughs were eventually made lighter so that horses were able to cope with them - this was the driving force behind introducing plough teams of horses and making changes to the harness and collars to allow for multiple animals without yokes. So the horses...
by Dave B
Fri Mar 21, 2014 4:22 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 33194

Re: Bannockburn 2014

Oh yes, I still recall the handling opportunity at the Royal Armouries in Leeds one SWASH a few years ago. I did a couple of those. The thing that sticks with me was that I'd spent years telling people how our reenactment swords were, if anything, heavier than the real things because of the thick b...
by Dave B
Fri Feb 28, 2014 6:07 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: extant 14th century cannons
Replies: 6
Views: 1526

Re: extant 14th century cannons

I'll stick my neck out and say that there are no surviving 14th century 'field gun' style cannon. There's the loshult gun which is a sort of 1" bore mini-cannon, and there are some pretty big pole guns, but no actual field cannon. There are several illustrations to go at, going from vase shaped...
by Dave B
Mon Sep 09, 2013 4:26 pm
Forum: Societies
Topic: Looking for Medieval Living History Group Manchester Area
Replies: 4
Views: 1023

Re: Looking for Medieval Living History Group Manchester Are

I guess we are probably your nearest group: http://www.dysmas.co.uk/ we are mostly Cheshire based, and meet up in Congleton. Still not awfully close to Stockport, but doable by train I guess. The season is pretty much wrapped up now, but we meet up on some Sunday afternoons through the winter to tra...
by Dave B
Fri Feb 01, 2013 10:05 pm
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Newbie's guide to kit buying
Replies: 53
Views: 13396

Re: Newbie's guide to kit buying

Or don't buy a weapon at all. There will be someone in your group who has more money than sense, buys lots of weapons and will lend you one. The same is not necessarily true of shoes. Or Brais.
by Dave B
Fri Dec 28, 2012 7:18 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: sabre (about 1500)
Replies: 3
Views: 884

Re: sabre (about 1500)

If it is in the armouries, just ask them. They are very helpful (although not always very fast) answering queries. When Fox (a poster on this forum) wanted information on a musketoon in the collection they not only got it out for photographing, they even X-rayed it for him. There are contacts for th...
by Dave B
Thu Oct 25, 2012 7:15 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Brass!
Replies: 15
Views: 2443

Re: Brass!

OK, I've dug out the textbooks, there are good papers in two of the MOL books. lots of tables of metalurgical analysis of finds from london dated 1150 - 1450. The long and the short seems to be: They had alloys that we would classify as brass They had alloys that we would classify as bronze they had...
by Dave B
Wed Oct 24, 2012 12:57 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Brass!
Replies: 15
Views: 2443

Re: Brass!

That's right Colin, there is an excellent paper in one of the museum of london books (I thought it was the household artifacts book, but I could be wrong, I have both). Copper alloys had many different compositions, with varying amounts of Tin, Zinc, and other metals (IIRC lead was not uncommon). Zi...
by Dave B
Sat Oct 20, 2012 11:07 am
Forum: Event Announcements
Topic: PLEASE READ BEFORE POSTING- Guidelines for Events section.
Replies: 0
Views: 2338

PLEASE READ BEFORE POSTING- Guidelines for Events section.

1. This section is to make reenactors aware of forthcoming events, and allow them to ask questions about them. The thread title should include Name of event, period(s), location and date(s). 2. The initial post should include as much information as possible about the event, and be edited if details...
by Dave B
Wed Oct 03, 2012 11:18 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Helmet liners?
Replies: 14
Views: 2015

Re: Helmet liners?

Here you go, let me know if you need anything else. Note that the padding has been judged so that the first inch or so fully fills the gap between head and helmet, but above that the head is held away from the metal.

http://photobucket.com/helmetlinerdetail
by Dave B
Wed Oct 03, 2012 11:13 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Helmet liners?
Replies: 14
Views: 2015

Re: Helmet liners?

Give me 10 minutes....
by Dave B
Wed Oct 03, 2012 10:35 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Helmet liners?
Replies: 14
Views: 2015

Re: Helmet liners?

Tod wrote:I you could bring it to the ILHF I would like a look, thanks.


If I can't get to the ILHF this year, I'll ask Fox nicely to take it. Do you want any photos? easily done.

Dave
by Dave B
Mon Oct 01, 2012 1:21 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Helmet liners?
Replies: 14
Views: 2015

Re: Helmet liners?

I discussed this at some length when I got my helmet made (from an illustration in schilling). Mac made it with a liner that is both a spider, but also padding. It's similar to the one in the link below. He based this design on some surviving examples, but I have not seen the origionals. It has four...
by Dave B
Mon Oct 01, 2012 1:13 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Archers Side Arm
Replies: 37
Views: 5626

Re: Archers Side Arm

I don't have them to hand, but if you just google Maciejowski and Archer, several pop up.
by Dave B
Wed Sep 19, 2012 2:26 pm
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Licencing - muskets etc.
Replies: 96
Views: 28202

Re: Licencing - muskets etc.

I believe that they visit you and discuss your proposed cabinet and position, fixing etc. and then if they ok the licence they will come out, check the cabinet and then hand over the FAC. I may be misinterpreting this. It depends on the force. At the time I got my liscences, our firearms officer st...
by Dave B
Tue Sep 18, 2012 11:57 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: New Group seeking Questions
Replies: 6
Views: 1422

Re: New Group seeking Questions

1. My guess is that you will find it quite expensive per head to get insurance for a very small group, and may struggle to provide all the right information they require (policies, risk assesments etc) if you are just starting out. If it is at all possible I'd look at finding out if there is an exis...
by Dave B
Fri Sep 14, 2012 4:44 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Archers Side Arm
Replies: 37
Views: 5626

Re: Archers Side Arm

Fox wrote:I wasn't just thinking of him, but also Richard de Bury and others.


Yup, but IIRC Milemete is he one that left a pretty comprehensive record of what he taught young eddie, and who tutored him regularly in the three years or so prior to him getting crowned.
by Dave B
Fri Sep 14, 2012 2:32 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Archers Side Arm
Replies: 37
Views: 5626

Re: Archers Side Arm

Personally, I think a small axe would be quite reasonable to assume was used as a sidearm. Useful on the march and effective to dispatch anyone who comes too close, and something most people would have had on the farm. I'm not sure I would go so far. If someone really wants to get into the hand to ...
by Dave B
Fri Sep 14, 2012 2:28 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Archers Side Arm
Replies: 37
Views: 5626

Re: Archers Side Arm

Personally, I think a small axe would be quite reasonable to assume was used as a sidearm. Useful on the march and effective to dispatch anyone who comes too close, and something most people would have had on the farm. I'm not sure I would go so far. If someone really wants to get into the hand to ...
by Dave B
Fri Sep 14, 2012 2:14 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Archers Side Arm
Replies: 37
Views: 5626

Re: Archers Side Arm

I think that Edward III is a forward looking king, which may have something to do with his education. Good old Walter de Milemete - its certainly interesting that we can see what the future king's education consisted of. IIRC he Eddy 3 was one of the first european kings we know of employing firear...
by Dave B
Thu Sep 13, 2012 3:32 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Fighting priests
Replies: 32
Views: 4745

Re: Fighting priests

Marcus Woodhouse wrote:Buckfast abbey sent a monk with a spear .....


Nice to know that the association of tonic wine and getting into fights has a long and noble history.
by Dave B
Thu Sep 13, 2012 1:43 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Archers Side Arm
Replies: 37
Views: 5626

Re: Archers Side Arm

I presume that the equiping of armys became more organised. I guess that in the 13thC men at arms were trained and equiped by thier lord, but archers were just rounded up from the lords farmworkers immediately before deployment, and brought what they had? perhaps their bows were just sporting/huntin...
by Dave B
Wed Sep 12, 2012 9:50 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Archers Side Arm
Replies: 37
Views: 5626

Re: Archers Side Arm

Interesting. I thought I knew what the answer would be, but I've just had a look through all the 13thC images of archers I can find quickly (such as the Maciejowski bible), and most seem to have no sidearm at all, all I can see is the odd modestly sized knife, Just a common or garden knife.

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