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by Julia
Fri Feb 26, 2016 2:14 am
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: Price controlled blanket
Replies: 0
Views: 704

Price controlled blanket

I discovered a label on the blanket I've been using to keep me warm all winter: http://photos.quixotic.eu/misc/pricecontrolledblanket01_sm.jpg From what I can tell it originates from a period between 1941 and 1949, but I can't seem to find any information to narrow it down. Can anyone shed any light...
by Julia
Thu Dec 26, 2013 3:45 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Winter Bedding
Replies: 3
Views: 1010

Winter Bedding

Can anyone recommend any sources for what sort of bedding people of the 12th/13th centuries would use? I've found some info suggesting it would be a sack filled with straw by the fire, and a cloak over the top. But I can't help but think this is going to be a bit cold. I've tried sleeping out in an ...
by Julia
Tue Apr 23, 2013 1:53 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Sign posts?
Replies: 2
Views: 972

Sign posts?

When did sign posts on roads start to appear in the UK and what form did they take?

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by Julia
Fri Feb 08, 2013 2:30 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: The early medieval traveler
Replies: 7
Views: 1726

The early medieval traveler

I have been pondering what a traveler of the early medieval period (1066-1215) might take with her/him for an extended trip (such as a pilgrimage). The image that comes to mind is of a traveler with a cloak slung across their back, walking along with a staff. But this begs some questions. Would a pi...
by Julia
Thu Jan 17, 2013 9:27 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Cost of living
Replies: 4
Views: 1231

Re: Cost of living

the regia website has a breakdown of the costs of may interesting items in saxon times.

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by Julia
Wed Jan 16, 2013 3:48 pm
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Newbie's guide to kit buying
Replies: 53
Views: 13875

Re: Newbie's guide to kit buying

Shoes- You'll spend anything up to twelve hours in your shoes a day, maybe more, so make them a spending priority over shiny kit, and well-fitting. Make sure you get the best shoes you can afford, possibly even more than you can afford- that way they'll not only last but also be reparable and have ...
by Julia
Wed Jan 16, 2013 1:55 am
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Newbie's guide to kit buying
Replies: 53
Views: 13875

Re: Newbie's guide to kit buying

6. Just because you saw another reenactor with that piece of kit, does not mean it is authentic, see rule 1.

7. Just because you saw it in a film does not make it authentic. See rule 1


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by Julia
Fri Jan 04, 2013 6:37 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Black ink
Replies: 11
Views: 2012

Black ink

I would like to have a go at making some black ink to use to draw out the lines of of a Tafl board (made of chestnut). Theophiliius gives us a helpful technique for extracting the Tannin from Hawthorn branches and using it to make ink. Being that I have a tub of tannin that is used in wine making, a...
by Julia
Tue Nov 27, 2012 6:48 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Cloak Wool
Replies: 0
Views: 593

Cloak Wool

I am thinking of making myself a nice warm semicircular cloak for the period 1100-1220, and was pondering ordering some wool (probably from whaleys) and dying it up to a nice colour (TBD). Can anyone suggest which wool would be a good choice for a cloak?

Thanks

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by Julia
Tue Nov 27, 2012 1:08 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Cleaning methods
Replies: 6
Views: 1381

Cleaning methods

Most reenactors I know seem to use simple polishing blocks to clean their Armour/weapons, but these are of course entirely inauthentic, and result in having to get the kit clean before the public arrive. I am wondering partly out of curiosity, and partly out of wanting to eat breakfast without havin...
by Julia
Tue Nov 27, 2012 1:04 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Chests
Replies: 5
Views: 2061

Re: Chests

Forgot I'd posted this so sorry it took me a while to reply. There seems to be a trend for making them- A) A good height to sit on and B) Good for storing a sword and maille. Now, whilst I wouldn't immediately assume this is a causal thing, it could be perhaps because they descended from sea-chests...
by Julia
Fri Nov 23, 2012 2:26 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Early medieval polearms
Replies: 9
Views: 2660

Re: Early medieval polearms

More high quality detailed responses, this is turning out to be a really interesting thread. Thank you to everyone for your responses. You have given me much to consider. I can see that there is going to be a blacksmith somewhere parting me from my beer tokens soon.

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by Julia
Sat Nov 17, 2012 6:56 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Peel Castle excavations
Replies: 1
Views: 1284

Peel Castle excavations

I have found the following excerpt from "The Northern Conquest: Vikings in Britain and Ireland" By Katherine Holman: "At Peel Castle on St Patrick's Isle, a tenth-century pagan cemetery, closely associated with a pre-existing Christian cemetery, was excavated in the 1980s. All but one...
by Julia
Sat Nov 17, 2012 12:25 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Early medieval polearms
Replies: 9
Views: 2660

Re: Early medieval polearms

Thank you both for your helpful replies, they have given me much to ponder. Reading the Assize of arms from 1181 (atleast the version on wikipedia), it talks about every Knight/freeman/etc... owning a Lance. Now to me a Lance is something wielded from horse back. But am I right in thinking that in t...
by Julia
Sat Nov 17, 2012 12:19 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Chests
Replies: 5
Views: 2061

Re: Chests

Chests of this size were usually referred to as ''coffins'' in medieval manuscripts (as indeed any wooden chest under the size referred to as a 'chest'). Pictorial images are a little sparse and don't generally show much to go on design wise- most people have just scaled down one of the extant 12th...
by Julia
Tue Nov 13, 2012 4:55 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Chests
Replies: 5
Views: 2061

Chests

I am thinking of having a play at making some simple small wooden chests. I have seen at shows people with small chests maybe just over a foot long, by 6 inches on each of the other dimensions, with various iron banding and fittings. What I haven't been able to find anywhere is what these are based ...
by Julia
Sun Nov 11, 2012 5:25 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Early medieval polearms
Replies: 9
Views: 2660

Early medieval polearms

I'm interested in expanding my armoury's pole arm section beyond the basic single and two handed spears, and am pondering what the options available are in terms on pole arms suitable to the 12th century and early 13th century. I find references to glaives, guisarme etc... But most seem to relate to...
by Julia
Fri Oct 26, 2012 12:23 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Helmet Rivets
Replies: 8
Views: 1679

Re: Helmet Rivets

Another option would be to just drill holes in the band and lace your liner in place with thick sturdy cord/thonging. The Olm├╝tz helm (single piece conical) has holes around it's rim quite probably used for this purpose (no evidence that rivets have been drilled out and the help dates from a period...
by Julia
Sat Oct 20, 2012 9:13 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Fletchings
Replies: 9
Views: 2171

Fletchings

Historically how many flights did arrows have during various periods of history? Primarily I reenact 850-1217AD in the UK, but I am curious about other periods as well. I am thinking of making up my next batch of arrows with 4 fletchings rather than 3, so that I don't have to faff about on the battl...
by Julia
Sat Oct 20, 2012 8:46 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Helmet Rivets
Replies: 8
Views: 1679

Helmet Rivets

I have a conical helmet with nasal, it came with a spider that had come unstuck from the helmet. Rather than simply continuing the failure and sticking it back in with epoxy, one member has suggested that I rivet it in place with small copper rivets. Which sounds like it might look quite nice. Anoth...
by Julia
Mon Oct 08, 2012 1:18 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Steel for armour
Replies: 19
Views: 2810

Re: Steel for armour

well in the period you mention you are pretty limited. Mail is the primary defence, coupled with fabric armour. After that there is limited evidence for other forms of defence. Funny, that's what I had found from my research. A side from covering of more of the body with maille towards the end of m...
by Julia
Mon Oct 08, 2012 12:51 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Steel for armour
Replies: 19
Views: 2810

Re: Steel for armour

You can make armour out of absolutely anything. But what is it for and what does it have to do? In the first instance I was going to have a go at making myself a set of splinted Vambraces, to protect my forearms during sparing. I could use all sorts of modern items to protect my arms, and seeing as...
by Julia
Sun Oct 07, 2012 12:30 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Steel for armour
Replies: 19
Views: 2810

Re: Steel for armour

Why not normal mild steel sheet? It's just as inauthentic as any other material currently available, it's inexpensive, and easy to work. I would suggest going to the Armour Archive. The answers to all your armouring questions will be found there..... http://forums.armourarchive.org/phpBB3/index.php...
by Julia
Fri Sep 28, 2012 6:11 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Archers Side Arm
Replies: 37
Views: 5851

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. Do you ...
by Julia
Fri Sep 28, 2012 6:01 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Steel for armour
Replies: 19
Views: 2810

Steel for armour

For those of you who make your own Armour. What grade of steel do you use ? I'm guessing your normal mild doesn't suit the task. Could EN45 do the job?

Thanks

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by Julia
Wed Sep 12, 2012 6:42 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Linen Thread
Replies: 1
Views: 917

Linen Thread

Does anyone know of a manufacturer of linen thread that an be used for machine sewing? I have good success with Gutermann linen thread for handsewing, but it is not suitable for use in a machine. Does anyone make something suitable?

Thanks

J
by Julia
Wed Sep 12, 2012 4:33 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Archers Side Arm
Replies: 37
Views: 5851

Re: Archers Side Arm

I would have thought that most archers, being relatively poor, would have used either an axe or a knife as a side arm cum utility tool. This was my thought. But by 1200 the Saex has gone out of fashion as the utility knife come side arm, and the archers pick/bollock dagger has yet to come into fash...
by Julia
Wed Sep 12, 2012 3:14 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: 13th Century food & cooking
Replies: 8
Views: 3797

Re: 13th Century food & cooking

Another useful piece of advice is choose several dishes such as a meat dish and several vegetable dishes. This is what we do with our group. Because you get the modern anachronism of a vegetarian, we make a very meaty stew, and a very vegetably stew. Omnivores get a ladleful of both, vegetarians ge...
by Julia
Wed Sep 12, 2012 2:30 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Archers Side Arm
Replies: 37
Views: 5851

Archers Side Arm

What sort of side arm would an Archer be carrying around the 1200 mark? Are we talking Quillon daggers? What are the other options?

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by Julia
Fri Sep 07, 2012 9:09 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bucklers
Replies: 4
Views: 1098

Re: Bucklers

gregory23b wrote:see the link at the bottom of my post, the middle english dictionary, give that a whirl.


Having a look through that, the earliest reference appears to be 1330. I wonder where Osprey/Wikipedia are getting their source for the 1100 claim...

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