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by simonw
Mon Feb 27, 2017 9:52 pm
Forum: Buy and Sell
Topic: WLTB Saxon tunic
Replies: 1
Views: 885

WLTB Saxon tunic

Looking for a non high status tunic, longish, 42" ish chest. Thanks
by simonw
Thu Feb 23, 2017 2:53 pm
Forum: Event Announcements
Topic: Eventplan events 2017 so far.....
Replies: 10
Views: 3806

Re: Eventplan events 2017 so far.....

Hi,
i'd be interested in Hughenden and Wimpole. We have exchanged emails. www.historicalinterpretation.co.uk

Regards Simon
by simonw
Mon Jan 30, 2017 8:39 pm
Forum: Buy and Sell
Topic: WLTB medieval chair / stool
Replies: 7
Views: 2014

Re: WLTB medieval chair / stool

Ah well, glad I've facilitated a history lesson, but I've still not got anything to sit on....
by simonw
Sun Dec 18, 2016 11:37 pm
Forum: Buy and Sell
Topic: WLTB medieval chair / stool
Replies: 7
Views: 2014

WLTB medieval chair / stool

Am interested in a chair or stool C13/14.
by simonw
Mon May 11, 2015 9:42 pm
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: A WW1 theatre event
Replies: 0
Views: 1626

A WW1 theatre event

Meet Harry Kay, the grandfather of the writer/performer. Find out what he did in the war, why he did it, what it meant to him and how it affected him. Find out why thousands of Englishmen fought in kilts in the war, and what this somewhat unusual battledress (to Englishmen anyway!) meant to them. Wi...
by simonw
Wed Feb 18, 2015 2:20 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: 10,000 BC
Replies: 5
Views: 1994

Re: 10,000 BC

Dan of Britannia wrote:Apart from that, a valuable insight into how people from 21st Century society cope in the wilderness... and how they don't!


its reality TV, nothing else
by simonw
Wed Feb 18, 2015 2:18 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: 10,000BC
Replies: 4
Views: 2581

Re: 10,000BC

its reality tv here not a history programme. Of course the producers built a pottential fail situation into it. It makes for 'better' ie more exciting TV
by simonw
Tue Jan 27, 2015 2:08 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Starkeys Magna Carta
Replies: 0
Views: 816

Starkeys Magna Carta

Anyone watch it last night?
Was it everso slightly biased against the king and for the barons?
Did he miss out one side of the story leading up to the event?
He totally glossed over the French's occupation of the country post the event
In my mind, very poor history
by simonw
Sat Dec 20, 2014 8:42 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: More weapons identification
Replies: 5
Views: 2524

Re: More weapons identification

Thanks Mark!
by simonw
Sun Dec 07, 2014 7:17 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Where is the church in reenactment?
Replies: 38
Views: 6632

Re: Where is the church in reenactment?

Hello If you are still looking for a medieval group, try Paladins of Chivalry based in Croydon. http://www.paladins.co.uk We have a Bishop and my persona is that of an archer having been on pilgrimage. That covers a large subject without actually having to portray a man of god, who, as someone point...
by simonw
Sun Dec 07, 2014 7:08 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Weapons identification
Replies: 5
Views: 3074

Re: Weapons identification

Thanks for this Brother. Further googling would support your identification.
I will have to find a dealer and find out what its worth
by simonw
Sun Dec 07, 2014 7:05 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: More weapons identification
Replies: 5
Views: 2524

Re: More weapons identification

It is indeed a stiletto blade.
No markings.
The cross piece and pommel are brass (well, finish anyway)
Its a wire bound grip.
the leather of the sheath looks quite old.
We have no idea where it came from / provenance.
Thanks for your guidance!
by simonw
Sat Nov 22, 2014 5:43 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: More weapons identification
Replies: 5
Views: 2524

More weapons identification

dagger 1b.jpg
Can anyone comment on this dagger? Period, authenticity etc.
Sharp point only. The handle is coming off the blade. The sheath is leather but not in good condition.
With thanks in advance
by simonw
Sat Nov 22, 2014 5:34 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Weapons identification
Replies: 5
Views: 3074

Weapons identification

sword 1b.jpg sword 2b.jpg This were found in the props room of our local theatre. The sword is all metal, heavily pitted, but with a very sharp edge which seems never to have been re-sharpened. Because its so sharp it doesn't strike me as a theatrical prop and I dont know if it might be genuine. Ca...
by simonw
Thu Jul 31, 2014 1:24 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Fletching in an authentic setting- a query
Replies: 100
Views: 17212

Re: Fletching in an authentic setting- a query

I think war bows and war arrows were made on an industrial basis all over the country to supply the army. An archers personal hunting / practice arrows would probaby be made by himself if in the country, but bought off guild members in villages / towns big enough to have one. I believe most arrows f...
by simonw
Wed May 21, 2014 1:19 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Arrow Cock Fletching colour
Replies: 8
Views: 3154

Re: Arrow Cock Fletching colour

Ascham refers to it being done sometimes. Contempoary art refers to it too although one needs to be careful of using art at face value, then, and even now, the artist will embellish something to 'look better' than it might do in real lfe. In practice - nocking an arrow the right way without an indic...
by simonw
Wed Feb 12, 2014 1:43 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Long Bow Archers' Accuracy?
Replies: 18
Views: 5355

Re: Long Bow Archers' Accuracy?

My 50lb bow will reach 220 yds as will my 80lb bow. other members of my club can do that distance no problem without using a warbow..... I don't mean to be an *rse here, or provoke an argument, but saying anybody in an archery club can reach 220 yards is not really relevant because you're probably ...
by simonw
Wed Feb 12, 2014 1:40 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Long Bow Archers' Accuracy?
Replies: 18
Views: 5355

Re: Long Bow Archers' Accuracy?

Simon, I think what the guys are saying is that you are 'supposing' and 'thinking', ie guessing (much like the rest of us) rather than showing information of the period, such information is the Holy Grail of many re-enactment archers or those interested in historical archery. 'Archers of the time w...
by simonw
Tue Feb 11, 2014 2:18 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Long Bow Archers' Accuracy?
Replies: 18
Views: 5355

Re: Long Bow Archers' Accuracy?

I go back to my original statement. Re-enactment archers arent equivilent to C14 archers, or quite obviously from the preceeding posts, not equivilent to an average club archer. My 50lb bow will reach 220 yds as will my 80lb bow. other members of my club can do that distance no problem without using...
by simonw
Tue Jan 28, 2014 2:42 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Long Bow Archers' Accuracy?
Replies: 18
Views: 5355

Re: Long Bow Archers' Accuracy?

You cant compare any re-enactment archers with the medieval army archers....!!! I believe they did have to hit a man size target at 220 yds - any half decent club archer can do that. Most hunted with the bow too so were adept at hitting rabbit sized stuff / birds at say 50 yards Most used a bow much...
by simonw
Fri Nov 29, 2013 2:10 pm
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: 1950s small textiles town life: esp. vicarage/convent life
Replies: 4
Views: 1766

Re: 1950s small textiles town life: esp. vicarage/convent li

Ask your local RC vicar?

There must be lots of people still alive to talk to about this?

otherwise watch Father Ted...
by simonw
Fri Nov 01, 2013 1:55 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Long bows, longer bows
Replies: 6
Views: 2204

Re: Long bows, longer bows

It just may be as simple as the wood used to supply the bows for the army at the time of that battle needed the greater length because of a poor grain in the wood.
by simonw
Wed Jul 17, 2013 1:39 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: St Sampsons High School medieval life at Castle Cornet.
Replies: 8
Views: 2952

Re: St Sampsons High School medieval life at Castle Cornet.

Hope you got the parents written consent to publish these pictures.....
by simonw
Mon Jun 10, 2013 1:03 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Smaller Bow Strings
Replies: 10
Views: 2920

Re: Smaller Bow Strings

a troll or what.....
by simonw
Wed May 29, 2013 12:50 pm
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: Help sought sourcing WW1 Highland Regiment dress uniform
Replies: 8
Views: 2969

Re: Help sought sourcing WW1 Highland Regiment dress uniform

If you ever fancy coming out to play with us check out the website for our events. After hours there are Camerons, Black Watch, Royal Marines etc so there would be plenty of opportunity for you to wear the kit and swap stories :) http://www.gordonhighlanders1914-18.co.uk/ The offer is much apprecia...
by simonw
Tue May 28, 2013 12:33 pm
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: Help sought sourcing WW1 Highland Regiment dress uniform
Replies: 8
Views: 2969

Re: Help sought sourcing WW1 Highland Regiment dress uniform

Dixie wrote:Are you looking to do a bit of reenacting or just getting the kit together?


Possibly both, possibly just because I want it, possibly because I'm writing a play about him.

Thanks for the replies so far...
by simonw
Sun May 26, 2013 9:36 pm
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: How did a Lancastrian end up in a Scottish Regiment?
Replies: 3
Views: 1667

How did a Lancastrian end up in a Scottish Regiment?

My grandfather signed up in Manchester in 1914/15. He ended up in 8th Seaforth Highlanders. We have no knowledge of the circumstances surrounding it. He had no scottish connections. Would he have just been assigned a regiment, or would he have been able to request it? There is little info on the web...
by simonw
Sun May 26, 2013 9:32 pm
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: Help sought sourcing WW1 Highland Regiment dress uniform
Replies: 8
Views: 2969

Re: Help sought sourcing WW1 Highland Regiment dress uniform

Thanks very much for all of this. Any pointers to whom can supply the stuff would be appreciated.

Regards
by simonw
Tue May 21, 2013 1:26 pm
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: Help sought sourcing WW1 Highland Regiment dress uniform
Replies: 8
Views: 2969

Help sought sourcing WW1 Highland Regiment dress uniform

I am particularly interested in sourcing Seaforth Highlanders (8th to be exact) dress uniform of an ordinary soldier.
This was my grandfathers regiment.
I'm also trying to source a history of this regiment. There is little direct info on the net or the relevant WW1 blogs.
With thanks in advance

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