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by de Coverley
Wed Aug 02, 2017 11:52 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Holy Orders in England, 13th c.
Replies: 3
Views: 373

Re: Holy Orders in England, 13th c.

http://www.bartsgreathall.com/index.php ... y-of-barts

Does the history of Barts hospital hold any interest?
by de Coverley
Sun Jul 23, 2017 1:16 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Wanted; white knee socks.
Replies: 3
Views: 199

Wanted; white knee socks.

I'm looking for white knee socks in a period fabric (wool, cotton, silk? ) appropriate to a noble man of the Playford or Regency era.

If you can supply, or suggest a supplier, to order or from stock, please tell me below, or by PM.
by de Coverley
Tue Jul 04, 2017 10:23 pm
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: Six string 'cello??
Replies: 3
Views: 463

Re: Six string 'cello??

Thank you. Yes exactly like a bass viol.
by de Coverley
Mon Jul 03, 2017 10:49 pm
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: Six string 'cello??
Replies: 3
Views: 463

Six string 'cello??

I recently danced to a band with what looked like a six string 'cello.

What is it properly called, can anyone describe it's period, evolution, tuning etc. Viol? da Gamba?

The band also had fiddle and lute, and what looked like a fiddle played like a 'cello! Their music was Playford era.
by de Coverley
Tue Feb 21, 2017 5:55 pm
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: WWII Luftwaffe
Replies: 14
Views: 3989

Re: WWII Luftwaffe

There are few WW2 aviator reenactors who look "complete" because a Spitfire or Fokke Wulfe (etc) gets expensive and hard to store in a suburban family home. Having a "Crashed" one introduces all sorts of sharp edges fro risk assessment.
by de Coverley
Mon Feb 20, 2017 7:03 pm
Forum: Societies
Topic: Reenactment Group - Legal Status
Replies: 3
Views: 473

Re: Reenactment Group - Legal Status

NOW is a very good time to review what your organisation actually does, and pay the money to a law firm for consultation and creation of a Ltd Company. this limits the directors and members liabilities. Then you should look into insurances to cover injuries to people and damage to property during cl...
by de Coverley
Fri Feb 17, 2017 12:55 am
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: This may be a little off topic as it deals with dancing
Replies: 10
Views: 2093

Re: This may be a little off topic as it deals with dancing

John Playford's English Dancing Master, which started in 1651 (tho some say 1650) and ran as a series until about 1720, is available in facsimile and modern type face many times on the www, complete with music. http://www.pbm.com/~lindahl/playford_1651/ Mr Playford was a compiler, editor and publish...
by de Coverley
Mon Jul 11, 2016 7:55 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Summer weight Regency Jacket
Replies: 0
Views: 613

Summer weight Regency Jacket

I have two Regency tail suits for period dance. Being wool they are hot, -to too hot.. I'm looking for a decent period design for something cooler for summer dances but still period correct. Can anyone offer a period correct design, does anyone want to supply a correct but lightweight jacket, (maybe...
by de Coverley
Sun May 22, 2016 10:02 am
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Should history be fictional?
Replies: 15
Views: 2153

Re: Should history be fictional?

Fiction is good, it's a distraction from real life, but it's NOT history. There may be historical references but fiction is not history. Usually, apart from some principal events, history is best researched from several sources, single source research from contemporary writing may work, but from non...
by de Coverley
Mon Feb 08, 2016 9:14 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Historic Castings (cauldrons) website
Replies: 15
Views: 2289

Re: Historic Castings (cauldrons) website

If you have a pattern, Whitechapel bell foundry or possibly Taylors (Loughborough) Foundry would be my first choices, They are used to big cope and core castings!
by de Coverley
Sat Jan 30, 2016 12:45 am
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: What's a good 17th century surname?
Replies: 8
Views: 2044

Re: What's a good 17th century surname?

Fletcher, Carver, Butcher, Smith, Forester -trades of the period. John Playford, Mr Cosgill, Mr Beveridge, Miss Sayer Farrier, Currier, Brewer. Seriously up market names may still hark back to the French/Norman De Beer, De Burgh. Add a smattering of Dutch influence especially in East Anglia Don't kn...
by de Coverley
Mon Dec 28, 2015 8:06 pm
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Newbie's guide to kit buying
Replies: 53
Views: 11967

Re: Newbie's guide to kit buying

Will you be part of a uniform group (soldiers etc) If so uniformity across the group may be more important than accurately following research of the unit's uniform regulations.
by de Coverley
Sun Dec 06, 2015 9:38 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Tent Poles
Replies: 11
Views: 1832

Re: Tent Poles

Bearing in mind the smaller population and the larger number of growing forests I suspect that the historically accurate method would be to go to the local woods and chose and fell a suitable sapling or small tree. Walk inside the woods and the trees will be taller and straighter as they grow upward...
by de Coverley
Tue Dec 01, 2015 11:33 pm
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: Cheap uniforms required - "Blackadder Goes Forth"
Replies: 9
Views: 1348

Re: Cheap uniforms required - "Blackadder Goes Forth"

Last visited:Mon Nov 02, 2015 8:31 pm

Made a post then didn't come back :(
by de Coverley
Wed Nov 18, 2015 11:13 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Authentic style clothing for 1197
Replies: 21
Views: 1939

Re: Authentic style clothing for 1197

My point being that you could pick 20 different styles from the 20th century from flapper girl to rock n roller to mini skirt etc. I expect you could pick the same range from any century . So come as close as you can and miss all the obvious clangers -no-one remembers the era with any clarity!
by de Coverley
Wed Nov 18, 2015 8:12 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Authentic style clothing for 1197
Replies: 21
Views: 1939

Re: Authentic style clothing for 1197

Just think of the variety of fashion in the 20th century. There would likely have been the same variance in any period. Start by avoiding obvious anachronisms -eg zips and synthetics.
by de Coverley
Mon Nov 09, 2015 9:34 pm
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: Researching a WWII DEMS Gunner. Any advice appreciated.
Replies: 4
Views: 1695

Re: Researching a WWII DEMS Gunner. Any advice appreciated.

For specific ww11 there is a lot of wisdom on wwiireenacting.co.uk/forum/ Hoping that you have his name and service number searches should be relatively simple.
by de Coverley
Thu Nov 05, 2015 1:37 pm
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: Cheap uniforms required - "Blackadder Goes Forth"
Replies: 9
Views: 1348

Re: Cheap uniforms required - "Blackadder Goes Forth"

You have PM's with contact details for a hirer with OWALW costume.
by de Coverley
Wed Nov 04, 2015 12:48 am
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: Cheap uniforms required - "Blackadder Goes Forth"
Replies: 9
Views: 1348

Re: Cheap uniforms required - "Blackadder Goes Forth"

This is Am Dram, you don't need to buy the uniforms they'll be no use later OWALW is back to back catalogue as 2014, 100 anniversary of ww1, has passed. There must be dozens of prop hire firms who made costume for OWALW who would like another hire for the uniforms hire at thespis.biz may be a start ...
by de Coverley
Mon Nov 02, 2015 9:47 pm
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: Cheap uniforms required - "Blackadder Goes Forth"
Replies: 9
Views: 1348

Re: Cheap uniforms required - "Blackadder Goes Forth"

Never used Paddelaters so no comment.

Oh What A Lovely War was the play of the year in 2014 as the centenary of the opening of WW1. There must be several costumieres with a set of WW1 costumes not flavour of this year.
by de Coverley
Wed Oct 14, 2015 12:11 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Who Made The Best Cannons, & Cannon Plans
Replies: 23
Views: 2377

Re: Who Made The Best Cannons, & Cannon Plans

Unless you find someone with specific experience with making gun barrels then it's likely that some competent workers will refuse the job for the ongoing product liability issues.
by de Coverley
Mon Oct 12, 2015 8:47 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Who Made The Best Cannons, & Cannon Plans
Replies: 23
Views: 2377

Re: Who Made The Best Cannons, & Cannon Plans

Firstly China would NOT be a place I'd buy a barrel from, Chinese alloy car wheels have a poor reputation for casting quality with inclusions and voids sometimes found on x-ray, second you will have to guess what alloy they used could be tough or brittle. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYWDuXadosA ...
by de Coverley
Thu Oct 08, 2015 12:40 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Who Made The Best Cannons, & Cannon Plans
Replies: 23
Views: 2377

Re: Who Made The Best Cannons, & Cannon Plans

Be absolutely certain that you can (physically) and may (legally) keep your weapon suitably secure. If it's really heavy you'll need a crane to put it in a gun cabinet.
by de Coverley
Sat Sep 05, 2015 11:51 am
Forum: Societies
Topic: looking for a group to join in Lancashire
Replies: 6
Views: 1000

Re: looking for a group to join in Lancashire

WW2 is well represented on wwiireenacting.co.uk/forum/ Whether there is anything interesting in your area...
by de Coverley
Wed Sep 02, 2015 10:54 pm
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Black Powder storage advice and regulations.
Replies: 36
Views: 6085

Re: Black Powder storage advice and regulations.

One can only hope that the refreshments are up to Surrey Police standards.
by de Coverley
Thu Aug 27, 2015 9:07 pm
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Black Powder storage advice and regulations.
Replies: 36
Views: 6085

Re: Black Powder storage advice and regulations.

ORDCON tends to be organised at very short notice but it was always in October, just when fireworkers are busy! The organisers certainly used to be senior members of the Institute of Explosives Engineers ( iexpe.org ) who's office may be able to assist with the current contact details.
by de Coverley
Sat Jul 25, 2015 1:18 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: WTB Victorian full dress tail suit complete
Replies: 1
Views: 686

WTB Victorian full dress tail suit complete

I'm looking for a full dress evening tail suit of about 1850. I'm looking for the whole outfit bespoke, and essentially by the end of August bank holiday week. Does anyone who has the time and interest want to quote me a price please? Natural fibres inc silk where necessary but can be machine sewn. ...
by de Coverley
Sat Jul 11, 2015 8:03 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: WTB Gent's white hose
Replies: 1
Views: 689

WTB Gent's white hose

I'm looking for gents white hose to go with a/ a 1750 outfit and b/ a 1815 outfit. I'm thinking of silk or fine wool. I'd rather they were a moderrnly acceptable shade of white, distinctly more white than "natural".

Self promotion or recommendations welcome please.
by de Coverley
Mon Jun 22, 2015 7:20 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Historic Costumes and How to Make Them
Replies: 2
Views: 565

Re: Historic Costumes and How to Make Them

ISBN 10: 0486449068 ISBN 13: 9780486449067

From £5.80 on Abe books.co.uk
by de Coverley
Sat Mar 07, 2015 4:50 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: WTB Tricorn hat appropriate for 1760
Replies: 1
Views: 604

WTB Tricorn hat appropriate for 1760

I'm looking for a black tricorne hat to suit a 1760 gent. definitely an extra large as it's to be worn with a wig. Recommendation or self promotion welcome please. Proximity to East London even better first outing is two weeks away (ie end of march 15)

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