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by Colin Middleton
Fri Mar 04, 2016 1:47 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: clothing for Robert Campin's portrait subjects
Replies: 1
Views: 731

Re: clothing for Robert Campin's portrait subjects

The book "The Medieval Tailors Assistant" is the go to hand-book for recreating Medieval clothing. The author, Sarah Thursfield also runs 'workroom days' when she can help you get started on something like this. Contact her through her website http://www.sarathursfield.com if you're intere...
by Colin Middleton
Sat Jan 30, 2016 8:00 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Black armour - right or wrong?
Replies: 91
Views: 23509

Re: Black armour - right or wrong?

Mark Griffin wrote:Do you mean true lacquer, and in England Colin?

Yes. I'm not sure if they were used in England, it's a bit after my period.
by Colin Middleton
Sat Jan 30, 2016 10:19 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Black armour - right or wrong?
Replies: 91
Views: 23509

Re: Black armour - right or wrong?

By the 17th C there were black lacquering techniques used as well. Again it's a permanent colouring technique, but one that wasn't in use in the Middle Ages.

Colin
by Colin Middleton
Mon Dec 28, 2015 8:26 pm
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Newbie's guide to kit buying
Replies: 53
Views: 13909

Re: Newbie's guide to kit buying

Not necessarily. Prior the the Civil war, there wasn't official uniform. That's why the period being reenacted is so important.
by Colin Middleton
Wed Dec 23, 2015 2:19 pm
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Newbie's guide to kit buying
Replies: 53
Views: 13909

Re: Newbie's guide to kit buying

What period?
by Colin Middleton
Wed Nov 25, 2015 2:00 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Authentic style clothing for 1197
Replies: 21
Views: 3044

Re: Authentic style clothing for 1197

Where to get clothing. The cheapest ways are either to make it yourself or buy second hand from another reenactor. Most groups sell kit within the group and some markets will have a second hand stall. In both these cases, you need to know what you're looking for, or you might end up with something i...
by Colin Middleton
Wed Nov 25, 2015 1:17 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Natural Dyes?
Replies: 32
Views: 16619

Re: Natural Dyes?

Be careful growing wode. My wife out some in the front, then after a few years decided that she didn't want it and pulled it out. It took another 4 years of pulling I out to be rid of it.
by Colin Middleton
Wed Nov 11, 2015 1:23 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Advice on 14th century bags
Replies: 5
Views: 1399

Re: Advice on 14th century bags

The second ne is the best of the three. It I unusually plain and the leather and the seams don't look right. The top should not be open like that, a slit on the front provides access and is covered by the flap. The first one looks kind-of right, but the button is wrong. Both the first two have clear...
by Colin Middleton
Tue Sep 22, 2015 8:50 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Mail skirts in museums
Replies: 2
Views: 1119

Re: Mail skirts in museums

I thought that I had, but I'll have to try again. Thank you for the pointer.

Colin
by Colin Middleton
Fri Sep 18, 2015 8:18 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Writing on armour
Replies: 24
Views: 2997

Re: Writing on armour

Finally acid etching appears at the end of the 15th C and starts to replace these more laborious decorative techniques. Now that's interesting. It indicates that a different branch of craftsmen were finding the uses of acids first made by alchemists. Is there a more definite date? Unfortunately Bla...
by Colin Middleton
Tue Sep 15, 2015 7:17 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Writing on armour
Replies: 24
Views: 2997

Re: Writing on armour

Finally found something on this in Blair's European Armour. He had it in a separate chapter later in the book. He dates it appearing during the second quarter of the 14th C. Strips of decorative metals were attached to the armour, bearing designs and inscriptions worked with fine punched dots. From ...
by Colin Middleton
Thu Sep 10, 2015 9:27 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: pilgrimage from Southampton to Canterbury
Replies: 5
Views: 1360

Re: pilgrimage from Southampton to Canterbury

I'd appreciate if you could share details of the German and Polish ones, as all the pictures that I've seen proved on closer inspection to be either separate hoods or a gardercorpse being miss understood.

Colin
by Colin Middleton
Mon Sep 07, 2015 7:12 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: pilgrimage from Southampton to Canterbury
Replies: 5
Views: 1360

Re: pilgrimage from Southampton to Canterbury

I'm surprised about hooded cloaks Brother Ranulf. All the cloaks evidence that I'm aware of have separate hoods. As for footwear, authentic boots leak, so I can't see a big advantage for them over shoes, but I don't know. Either way, get them well made and remember that these cheap Indian ones with ...
by Colin Middleton
Mon Sep 07, 2015 7:22 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 15 Century sewing patterns
Replies: 15
Views: 5190

Re: 15 Century sewing patterns

:angel: Well everyone picks on him so badly if I don't. :wink: I was thinking somewhat of the problems that we had the other year, when bad weather wrecked the flax harvests and just about the only linen available was more hole than thread. The lower classes might get away with linen like that (or h...
by Colin Middleton
Sun Sep 06, 2015 7:14 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 15 Century sewing patterns
Replies: 15
Views: 5190

Re: 15 Century sewing patterns

Hi Alice, while I broadly agree with you on using the right fabric for your period, how do you stand on the 'better good cotton than bad linen' argument?

Colin
by Colin Middleton
Wed Sep 02, 2015 11:11 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Writing on armour
Replies: 24
Views: 2997

Re: Writing on armour

That's one of the things that I'm trying to work out. What is written and where is it found on the armour.
by Colin Middleton
Wed Sep 02, 2015 10:24 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Writing on armour
Replies: 24
Views: 2997

Re: Writing on armour

There's a similar breastplate in the Armouries in Leeds.
by Colin Middleton
Tue Sep 01, 2015 8:29 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Writing on armour
Replies: 24
Views: 2997

Re: Writing on armour

Chris Dobson wrote a good article on the cuire boullie armour of the early 14th C and there is good reference to it in Blaire and Paddock & Edger's books. I'm hoping that I can arrange a quick trip to the Royal Armories soon, but I thought that I'd see if anyone can point me to any specific lead...
by Colin Middleton
Tue Sep 01, 2015 11:56 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Writing on armour
Replies: 24
Views: 2997

Writing on armour

there is something of a fashion for text on armour amongst re-enactors, normally slogans ob helmets. Does anyone know of evidence for text painted or inscribed on armour? The only example that I can think of is the Avante Armour in Glasgow.

Many thanks

Colin
by Colin Middleton
Sun Aug 23, 2015 6:49 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sprang
Replies: 4
Views: 1717

Re: Sprang

There was a very interesting talk about sprang in the 16th C at MeDATS a while back. Try contacting them for details.

Colin
by Colin Middleton
Sun Aug 23, 2015 6:15 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Wars of the Roses: Evidence for a German house?
Replies: 5
Views: 1580

Re: Wars of the Roses: Evidence for a German house?

Remember that most of the mercenaries used in the Wars of the Roses were from England, Scotland, France, Burgundy and the Low Countries. Basically, why march half-way across Europe to fight in some backwater island, when there are plenty of wars at home. Also, I was under the impressing that mercena...
by Colin Middleton
Mon Aug 03, 2015 12:57 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 1480 Hats
Replies: 1
Views: 914

Re: 1480 Hats

I'd go for an 'acorn' hat. Basically, tall ones that taper to a domed top.

Colin
by Colin Middleton
Mon Aug 03, 2015 12:52 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Poleaxe Tail Spike
Replies: 2
Views: 925

Re: Poleaxe Tail Spike

Whitwell armouries were kind enough to fit a butt spike to my glaive. I'd have thought that most armourers would be able to do that for you.

Colin
by Colin Middleton
Sat Aug 01, 2015 9:52 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Mail skirts in museums
Replies: 2
Views: 1119

Mail skirts in museums

I got to wondering the other day are there any good examples of mail skirts in museums that anyone knows of? Even better, are there any reports on them? I know of reports on shirts and standards and a bishops mantel and I've managed to get a good look at a couple of brayettes, but I can't think of a...
by Colin Middleton
Fri Jul 10, 2015 12:56 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Riding hose......
Replies: 3
Views: 1389

Re: Riding hose......

As Mark said, no evidence. However as a conjecture... We know that patching and repairing was the norm in the Middle Ages, so patching it seems quite reasonable. Would leather have been used? Leather I quite an expensive material, so it won't have been used without consideration, but that's not to s...
by Colin Middleton
Fri Jul 10, 2015 12:39 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 14 th C 15th C riding/ arming boots
Replies: 3
Views: 928

Re: 14 th C 15th C riding/ arming boots

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by Colin Middleton
Wed Jun 17, 2015 12:27 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: How to use lances
Replies: 37
Views: 4780

Re: How to use lances

Mark Griffin wrote:Meaning the original question was about lances.

But you answered that weeks ago and the digression is rather interesting...

Colin
by Colin Middleton
Sat May 23, 2015 10:00 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: How accurate are leather gauntlets as armour?
Replies: 17
Views: 4205

Re: How accurate are leather gauntlets as armour?

Apparently you can get it from Claytons in Chesterfield.
by Colin Middleton
Sat May 23, 2015 7:06 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: How accurate are leather gauntlets as armour?
Replies: 17
Views: 4205

Re: How accurate are leather gauntlets as armour?

this scabbard leather stuff that Chris talks about. ?? From International Arms And Armour Conference 2003: Art And Arms Florence, City Of The Medici, edited by Christopher Dobson, page 89: To return to the leather itself, one needs to start with a partially-tanned hide (vegetable tannage). Today th...
by Colin Middleton
Thu May 21, 2015 7:26 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: How accurate are leather gauntlets as armour?
Replies: 17
Views: 4205

Re: How accurate are leather gauntlets as armour?

I'm a little skeptical about this scabbard leather stuff that Chris talks about. I may well be wrong, but it just doesn't fit with everything else that I've heard about Medieval leather.

Colin

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